PGA Tour Golf Tips – Puerto Rico Open
Along with the recent Mayakoba Golf Classic, this week’s Puerto Rico Open offers a great opportunity for the fringe players on the PGA Tour to earn some valuable FedEx Cup points, a decent pay-check and more importantly, a rare victory.
A field of 132 golfers, including the defending Puerto Rico Open champion Derek Lamely, will tee-off on Thursday morning at the Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande. Also lining up for a tilt at the $630,000 first place purse are major winners John Daly, Angel Cabrera and Stewart Cink as well as Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and European Tour golfers Fabrizio Zanotti and Oliver Wilson, the latter via a sponsor’s exemption.
Having originally been removed from the line-up, Camilo’s younger brother Manuel Villegas has been added back into the Puerto Rico Open field and he could find himself teeing off alongside the likes of Mike Weir, Boo Weekley, Jerry Kelly and Stephen Ames. Prevailing winds will be an important factor this week so look for players that have played well in those conditions, particular in recent weeks. Par 4 performance has been key to winning this event in the past so take note of players like Brendon de Jonge and Fredrik Jacobson who both excel in this area.
Briny Baird 33/1
Tied 4th here in 2008, his only start in this event. Baird is one of the best ball-strikers on tour and finished an impressive 5th at the recent Mayakoba Classic. He stands out at this level and he’s well overdue his first PGA Tour victory – it could come here!
Bryce Molder 20/1
Great putter with excellent par 4 performance. Molder finished in the top 15 here for the last two years and I expect him to be bang in contention again this time round. Like Baird, he’s yet to win on the PGA Tour but this year’s Puerto Rick Open offers him a decent opportunity
Greg Chalmers 33/1
Tremendous putter who tied 4th on his only start here in 2009. Chalmers caught my eye last week at the Honda Classic with his impressive ball-striking in the wind and a repeat performance of that would see him right in contention