Rookie Nico Echavarria Wins Puerto Rico Open, Spot in PLAYERS Championship

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Nico Echavarria Wins 2023 Puerto Rico Open
Nico Echavarria poses with his caddie and the trophy on the 18th green after winning the Puerto Rico Open at Grand Reserve GC on Mar 5, 2023 in Rio Grande, PR. (Photo by Maddie Meyer via Getty Images)

Nico Echavarria closed with a 4-under 68 at the Grand Reserve to claim his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Puerto Rico Open.

  • Echavarria finished on 21-under par 267, tying the tournament record.
  • It was the 28-year-old Columbian’s first career win on the PGA Tour.
  • Echavarria earned $684,000 and claimed a spot in next week’s $25 million PLAYERS Championship.
  • Because it was an opposite field event, it does not get him into the Masters, however.
  • Akshay Bhatia, who plays on the Korn Ferry Tour, closed with a 65 to finish second and earn a Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour. Carson Young, who led through 36 holes, had a 71 and finished T3 alongside Nate LashleyĀ (69).
  • “I’m happy with life right now,” Echavarria said. “After missing four cuts in a row, only making two cuts, you just doubt yourself. I’m very grateful I kept pushing and got it done.”

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