D.A. Points secured his third PGA Tour title with a two-stroke victory over Bryson DeChambeau, Retief Goosen and Bill Lunde in the Puerto Rico Open.
D.A. Points fired a closing round of 66 at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club to win the Puerto Rico Open and earn a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
Points began the final round in Puerto Rico with five straight birdies but he then started to struggle, dropping shots at the sixth, eighth and 10th holes. It looked like things might unravel but he regained his composure with good par saves on the 11th and 12th holes.
“I said, `If I can just make this putt, I’ve got a chance to kind of get the momentum going back the other way.’ And then I holed a nice putt on 13 and then I settled my swing down and started hitting it close again,” he said. “Golf is like that, right? You have highs and lows and rarely do you just play every hole perfect. To bounce back after kind of a rough stretch there, I’m really proud.”
3 Talking points from the Puerto Rico Open
1 – This was a big week for Points who had lost his card a year ago. He is now exempt for two years on the PGA Tour and, although the victory doesn’t earn him a place at The Masters, it does gain him entry into The Players Championship and the USPGA Championship.
2 – Retief Goosen posted a closing 64 to finish in a tie for second. It was his best PGA Tour result since he won the Transitions Championship in 2009.
3 – Chris Stroud had held the lead through 54 holes – the first time he had been in that position on the PGA Tour. Trying to win for the first time in his 277th start, he struggled to a closing 71 and finished four back.
Puerto Rico Open
Coco Beach Golf and CC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Purse: $3,000,000 Par: 72
1 D.A. Points (USA) 64 69 69 66 268 $540,000
T2 Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 68 65 70 67 270 $224,000
T2 Retief Goosen (RSA) 68 67 71 64 270 $224,000
T2 Bill Lunde (USA) 65 68 69 68 270 $224,000
T5 Whee Kim (Kor) 71 65 67 68 271 $109,500
T5 Sam Saunders (USA) 70 69 67 65 271 $109,500
T5 Peter Uihlein (USA) 69 68 68 66 271 $109,500
T8 J.J. Henry (USA) 69 65 75 63 272 $90,000
T8 Chris Stroud (USA) 69 65 67 71 272 $90,000
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage