RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO – (Wire Service Report) – D.A. Points recorded five consecutive birdies to open the final round and overcame three bogeys in a five-hole stretch to claim a two-stroke victory at the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Points made a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to post a 6-under-par 66 on Sunday and finish the tournament at 20-under at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. The win resulted in the 40-year-old’s third career PGA Tour title and first since claiming the 2013 Houston Open.
South African Retief Goosen recorded eight birdies to pull into a three-way tie for second place with Bill Lunde and rookie Bryson DeChambeau.
“I can’t even begin to explain what this means,” Points told the Golf Channel. “Couple really awful years, I pretty much hit rock bottom. Put my family through a lot. To be able to find the strength and courage to stay calm and win is something I didn’t know I had in me.”
Points, who began the day one stroke behind leader Chris Stroud, bolted out of the blocks with a fast start only to be slowed by bogeys on Nos. 6, 8 and 10. He turned his fortunes around with birdies on Nos. 13, 14, 16 and 18.
Goosen, who is a former U.S. Open champion, recorded birdies on Nos. 2, 5, 7-10, 14 and 18 and benefited from his third bogey-free round of the tournament.
DeChambeau carded birdies on three of his last five holes to finish with a final-round 67.
Lunde collected six birdies on his final-round 68, but a par on the 18th left him in a three-way tie for second place. Peter Uihlein carded a final-round 66 to finish tied for fifth with Sam Saunders and South Korea’s Wee Kim at 17-under. The tournament has been a favorite of Uihlein, who ended up tied for sixth in the 2013.
Sam Saunders opened with birdies on the first three holes and added four more over his bogey-free 65.
Stroud led Points and Lunde at 18-under before a double-bogey on No. 14 was his undoing. Stroud ended up tied for eighth place 16-under, marking his first top-10 finish since the 2015 Safeway Open.
J.J. Henry posted a 9-under during his final 11 holes on Sunday to finish with a 63, tying Trey Mullinax (first round) and Tim Wilkinson (second round) for the week’s low round. Henry, who started the day tied for 43rd, ended up in a tie for eighth place