New­ly­wed Mul­li­nax grabs lead

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­AMI: Five days af­ter mar­ry­ing his high school sweet­heart, Amer­i­can rookie Trey Mul­li­nax fired a bo­gey-free nine-un­der par 63 to seize a one-stroke lead on Thurs­day at the storm-hit Puerto Rico Open.

Mul­li­nax, who mar­ried Abi Ess­man in his home­town of Birm­ing­ham, Alabama, matched the best open­ing round in tour­na­ment his­tory with his low­est PGA round to seize a one-stroke lead over com­pa­triot D.A. Points.

Light­ning halted the first round of the US PGA Tour event with 36 play­ers still on the course, the near­est of them to the lead be­ing Amer­i­can Jonathan Ran­doph at six-un­der with three holes re­main­ing.

Mul­li­nax be­gan on the back nine with three con­sec­u­tive birdies and added another at the par-five 15th. He added back-to­back birdies to open his sec­ond nine, two more at four and five and his last at the sev­enth.

Amer­i­cans Bill Lunde and Xan­der Schauf­fele shared third on 65 with Canada’s David Hearn and Amer­i­cans Harold Varner, Ricky Barnes, Kevin Tway and J.T. Pos­ton on 66. AFP

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