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 McIlroyboth 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
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.
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