Johnson Wins 70th FL Open
Three professionals, Caleb Johnson, Alan Morin, and Matt Cote, are tied for the lead at four under-par, 68 after the first round of play at the Florida Open. 2014 Florida Open Champion, Caleb Johnson, of Muskegon, Michigan, carded three birdies on both the front and back nine at Interlachen Country Club to share the lead. In the 2011 Florida
Open, Alan Morin lost in a three hole playoff against Rod Perry, who is tied for 11th place after today’s round, to finish runner-up. Morin, of Royal Palm Beach, played a steady first nine holes at Interlachen Country Club but played lights out on the back nine making five birdies to tie for the lead. Past Florida Junior Tour standout,
Matt Cote, of Palm Harbor, started the day strong at Interlachen Country Club making four birdies in his first seven holes and finished his first round with two more birdies to sit tied at the top heading into the second round. Tied for fourth place is amateur player Ethan Marcus and professional Adam Scrimenti, one shot back at three under-par, 69. Ten players finished with red numbers and only two amateurs finished in the top ten.
Caleb Johnson breaks the three-way tie for first after a second round two under-par, 70. Johnson played strong during round two making three birdies to capture the lead and head into the third round seeking his second Florida Open victory. Alan Morin fell to second place after carding a one under-par 71 on day two. Amateur, Ethan Marcus, of Boca Raton, scored a steady even par round to move into third place, three strokes from the lead. Seven players sit tied for fourth place at two under-par, including Matt Cote who was tied for first place after round one. The cut was made at seven over-par (151) and 61 players will play the final round at Interlachen Country Club.
Caleb Johnson, of Ocala, got off to a phenomenal start as he made a birdie on his first hole followed by four more birdies to finish the front nine at five under-par, 31. Although he struggled on the par four 12th hole, making a double-bogey, and then a bogey on the 13th hole, Johnson did not lose his determination. He finished strong with a birdie on number 16 and a birdie on the last hole for a final round three under-par, 69. Caleb’s consistent three rounds in red numbers (68, 70, 69) led him to a nine under-par, 207 total and six stroke victory! Johnson can add another Florida Open win to his resume, as this marks the second time in three years he was crowned Champion.
Alan Morin remained in second place after a final round of two over-par, 74, for a three under-par total of 213. Jeff Wells, of Redondo Beach, played strong in the final round carding three birdies on the front nine and an eagle on the par five 10th hole. Wells carded a final round of three under-par for a two under-par total, 214, and a tied for third place finish with Jake Kevorkian. Kevorkian played steady golf with rounds of 73-69-72 to be the only amateur in the top three. Seven players tied for fifth place including Casper Howells, of Estero. Howells brought some excitement to the final round with a double-eagle on the final hole!
156 competitors played 18 holes one each golf course on Friday & Saturday, then the field was cut to the low 60 and ties with the final round contested at Interlachen on Sunday. Nearly 1,000 professionals and amateurs registered to compete in the 70th Florida Open, with 131 players advancing through one of 16 local qualifiers, and 25 competitors who were exempt into the Championship.
The Florida Open has a rich history that dates back to 1942 and includes notable champions, such as Bob Murphy, Gary Koch, Charles Owens, Bruce Fleisher, John Huston, Dudley Hart, and Bart Bryant among others. This is the seventh year the Florida State Golf Association will be conduction this great Championship.