Feb
25
2011
First-Round Co-Leader Andres Gonzales: the Mistaken Mexican
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Andres: Sorry, amigos, I'm a gringo

Don’t let the name or the mustache confuse you — Andres Gonzales, who shot five-under in the first round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (yeah, there’s another PGA Tour event happening this week), can’t speak Spanish and isn’t a local — he’s one-sixteenth Mexican if that counts for anything.

“There were a bunch of Mexican people who thought I was Mexican speaking Spanish to me in the interview room,” Dres told me on the phone Thursday evening. “They gave me a translator. I felt like one of the Asian golfers on the women’s tour.  I’ve never felt more like a gringo in my entire life.”

He added jokingly, “I need to see if I can get a sponsorship from Rosetta Stone.”

In windy conditions at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Andres made four birdies and an eagle on his way to firing a 66 for a four-way share of the lead.

Well, you finally eliminated that big number in the first round, I joked.

“Yeah, it was nice to get that out of the way,” Dres replied.

In his first two starts as a PGA Tour rookie, Andres posted a pair of 77s in the first round and then followed it with a pair of 68s in the second round to just miss the cut. Which is something we’ve previously discussed (at least he shot the high score in the opening round and played well in the next round(s), etc.).

Andres’ wife Kristen is traveling with him this week and they’re treating this week as their honeymoon. They were married a year-and-a-half ago, but never had the chance to have a honeymoon because of that darn golf schedule. When I called, they were sipping on beers while watching the Match Play — “two straws, one beer,” Dres quipped.

“I’m just going to focus on putting one foot in front of the other,” he said with regard to the remaining three rounds.