Nimmer Wins In Puerto Rico, Set For First PGA Tour Start

Bluffton native Bryson Nimmer is having quite a week in Puerto Rico — and it’s about to get even better. 

Nimmer, a senior at Clemson, earned co-medalist honors at the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday after shooting 2-under-par 70 in the final round on the Rio Mar Country Club River Course to finish at 6-under for the tournament. 

Nimmer was in 38th place after an opening 74 but carded a 6-under 66 in the second round to charge back into contention before tying N.C. State’s Benjamin Shipp and Middle Tennessee State’s Marcus Byrd for medalist honors.

“It was kind of a scrappy win,” Nimmer said. “I started off well and had it a couple under through six, then made a bogey and double back to back and had to fight back on the last seven holes.” 

It’s the third win of the 2018-19 season for Nimmer, matching D.J. Trahan for the most in an academic year in Clemson history. 

Now he will make another bit of personal history, as he has been granted a sponsor’s invitation to play in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open beginning Thursday for his first professional start. Nimmer will be playing as an amateur.

“I think my game is trending in a good direction going into this week, and hopefully everything peaks sometime around Friday and Saturday,” Nimmer said. “I’m super excited to play in my first PGA Tour event. It’s a dream come true. I just want to have fun and compete just like every other week. This week I’m playing the same game, just on a bigger stage.”

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