The second round was a grind for Bluffton native Bryson Nimmer, but the Clemson star will stick around for the weekend at the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.
Nimmer fought his driver all day Friday but was able to grind out a 3-over-par 75 at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club, putting him in a tie for 49th at even par. He is one shot on the right side of the cut line in his first professional event — though he is playing as an amateur.
After a nearly-flawless round of 3-under 69 on Thursday, Nimmer’s second round got off to a rocky start. He found the bunker at the par-3 11th and made bogey, only to get it back with a birdie at the par-4 13th. Back-to-back bogeys at 16 and 17 and another at the par-4 first hole put him in danger of missing the cut, but he steadied himself for the next six holes.
Birdies at the par-5 second and the par-4 seventh bookended four straight pars, but he limped in with back-to-back bogeys and ended up hitting seven of 14 fairways and 12 greens.
Nimmer will be paired with Stuart Appleby for the third round and tee off at 7:50 a.m. ET Saturday.