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PGA Tour
PGA - Puerto Rico Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, March 12th through Sunday, March 15th
SITE: Trump International Golf Club (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:  2nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  Friday -- 1:30-3:30 a.m. (et) - replay,
  Friday -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et),
  Saturday -- 1-3 a.m. (et) - replay,
  Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  Sunday -- 2:30-5 a.m. (et) - replay,
  Sunday -- 7:30-10:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  Monday -- 3:30-6 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Greg Kraft
Runner-Up:  Jerry Kelly, Bo Van Pelt
Tournament Record:  274 (Greg Kraft, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  203 (Bo Van Pelt, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Bo Van Pelt, 2008)
Course Record:  64 (Bo Van Pelt, 2008)
Total Purse:  $3,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $630,000; 2nd Place - $378,000; 3rd Place - $238,000
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Greg Kraft274Tommy Armour III277
Jerry Kelly275Marco Dawson277
Bo Van Pelt275Tim Wilkinson277
Briny Baird276Brenden Pappas278
Kevin Stadler276Three players at280
 
Past Puerto Rico Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Greg Kraft (274) -- Jerry Kelly, Bo Van Pelt

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2008
Greg KraftWon
Jerry KellyT-2
Bo Van PeltT-2
Kevin StadlerT-4
John MerrickT-13
Shaun MicheelT-21
Bob TwayT-21
Lee JanzenT-28
Joe DurantT-50
Mark Brooksmc
J.B. Holmes---
Fredrik Jacobson---
Rocco Mediate---
Brandt Snedeker---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jeff Klauk
Darkhorse - Rich Beem
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rory McIlroy) - Finished tied for 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mark Calcavecchia) - Finished tied for 22nd
 
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. 2007 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Brandt Snedeker is the highest-ranked player in the field at 85th in the world and he is joined by Fredrik Jacobson (89) and 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate (92) round out the top-100 players. Last year's inaugural tournament was the first full-field sanctioned PGA Tour event held in Puerto Rico.

Last year, Greg Kraft fired rounds of 69-66-69-70 to overtake third-round leader Bo Van Pelt and win the inaugural Puerto Rico Open. 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. Van Pelt shared second place with Jerry Kelly, just one stroke back of Kraft.

Seven former major champions are in the field this week: Rich Beem (2002 PGA Championship), Mark Brooks (1996 PGA Championship), Todd Hamilton (2004 British Open), Lee Janzen (1993 and 1998 U.S. Open), Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA Championship), Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open) and Bob Tway (1986 PGA Championship).

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.

The PGA Tour is in Florida next week for the Transitions Championship, where Sean O'Hair captured his second PGA Tour title last year.

03/10 16:07:45 ET

As of March 10, 2009, at 04:07 PM ET

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