AUTRALIA’S Matt Jones is joint leader of the US PGA Tour’s 2012 Puerto Rico Open after the first round.
In a strong wind making scoring difficult, Jones shot a 6-under 66 to be joint leader with American George McNeill.
“It was very windy. Just had to judge it right,” an excited Jones said. The 31 year old eagled the par-5 second hole and had five birdies and a bogey on the Trump International course.
“I had unbelievable ball-striking,” Jones said. “I think I was pin high every hole except 17, when I wanted to be a bit short of it, then I made good putts, had a good eagle to get started and had a great day.”
Jones is still searching for his debut PGA Tour victory and had just one top ten finish last year.
McNeill, a former Florida State player who won the 2007 Frys.com Open for his lone PGA Tour title, had a bogey-free round.
“It’s just like Florida, so it felt comfortable, and I happened to play well,” McNeill said. “Obviously, I hit it pretty well and putted pretty well, and the few greens that I missed, I chipped then close and had tap-ins and everything else, so I avoided the mistakes.”
Ben Curtis was a stroke back at 67, while Jeff Overton, Todd Hamilton, Kevin Kisner and Daniel Summerhays followed at 68.
The next best places Aussies were Gavin Coles and Matthew Goggin with 3-under 69’s. Rod Pampling and Nathan Green are at 1-under while a resurgent Peter Lonard is on even.2012 Puerto Rico Open Leaderboard