Mullinax, who married his long-time girlfriend in his native
Alabama, ran off nine birdies to tie the course record on the
Coco Beach course in Rio Grande.
The 24-year-old American, making only his 15th PGA Tour start,
ended his round by sinking a 15-foot par saving putt at his
final hole, the par-four ninth.
Veteran D.A. Points had an even more rousing finish, holing out
with a nine-iron from 145 yards at his final hole for a 64, good
for second place on a day when several players were unable to
finish due to heavy rain that curtailed play early.
With nearly all of the game's top players competing at the
WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, a weak field at the Puerto Rico
could provide a springboard for success for the eventual winner.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by
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