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Feb 17, 2020

Clemson Men Improve to Fourth at Puerto Rico Classic

Round Two Scores

Clemson, S.C.—Kyle Cottam and Zack Gordon both had rounds of four-under-par 68 to lead Clemson to a 12-under-par  team score of 276 and a fourth-place standing after two rounds of the Puerto Rico Classic in El Grande, Puerto Rico.  The Tigers have a 36-hole team score of 582 after two rounds, 12 shots behind first place and third-ranked Georgia Tech.  Top ranked Oklahoma is second at 551. Alabama is just ahead of Clemson by a shot for third place at 561.

The 15-team field will conclude play on the par 72 Rio Mar River Course on Tuesday.   Clemson and Oklahoma are the only two schools to have all five of their players among the top 25 players in the individual standings after two rounds. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.

Gordon, who finished seventh individually at this tournament a year ago, had five birdies and one bogey in registering his fourth round in the 60s in his last five rounds. He was even-par through six holes, then played the last 12 in four-under.

Cottam had four birdies in a row on holes 9-12, and also made birdie on the 18th hole to close the back nine with a 32, best nine-hole stretch by a Clemson golfer at this tournament. Like Gordon, Cottam made a six-shot improvement over his opening round. Both Gordon and Cottam are tied for 23rd place after 36 holes at 141.

Clemson’s top two golfers for the first 36 holes are sophomore Jacob Bridgeman and senior William Nottingham.  Bridgeman had a second round 71 after firing a 70 in the opening round, while Nottingham had a 69 on Monday, a three-shot improvement from his opening 18. Both players are tied for 16th place. Nottingham had five birdies and two bogeys, including consecutive birdies on holes on 15 and 16.

Turk Pettit had an even par 72 on Monday and is also tied for 23rd individually with a 142 score.  Pettit had a clean round with one bogey and one birdie. He has made 28 pars in the first 36 holes, tied for second most pars in the 75-man field.

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