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Mark Hubbard on top at Puerto Rico
06 Mar 2015 15:03
American Mark Hubbard ended the first day of the Puerto Rico Open with a one-shot lead after carding an opening 68 in Rio Grande.
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Starting on the back nine, Hubbard sank two birdies and a bogey to make the turn in 35 shots, while the front nine proved more fruitful as the 25-year-old PGA Tour rookie came home in 33 shots to lie four under par.
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Hubbard's final nine holes included three successive birdies from the fourth and another at the ninth. The only blot in the second half of the world number 394's round was a bogey at the par-three eighth.
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"It played tough out there with the wind, but I hit a lot of really good kind of three-quarter and half shots into the wind," Hubbard said on the PGA Tour website.
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"I actually probably played the into the wind holes better than the downwind holes where I had to just hit normal shots. But I drove it pretty well, kept it in the fairway and made a lot of solid 5-, 6-footers."
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Hubbard enjoys a slender lead over compatriots Chris Smith and Billy Mayfair, and Argentinian Emiliano Grillo, who are tied for second on three under after rounds of 69.
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Smith and Grillo carded five birdies and two bogeys, while Mayfair recorded six birdies and three bogeys.
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They are a shot ahead of an 11-strong group of players on two under, which includes former world number one David Duval, Spaniard Rafael Cabrera Bello and Germany's Alex Cejka.
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Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge, the tournament's top-ranked player at 87th in the world, is one of 10 players on one under, while two-time major winner John Daly is one of 15 who shot a level-par 72.
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