With many of the PGA Tour’s top names competing this week in the WGC - Cadillac Championship, the Puerto Rico Open gives the circuit’s lesser-lights a chance to shine.
With many of the PGA Tour’s top names competing this week in the WGC – Cadillac Championship, the Puerto Rico Open gives the circuit’s lesser-lights a chance to shine.
This will be the eighth time this event has featured on the PGA Tour and a strong field has assembled. Defending champion Chesson Hadley will tee it up together with nine former Major winners. They are: John Daly, David Duval, Trevor Immelman, David Toms, Mark Calcavecchia, Ben Curtis, Todd Hamilton, Y.E. Yang and Lee Janzen.
In last season’s Puerto Rico Open, Chesson Hadley of the USA took the win in just his 13th start on the PGA Tour. The 26-year-old beat Danny Lee of New Zealand by two shots.
A number of talented players will tee it up on the International course at Trump International in Rio Grande and there’s a good selection of European players in the field. Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain is among them, so too Alvaro Quiros and England’s Greg Owen.
Designed by Tom Kite, the course here was originally four separate nines. When the Trump Organisation came on board, it was modified to become two 18-hole tracks. The International Course, over which this event is contested, comprises the old Palms and Mountains courses – the Palm nine being flat and narrow through wetlands, the Mountains featuring a number of changes in elevation.
The weather forecast for the week looks set fair. There shouldn’t be any interruptions to play.
Venue: Trump International GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Date: Mar 5-8
Course stats: par 72, 7,569 yards
Purse: $3,000,000 Winner: $540,000
Defending Champion: Chesson Hadley (-21)
Peter Uihlein – The talented American will be looking to re-find the sort of form that saw him finish the 2013 European Tour season in 14th place on the money list. This event could provide a good stepping stone for Uihlein.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello – The Spaniard is another man looking for his best form… this could be the week. It’s his first start on the 2015 PGA Tour.
Derek Fathauer – He’s made the last three cuts on the PGA Tour and has showed potential since winning the Web.com Tour Championship last September.
Key hole: 14th. The most difficult hole on the course and played into the prevailing wind. It’s a par 4 of 460 yards with bunkers left and right from the tee. With the wind in their faces, many of the field will find they need a wood for their second shot here.