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Brian Stuard shoots 6-under 66 to take first-round lead in windy Puerto Rico Open

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    Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts watches his drive from the sixth hole tee during the first round of the Puerto Rico Open PGA golf tournament in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (The Associated Press)

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    Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts eyes his putt on the ninth green during the first round of the Puerto Rico Open PGA golf tournament in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (The Associated Press)

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    Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa, right, writes a note in his yardage book during the first round of the Puerto Rico Open PGA golf tournament in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (The Associated Press)

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    U.S.’ Robert Karlsson gets ready to putt on the eighth hole green during the first round of the Puerto Rico Open PGA golf tournament in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (The Associated Press)

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    Golf fans walk behind a sign announcing the tournament website during the first round of the Puerto Rico Open PGA golf tournament in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (The Associated Press)

Brian Stuard birdied seven his first 12 holes in windy conditions Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open.

Stuard finished with a 6-under 66, dropping a stroke on the par-4 seventh hole — his 16th of the day — at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico. He finished second in November in the OHL Classic in Mexico, four strokes behind Harris English.

Jason Gore and Danny Lee shot 67, and Y.E. Yang was another stroke back along with Ricky Barnes, William McGirt, Tim Petrovic, Chesson Hadley, Eric Axley and Ben Martin.

Defending champion Scott Brown opened with a 70.