clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Virginia Golf: UVA Alum Steve Marino in contention for first PGA Tour victory

Marino followed up a 67 on Friday with a 69 on Saturday. He's in a three-way tie for second place and only one shot out of first.

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Malcolm Brogdon and his teammates won't be the only Cavaliers looking to make history Sunday. Golf alumnus Steve Marino, a 2002 UVA graduate, will look for his first-ever PGA Tour win at the Puerto Rico Open. Marino (-10) sits one shot out of first place after three rounds. Englishman Ian Poulter, once ranked as high as fifth in the world, leads the field.

Marino is back on the PGA Tour for 2016 after playing on the tour in 2015. The Northern Virginia native reached 54th in the world in 2011 before a series of injuries sidetracked his career. Marino regained his PGA Tour status after finishing in the Top 25 on the tour last season.

Marino has never won a PGA Tour event, but he's finished 2nd four times during his career. In 2011, he finished 2nd at both the Sony Open and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. His highest PGA Tour finish since returning from injury was an 11th-place effort at the 2014 Greenbrier Classic.

The Puerto Rico Open is considered an "alternate field" event, as it takes place during the same week as the World Golf Championships Match Play Tournament. With the 64 highest-ranked players in the world at the WGC, the Puerto Rico Open boasts a weaker field than most weekly PGA events. Still, the winner earns a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a trip to next year's Tournament of Champions.

Marino will tee off around 12:30 PM Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, Wahoo fans hoping to pass the time before Sunday's Elite Eight basketball game won't be able to watch on TV. The final round of the Puerto Rico Open won't air until 9PM Sunday night, in a tape delay. Those looking to follow Marino's progress can view the PGA Tour leaderboard here throughout the day.