Garcia cards record 63, leads Puerto Rico Junior

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Jorge Garcia finished T-2 at the 2012 AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open, missing out on a spot in a PGA Tour event by just one shot.

The Miami native made his return to Rio Grande on Saturday, and what a return it was. Garcia shot a 9-under 63 to take a four-shot lead over Corey Shaun. The 63 bests the previous tournament record of 66, which was set by Jim Liu a year ago.

"Last year I came up short by just one stroke,” Garcia said. “So this year I know every shot counts, and I'm working hard to make sure I shoot the lowest score possible.”

Garcia, 16, made nine birdies and hit all 18 greens in his first round. The winner of this event, which ends Monday, will receive a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open in March.

“I just want to stay positive about my putting and confident that I'm going to make every putt, which is the way I felt today and it worked out,” Garcia said. “Just stay in the moment, stay calm and relaxed and know that I can do this for the next 36 holes.”

Theo Humphrey is third after an opening-round 69. Rafael Barnoya is fourth at 70. And a group of four players, including Auburn signee Matt Gilchrest, is T-5 at 71. Cameron Champ, the highest-ranked player in the field, is T-9 at 72.

Information from AJGA used in this report.

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