Garcia wins Puerto Rico Junior Open, earns Tour start
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Jorge Garcia, a native of Miami, won the AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open by a seven-stroke margin at 10-under-par 206, and with his victory earns a coveted exemption into the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open in March.
After a record-setting opening-round 63, Garcia steadied his pace with an even-par 72 in the final round to maintain his seven-shot lead. He entered this week with tons of confidence after a runner-up finish last year.
“I have been playing really well and I have been shooting some really good scores in my last couple tournaments,” said Garcia. “It was just a matter of time before I went low. I still have that little grind from last year that I really wanted to win and I just made sure that I knew every shot was going to count.”
After coming up just short in last year’s event, Garcia is happy all his hard work paid off and was able to pick up his first AJGA victory and earn the Tour exemption.
“It feels really good to get my first AJGA win in the same tournament that gets me into a PGA Tour event and makes it even extra special,” said Garcia. “Having the opportunity to play on the PGA Tour is what everyone dreams about and I will just work hard from now until March.”
Three players tied for second at 3-under-par 213: Austen Truslow, Kristian Caparros and Cameron Champ, while Theo Humphrey and Corey Shaun tied for fifth at 2-under-par.
Information for the AJGA was used in this report