The WGC Cadillac Championship isn’t the only game in town on the PGA Tour this week. Those that didn’t qualify for the World Golf Championship event still had the opportunity to play the Puerto Rico Open.
At the conclusion of the first round in Puerto Rico, Andres Romero and Cameron Percy have a share of the lead after posting scores of seven under par 65. Wily veteran Angel Cabrera is just two shots off of the lead after shooting a 67 in the first round.
Patrick Cantlay got a great deal of attention heading into this week as one of the younger tour players with a chance to pick up a victory this week. He didn’t play poorly in the first round, but he has some ground to make up, as he’s currently five shots off of the pace. Cantlay’s round was relatively uneventful. He carded three birdies and a bogey on his first nine holes. He finished the round with 11 consecutive pars. Not a very exciting round, but productive, nonetheless.
There’s a pretty rich purse of $3.5 million on the line this week in addition to 300 FedEx Cup points and $630,000 reserved for the winner. The fact that there isn’t one dominant golfer in this event should allow for a great deal of movement before everything is said and done. I think it’s safe to say that the leaderboard on Sunday afternoon will look quite different that it does right now.
This tournament might not have the biggest names in the world, but these guys are all professionals and are pretty darn good at what they do. Besides, a win is a win, right?