Sports Network Selections
- Pick To Win:
- Brooks Koepka
- David Hearn
- Last Week's Pick To Win - Sergio Garcia
- Finished tied for 8th
- Last Week's Darkhorse - Geoff Ogilvy
NOTES: The PGA Tour travels to the Isle of Enchantment this week for the
Puerto Rico Open. The 2008 tournament was the first full-field sanctioned PGA
Tour event held in Puerto Rico.
The top players in the world are in Florida at the WGC-Cadillac Championship,
therefore, there are only four players in the top 85 of the world rankings in
Puerto Rico. Brooks Koepka is the highest-ranked player in the field at 70th.
He is joined by Chris Stroud (81), Ryo Ishikawa (82) and Michael Thompson
Six former major champions are in the field this week: John Daly (1991 PGA
Championship, 1995 British Open), David Duval (2001 British Open), Trevor
Immelman (2008 Masters), Lee Janzen (1993 and 1998 U.S. Open), David Toms
(2001 PGA Championship) and Y.E. Yang (2009 PGA Championship).
Four Puerto Rico residents are expected to compete -- Rafael Campos, Max
Alverio, Erick Morales and Miguel Suarez. Campos is a San Juan native and a
Virginia Commonwealth graduate.
Trump International Golf Club, designed by Tom Kite, is the only 36-hole golf
facility in Puerto Rico where you can play in the Mountains, play along the
Ocean, play in the Palms and play among the Lakes. It's also the only golf
course in Puerto Rico with white silica sand bunkers. Relax in the clubhouse,
one of the largest in the Caribbean, and enjoy views of both the Ocean and the
El Yunque Rainforest. Trump International was originally called Coco Beach
Golf & Country Club. A portion of all four nines will be used to make up a
composite layout this week.
Last year, Fabian Gomez held a 1-stroke advantage entering the final hole, but
he bogeyed the par-5 18th. His playing partner, Scott Brown, birdied for his
first PGA Tour win. Brown, playing on conditional status, finished 72 holes at
a tournament-record 20-under 268.
In 2011, Michael Bradley parred the first playoff hole to defeat Troy Matteson
and win this event for the second time in three years. Bradley fired four
straight rounds of 68 and finished at 16-under-par 272 with Matteson. Bradley
has won a PGA Tour title in each of the last three decades.
Derek Lamely fired weekend rounds of 63-66 in 2010 to come from behind and win
the rain-delayed tournament. Lamely, who won for the first time on the PGA
Tour, completed the event at 19-under-par 269.
In 2009, Bradley birdied the 18th hole and shot a 2-under 70 in the final
round to win his first PGA Tour title in 11 years. Bradley picked up his first
win since the 1998 Doral-Ryder Open.
Greg Kraft fired rounds of 69-66-69-70 to overtake third-round leader Bo Van
Pelt in 2008 and win the inaugural event. Kraft finished at 14-under-par 274
for his first official tour title. He won the 1993 Deposit Guaranty Golf
Classic, but that was played opposite The Masters and not counted as an
The PGA Tour remains in Florida next week, moving to the west coast of the
state for the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, where Kevin Streelman
captured the title last year.
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