RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - Former Florida Gulf Coast University golfer Derek Lamely won his first PGA Tour event on Monday at the Puerto Rico Open. Lamely followed a course record 63 with a final round 66, to win the tournament by two strokes and become the first ever FGCU graduate to win a PGA Tour event.
Lamely finished at 19-under 269 to outlast Kris Blanks at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico, a palm-fringed 7,526-yard course which was hit hard by rain early in the competition.
Lamely, a rookie on TOUR who finished No. 4 on the 2009 Nationwide Tour money list, earned $630,000 along with PGA TOUR playing privileges through 2012.
Lamely, who finished at 1:30 p.m., had to watch his competitors for more than two hours to see if he'd be overtaken or forced into a sudden-death playoff.
With this win, Derek Lamely ...
Earns 1st career PGA Tour victory at the age of 29 years, 8 months and 3 days in his 12th career start on TOUR. Fully Exempt through the 2012 season.
Earns spot in the season-opening 2011 SBS Championship, as well as the following events in 2010 if not already qualified: Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the Memorial, AT&T National and PGA Championship.
PGA Tour Victories (1)
2010 Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
PUERTO RICO OPEN NOTES
Earns first victory in second career start at event. Monday Qualified for the Puerto Rico Open in 2009 (T13).
Shot a course record 9-under 63 in the third round.
Set tournament record with 19-under 269.
Stats for the week:
Driving Distance 282.6 (T11)
Driving Accuracy 28 of 56/50% (T66)
Greens in Regulation 52 of 72/72.2% (T25)
Total Putts 105 (3)
Collects 250 FedExCup points and $630,000.
Is the first rookie to win on the PGA Tour since Marc Turnesa won the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Has made four of eight cuts on tour this season. Coming into this week, had missed three of his last four cuts.
Was four strokes behind third-round leader Kevin Streelman entering the final round. The four stroke come back in the final round ties Hunter Mahan (Waste Management Phoenix Open) for the largest on tour this season.
Turned in the second lowest final 36 holes of the year on tour with a 15-under 129. Matt Kuchar had a 16-under 128 at the Bob Hope Classic.
Win is the fifth this season by a player in his 20s.
Collects his first top-10 finish and third top-25 finish.
Best finish before his win today was T18 at the 2010 Bob Hope Classic.
Teed off No. 10 in the final round. The last person to tee off on No. 10 and win was Keith Clearwater at the 1987 Colonial Invitational.