Trey Mullinax leads in Puerto Rico with Ian Poulter in contention
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 25/03/17 2:41am
Trey Mullinax fired a blemish-free 63 to open up a one-shot lead at a weather-affected Puerto Rico Open, where Ian Poulter also made a strong start.
Mullinax posted nine birdies to set the clubhouse target ahead if DA Points, who eagled his final hole to close an opening 64.
Poulter was five strokes off the pace with two holes to complete when the threat of lightning saw play suspended at 5.06pm local time, with play due to resume at 7am (11am GMT) on Friday morning.
Beginning on the back nine, Mullinax birdied his opening three holes and added another at the 15th to reach the turn in 32.
The 24-year-old then followed back-to-back gains from the first with two more from the fourth to extend his advantage, before adding another at the seventh and draining a 15-footer to save par at the last.
"It was nice to hit the ball like I feel I've been playing," Mullinax said. "I feel like I've been hitting the ball well, just haven't been scoring. But today I hit the ball nice and it was a good result."
Points holed out from 149-yards at the par-four ninth to complete a bogey-free day, with American pair Xander Schauffele and Bill Lunde on seven under.
Poulter bogeyed the seventh hole just before the siren sounded, with fellow Englishman Andrew "Beef" Johnston part of the large group on three under with two holes to complete.
Ireland's Seamus Power was two under after 13 holes when play was halted, with former major champion Graeme McDowell eight off the lead and playing his final hole.