Bryson Nimmer’s trip to Puerto Rico keeps getting better. The Bluffton native and Clemson star posted a 3-under-par 69 in the opening round of his first professional tournament Thursday and is tied for 12th after the first round of the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.
Nimmer, who is playing as an amateur, played a nearly-flawless round at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club in his first PGA Tour start. He made two birdies on the front nine and two more on the back and was bogey-free until a misstep at the par-5 18th, where he found a fairway bunker off the tee and another trap with his second shot.
“I just stayed really patient,” Nimmer said after his round. “I hit the ball well, but I missed a few opportunities early and I just didn’t really get mad at myself. I just kind of kept plugging, and I hit some good shots on the back. Obviously didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but it was still really fun.”
Nimmer turned some heads, not only with his play but also with a pair of hot pink pants that were featured on the PGA Tour’s Twitter feed.
“I had these pants sitting in my closet and I’ve never really worn them, so I was like, what better way than
Nimmer is just three shots behind first-round leader Andres Romero heading into the second round. He will tee off at 11:50 a.m. ET Friday.