Ryoto Furuya takes two-shot lead in Puerto Rico
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Florida native Ryoto Furuya fired a second-consecutive, 3-under 69 to take a two-shot lead at the AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open on Sunday in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
The tournament will conclude on Monday at the par-72 Trump International Golf Club – Championship Course.
Furuya, 16, used back-to-back birdies to finish his second round to take the outright lead, capping off a bogey-free day.
“The last two holes gave me a lot of confidence, especially with my putting,” said Furuya. “I made a couple 15-20-footers the last two holes for birdie. It really makes me ready for tomorrow and has my confidence up.”
The tournament provides the winner a PGA Tour exemption, but Furuya is trying not to get ahead of himself.
“I will be watching my fellow competitors and it almost feels like a match in match play, but I also don’t want to think too much and push myself too hard,” said Furuya. “I really just want to go out and have fun out there and hopefully the score will come.”
Overnight leader Jorge Garcia is only two shots back, tied with California native Nathan Zhao in second. Those four shots back include Shotaro Onuki, Jonathan Rector, Jackson Lang and Luis Gerardo Garza.