Tommy Gainey birdies five of his final seven holes in the opening round

Los Angeles, Feb 26 (AFP/APP): Tommy Gainey birdied five of his final seven holes in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Open for a 65 and a one shot lead over seven others, including local favourite Rafael Campos.

The 45-year-old American also had four birdies on the front nine to go with two bogeys to reach seven under in windy conditions at the Grand Reserve Country Club. Campos is tied with Robert Garrigus, Taylor Pendrith, Lee Hodges, Greg Chalmers, Fabian Gomez and Brandon Wu, who all shot 66. Gainey got off to a fast start Thursday, birdieing the opening two holes and three of the first four. “It’s windy. It’s Puerto Rico,” Gainey said.

“I’m just glad that it’s 80 degrees outside, because back in South Carolina, all it is, is 40 degrees and raining. So I’m just glad to be in some hot weather. Wind, I can deal with. But I just hit it really good today.” Campos is seeking his third top-10 finish in 12 starts in the event. There are no players ranked in the top 50 in the world in the field because it is being held the same week as the World Golf Championships at The Concession Gold Club in Bradenton, Florida.

But the stakes are high for the winner, who receives 300 FedEx Cup points, a two-year PGA Tour exemption and an invitation to the PGA Championship in May.

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