PGA Preview: 2020 Puerto Rico Open Picks, Odds and Info

This week's schedule offers two events as both the WGC-Mexico Championship and Puerto Rico Open event are teeing off. The Open does not have the star power that the WGC garnishes, but it has served up exciting golf over the years.

Tony Finau won the 2016 event in a playoff and the tournament has been won by three strokes or less and three playoffs since 2008.

Last week several of my Genesis Invitational picks came through for me including Adam Scott, who won the tournament. Also, Hideki Matsuyama and Rory McIlroy both carded a T5 with Johnson at T10, and Jon Rahm at T17. See my PGA betting article for the 2020 Genesis Invitational linked in this weeks article for the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship.

One note about the Puerto Rico Open is that the stats for past winners includes the 2018 event which was a non-PGA event. It was a pro-am fundraiser following hurricane Maria which hit the island in 2017. The event featured mixed teams of PGA and LPGA players and won by George McNeill and Cheyenne Woods of the LPGA at TPC Dorado Beach.

 


 


2020 Puerto Rico Open Basic Info

Where:             Río Grande, Puerto Rico

Course:            Coco Beach Golf Course

Par:                   72

Length                      7,569

When:                         Feb 20–23, 2020

Purse:                         $3.5 million

Last Winner:            Martin Trainer

TV Coverage:             NBC/Golf Channel


 

Scott Brown +2200

Scott Brown comes in at +2200 with a strange start to the 2020 PGA season under his belt.

So far on the schedule this season he has missed the cut seven times. However, he carded a T2 last week at the Genesis Invitational showing the style of play that helped him get his last TOUR win back in 2013 and his near-win at the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans where he lost in a playoff.


Viktor Hovland +1000

Viktor Hovland hit the pro golf scene like a cannon when he started posting rounds in the 60s ahead of seasoned TOUR veterans. Last season he missed the cut only twice and finished the season fourth at the Wyndham.

This season on the PGA Tour he has carded several solid rounds including a T6 at the QBE Shootout.


Ian Poulter +1800

Ian Poulter comes in behind Hovland and Alex Noren, who is +1600, at +1800 with some momentum behind him following a strong season last year. He’s only played a handful of events this season but has shown that he still has a great game going.

His last PGA win, of which he has three, came in 2018 at the Houston Open. He has twelve European wins and several other victories in international events. His latest event wast the QBE Shootout where he carded a T5.

Poulter is a strong veteran looking to kick off his 2020 run with a win in Puerto Rico.


Long Shots to Win the Puerto Rico Open:

Two players that could win at the Puerto Rico Open who I would consider long shots are Beau Hossler at +4000 and Peter Uihlein who comes in at +5000. Hossler left Torrey Pines at T9 and has made the cut seven of his last nine events and he has a strong putter.

Uihlein has a European win and has had several good finishes there and on the Korn Ferry and PGA Tours. 


Others I like to Win the Puerto Rico Open:

Cameron Davis            +2200

Maverick McNealy            +2500

Matthew Nesmith            +3300

Martin Laird                        +5000


Complete Betting Odds for the Puerto Rico Open

Viktor Hovland            +1000

Alex Noren                        +1600

Ian Poulter                        +1800

Patrick Rodgers            +2000

Scott Brown                        +2200

Tom Lewis                        +2200

Cameron Davis            +2200

Chesson Hadley            +2500

Emiliano Grillo            +2500

Maverick McNealy            +2500

Matthew Nesmith            +3300

Beau Hossler                        +3300

Jhonattan Vegas            +3300

Roberto Diaz                        +3300

Adam Schenk                        +4000

Henrik Norlander            +4000

Martin Laird                        +5000

Ben Martin                        +5000

Zac Blair                        +5000

Joseph Bramlett            +5000

Peter Uihlein                        +5000

Kyle Stanley                        +5000

Kiradech Aphibarnrat            +5000

Grayson Murray            +5000

Kyoung-Hoon Lee            +5000

Tim Wilkinson                        +5000

Xinjun Zhang                        +5000

Shawn Stefani                        +6600

Fabian Gomez                        +6600

Tyler McCumber            +6600

Brice Garnett                        +6600

David Hearn                        +6600

D J Trahan                        +6600

Chase Seiffert                        +6600

Andrea Pavan                        +6600

Alex Cejka                        +6600

Davis Thompson            +6600

Brandon Hagy                        +8000

Cameron Percy            +8000

Sam Ryder                        +8000

Seamus Power                        +8000

Sebastian Cappelen            +8000

Matt Every                        +8000

Mark Anderson            +10000

Roger Sloan                        +10000

Hank Lebioda                        +10000

Robby Shelton                        +10000

Bo Hoag                        +10000

Austin Cook                        +10000

Rob Oppenheim            +10000

Wes Roach                        +10000

Chris Stroud                        +10000

Johnson Wagner            +10000

Lucas Bjerregaard            +10000

Robert Streb                        +10000

Ted Potter                        +10000

Sam Saunders                        +10000

Kramer Hickok            +12500

Josh Teater                        +12500

Jonathan Byrd                        +12500

Ryan Brehm                        +12500

Dominic Bozzelli            +12500

Anirban Lahiri            +12500

Bill Haas                        +12500

Richy Werenski            +12500

Roberto Castro            +12500

Julian Etulain                        +12500

Martin Trainer            +12500

Vincent Whaley            +12500

Chris Baker                        +15000

George McNeill            +15000

Doug Ghim                        +15000

Andres Romero            +15000

Zack Sucher                        +15000

Rhein Gibson                        +15000

Kristoffer Ventura            +15000

Ricky Barnes                        +15000

Chad Campbell            +20000

Michael Gligic            +20000

David Lingmerth            +20000

Satoshi Kodaira            +20000

Robert Garrigus            +20000

Chandler Phillips            +20000

Ben Taylor                        +20000

J.J. Henry                        +20000

D.A. Points                        +20000

Sang Moon Bae            +25000

Michael Gellerman            +25000

John Senden                        +25000

John Merrick                        +30000

Nelson Ledesma            +30000

Arjun Atwal                        +30000

M-J Daffue                        +30000

Smylie Kaufman            +35000

Fredrik Jacobson            +40000

Derek Ernst                        +50000

Parker McLachlin            +50000

Bo Van Pelt                        +50000

Daniel Chopra            +50000

Robert Allenby            +100000

John Rollins                        +100000

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