PGA Tour
PGA - Puerto Rico Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, March 11th through Sunday, March 14th
SITE: Trump International G.C. (Composite Course), Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Kite and Bruce Bresse (2004)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,526
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 449 Yds10 - Par 4 430 Yds
2 - Par 5 547 Yds11 - Par 3 192 Yds
3 - Par 4 386 Yds12 - Par 4 465 Yds
4 - Par 4 455 Yds13 - Par 4 410 Yds
5 - Par 5 535 Yds14 - Par 4 477 Yds
6 - Par 3 203 Yds15 - Par 5 600 Yds
7 - Par 4 448 Yds16 - Par 3 202 Yds
8 - Par 3 236 Yds17 - Par 4 411 Yds
9 - Par 4 450 Yds18 - Par 5 630 Yds
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36 3,709 Yds36 3,817 Yds
 
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Friday/Saturday -- 1-3 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 12-2 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Sunday -- 7:30-10:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Monday -- 12-2 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Michael Bradley
Runner-Up:  Jason Day, Brett Quigley
Tournament Record:  274 (Greg Kraft, 2008; Michael Bradley, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  204 (Bo Van Pelt, 2008; Michael Bradley, Jason Day, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Bo Van Pelt, 2008)
Course Record:  64 (Bo Van Pelt, 2008; Matt Jones, 2009)
9-Hole Record:  30 (Matt Jones)
Total Purse:  $3,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $630,000; 2nd Place - $378,000; 3rd Place - $238,000
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Michael Bradley274J.P. Hayes278
Jason Day275John Merrick278
Brett Quigley275Jeff Overton279
Bart Bryant276Four players at280
Greg Chalmers276
 
Past Puerto Rico Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Michael Bradley (274) -- Jason Day, Brett Quigley
2008Greg Kraft (274) -- Jerry Kelly, Bo Van Pelt

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20082009
Michael Bradley---Won
Brett QuigleymcT-2
John MerrickT-13T-6
Joe DurantT-50T-9
Bryce Molder---T-13
Greg KraftWonT-21
Shaun MicheelT-21T-31
Kevin StadlerT-4T-44
Mark BrooksmcT-57
Rocco Mediate---T-74
Shigeki Maruyamawd---
Rory Sabbatini------
Jeev Milkha Singh------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bryce Molder
Darkhorse - Michael Connell
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Paul Casey) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Camilo Villegas) - Finished 1st
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour travels to the Isle of Enchantment this week for the Puerto Rico Open. The top players in the world are in Florida this week at the WGC-CA Championship, therefore, there are only three players in the top-100 of the world rankings in Puerto Rico. Rory Sabbatini is the highest-ranked player in the field at 55th in the world. He is joined by Jeev Milkha Singh (60) and Bryce Molder (98). The 2008 tournament was the first full-field sanctioned PGA Tour event held in Puerto Rico.

Last year, Michael Bradley birdied the 18th hole and shot a two-under 70 in the final round to win this event, his first PGA Tour victory in 11 years. Bradley picked up his third career win -- his first since the 1998 Doral-Ryder Open -- at 14-under-par 274. Jason Day and Brett Quigley finished one stroke behind Bradley. The tournament was decided on the final seven holes. Bradley played them at three-under par, collecting birdies at the 12th, 15th and 18th holes. Day made only one further birdie -- at the 13th. They were both tied with Quigley -- who had closed with a birdie in the group ahead -- as they arrived on the tee at the par-five 18th. Bradley's two-putt birdie earned him the win, a $630,000 check and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

In 2008, Greg Kraft fired rounds of 69-66-69-70 to overtake third-round leader Bo Van Pelt and win the inaugural event. Kraft finished at 14-under-par 274 for his first official tour title. He did win the 1993 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, but that was played opposite The Masters and therefore not counted as an official victory.

Seven former major champions are in the field this week: Mark Brooks (1996 PGA Championship), Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open), John Daly (1991 PGA Championship, 1995 British Open), Steve Elkington (1995 PGA Championship), Todd Hamilton (2004 British Open), Tom Kite (1992 U.S. Open) and Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA Championship).

Trump International Golf Club, designed by 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. Kite is in the field this week. He missed the cut in the inaugural event in 2008.

Several Puerto Rico residents are expected to compete, including Rafael Campos. The San Juan native is a member of the VCU golf team and is playing in his third Puerto Rico Open. Fred Funk, originally scheduled to compete, has withdrawn due to his recent knee surgery.

The PGA Tour moves to the west coast of Florida next week for the Transitions Championship, where Retief Goosen captured his first PGA Tour event since 2005 last year.

03/09 14:39:43 ET

As of March 9, 2010, at 02:39 PM ET