In his first Czech start on the PGA Tour, Zuska finished 54th

In his first Czech start on the PGA Tour, Zuska finished 54th

Zuska finished 54th in his first Czech start on the PGA Tour

Czech golfer Jiří Zuska (pictured on December 15, 2019).

Río Grande (Puerto Rico) – Golfer Jiří Zuska took 54th place at the Puerto Rico Open, where he became the first Czech in the history of the PGA Tour. Elite circuit newcomer Nico Echavarria of Colombia won the $3.8 million Río Grande tournament with a score of 21 strokes under par. Amateur Zuska was 18 shots worse.

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The twenty-four-year-old Czech golfer, who studies at the University of Louisville, qualified for the Puerto Rico Open thanks to second place at last year's Elite Amateur Series. In the opening two rounds, Zuska played exactly two shots under par, which earned him a tie for 34th place. He shot one over par on Saturday and dropped to 50th. He equaled par in the last round and again got a little worse.

28-year-old Echavarria took the lead in the third round and held on to first place today, even though he shot his worst round of the tournament – 68 shots. Twenty-one-year-old American Akshay Bhatia finished second by two strokes.

PGA Tour Puerto Rico Open Golf Tournament in Río Grande

(par 72, $3.8 million endowment)

1. Echavarria (Col.) 274 (67+67+65+68), 2. Bhatia 275 (66+71+67+65), Lashley 272 (71+65+67+69), Young 272 (63+67+71 +71), 5. Kim 273 (70+66+71+66), 6. Bryan (all USA) 274 (69+69+67+69), …54. a.m. Zuska (Czech Republic) 285 (70+70+73+72).