63 (Derek Lamely, 2010; James Driscoll, Chris Tidland, 2011)
1st Place - $630,000; 2nd Place - $378,000; 3rd Place - $238,000
Michael Bradley *
* - Won in Playoff
Past Puerto Rico Open Winners
Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up
*Michael Bradley (272) -- Troy Matteson
Derek Lamely (269) -- Kris Blanks
Michael Bradley (274) -- Jason Day, Brett Quigley
Greg Kraft (274) -- Jerry Kelly, Bo Van Pelt
Top Contenders in the Field
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Stadler
Darkhorse - Dicky Pride
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lee Westwood) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jimmy Walker) - Finished tied for 67th
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 at the WGC-Cadillac
Championship, therefore, there are only two players in the top-100 of the
world rankings in Puerto Rico. Ryo Ishikawa of Japan is the highest-ranked
player in the field at 53rd in the world. He is joined by 2010 United States
Ryder Cup team member Jeff Overton (88). The 2008 tournament was the first
full-field sanctioned PGA Tour event held in Puerto Rico.
Seven former major champions are in the field this week: Rich Beem (2002 PGA
Championship), Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S. Open, 2009 Masters), Ben Curtis (2003
British Open), David Duval (2001 British Open), Todd Hamilton (2004 British
Open), Lee Janzen (1993 and 1998 U.S. Open) and Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA
Two Puerto Rico residents are expected to compete - Rafael Campos and Max
Alverio. Campos is a San Juan native and a Virginia Commonwealth graduate.
Both players are playing in their fifth Puerto Rico Open.
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.
Last year, Michael Bradley parred the first playoff hole to defeat Troy
Matteson and win this event for the second time in three years. Bradley fired
four straight rounds of 68 and finished at 16-under-par 272 with Matteson.
Bradley has now won a PGA Tour title in each of the last three decades,
becoming the first player since Davis Love III to accomplish this feat.
In 2010, Derek Lamely fired weekend rounds of 63-66 to come from behind and
win the rain-delayed tournament. Lamely, who won for the first time on the PGA
Tour, completed the event at 19-under-par 269. Lamely's 63 in the third round
established a new course record and his 269 total was a new tournament record.
In 2009, Bradley birdied the 18th hole and shot a two-under 70 in the final
round to win his first PGA Tour victory in 11 years. Bradley picked up his
first win since the 1998 Doral-Ryder Open.
Greg Kraft fired rounds of 69-66-69-70 to overtake third-round leader
Bo Van Pelt in 2008 and win the inaugural event. Kraft finished at 14-under-
par 274 for his first official tour title. He won the 1993 Deposit Guaranty
Golf Classic, but that was played opposite The Masters and not counted as an
The PGA Tour moves to the west coast of Florida next week for the Transitions
Championship in Palm Harbor, where Gary Woodland captured his first PGA Tour
title last year.
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