North Augusta's Scott Brown one shot off lead at PGA Tour event

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RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — North Augusta native Scott Brown shot 9-under-par 63 on Friday to move within one stroke of leader Andres Romero after two rounds of the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.

Romero, who was tied for the lead after the first round, shot his second consecutive 65.

Romero birdied six of the last 10 holes on the Trump International course.

Brown holed out from 170 yards for eagle on the par-4 seventh and had eight birdies and a bogey.

Brown played the Web.com Tour the past two weeks, finishing third in Panama and tying for seventh in Colombia. He tied for 30th at Pebble Beach in his only other PGA Tour start.

“I’ve played really good all year,” Brown said. “I haven’t been making a lot of putts, but I’ve been hitting it really good and a lot of the putts haven’t been going in, I think good putts. So I knew it was coming.”

WEB.COM TOUR: In Santiago, Chile, Edward Loar shot his second consecutive 65 and has a two-shot lead at the Chile Classic at Prince of Wales Country Club.

Aiken’s Kevin Kisner shot 67 and is tied for 35th.

Scott Parel, Matt Hendrix and Stephen Poole all missed the cut.

LOCAL INTEREST

SCOTT BROWN

North Augusta native

Score 68-63

Shots back 1

VAUGHN TAYLOR

Evans resident

Score 69-68

Shots back 7

WILL CLAXTON

Swainsboro, Ga.*

Score 70-71

Shots back 11

HENRIK NORLANDER

Ex-Augusta State golfer

Score 71-70

Shots back 11

PATRICK REED

Ex-Augusta State golfer

Score 73-68

Shots back 11

* former resident


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