Castro (62) earns share of second Sawgrass record


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Perhaps Roberto Castro should look into buying some property at TPC Sawgrass.

Already holding a share of the course record on the Stadium Course, Castro fired a bogey-free 62 to close the Tour Championship and add a piece of the course record on the Dye’s Valley Course.

Castro entered this week with his PGA Tour card already locked up, and after three straight rounds of even-par 70 he erupted for eight birdies in the final round of the season. The score moved the 30-year-old inside the top 15 and improved his priority rank for next season, which he will begin at the Open in two weeks.

“I don’t know what it is, but I get some good vibes going on certain days out here,” Castro said. “Five or six holes left, I thought it would be cool to have a part of both course records. So I was trying to birdie every hole, but I had no idea what the course record was.” Tour Championship: Articles, photos and videos

Castro was all smiles Sunday afternoon, a far cry from a year ago when he finished 26th on the Tour Finals money list and missed his card by a mere $32.

“My wife and I were saying that I had to come back here and make new memories, and that’s what we tried to do all week,” he said. “We’ve got great memories here from playing in the Players, but last year was just brutal.”

Castro opened the 2013 Players Championship with a 9-under 63, sharing the course record during his first-ever competitive round in the event. He went on to finish T-19 that year during a career season that saw him make it to the Tour Championship.

When asked to choose between his two record-tying efforts, Castro still sides with his round across the property from two years ago.

“Over there, the longest putt I made was 6 feet,” he said. “I think I could play for another 100 years and not have another ball-striking round like that.”