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 Lashley (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.”
“I’m very grateful that I kept pushing.”@Nicolas_Ech missed the cut in eight of his last ten starts before this week.
He's now a PGA TOUR champion @PuertoRicoOpen 🏆 pic.twitter.com/1LcpNe89DJ
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 5, 2023