George McNeill of the USA birdied the last three holes to win the Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club by two shots from Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa.

Ishikawa closed with a 68 to post a clubhouse total of 14-under-par. At that point he was leading by one. But McNeill made his move late and with birdies on the 16th and 17th had taken the lead himself. He added one more birdie at the closing hole to win the event by two clear strokes.

“I was really nervous, but I knew what I had to do, and basically I just had to bear down and get it done,” McNeill said. “If not, then somebody else was going to win. I was trying to basically have control of myself, and that’s all I was looking for.”

In finishing second Ishikawa has now earned over $580,000 on this year’s PGA Tour. That makes him eligible for special temporary membership. He has 60 days to join the tour on that basis, at which point he could take unlimited sponsor’s exemptions this season.

“Still thinking,” Ishikawa said. “Need some time to think about it, but that’s the direction I’ll be aiming for.”

It was another encouraging week for Henrik Stenson of Sweden. He closed with a 71 to finish tied for third with Boo Weekley.

Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com
Trump International GC, Puerto Rico, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Mar 8-11, purse $3,500,000 par 72

1   George McNeill (USA)   66   70   67   69   272   $630,000
2   Ryo Ishikawa (Jap)   70   67   69   68   274   $378,000
T3   Henrik Stenson (Swe)   70   69   65   71   275   $203,000
T3   Boo Weekley (USA)   70   68   71   66   275   $203,000
T5   Scott Brown (USA)   69   72   65   70   276   $133,000
T5   Matt Jones (Aus)      66   67   72   71   276   $133,000
T7   Kevin Stadler (USA)   69   69   66   73   277   $112,875
T7   Daniel Summerhays (USA) 68 70   68   71   277   $112,875
T9   Blake Adams (USA)   74   68   68   68   278   $94,500
T9   Graham DeLaet (Can)   69   70   68   71   278   $94,500

T9   Brandt Jobe (USA)   76   69   67   66   278   $94,500

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Where next?
WGC – Cadillac Championship:
Justin Rose takes the title