Preview – Puerto Rico Open – Coco Beach Golf and Country Club – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico —
The PGA Tour’s opposite-field event this week features 132 players at the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club.
Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell is one of the headliners in the field along with European Team Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter and a host of players with PGA Tour victories including Ben Crane, Chris Kirk, Boo Weekley, Jonas Blixt and Robert Garrigus.
This week is an opportunity for some players to break through for their maiden PGA Tour titles including Canada’s Graham DeLaet, Peter Uihlein and Bryson Dechambeau.
FANTASY: Consider players in great form heading into Puerto Rico. Dominic Bozzelli is a great example of a trending player and hungry for his first win. Take DeLaet, as well. He is overdue for a victory. Brown plays well this particular week and posted a runner-up effort earlier this spring at Riviera Country Club. A veteran always finds his way into the mix, this week look for Alex Cejka to make some noise.
BETTORS: Wesley Bryan is the top betting pick at skybet.com at 16-to-1 odds. DeLaet and G-Mac are 20-1 picks, but look for Brown (28-1) to contend. Brown won this tournament in 2013 (at a different venue) and has a pair of Top 5s and a T-10 in five starts at the PR Open. For a longer shot, take Cameron Tringale, who has been quiet all season. He opened at 66-1 odds.
Other Golf News:
- The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is underway with Group Play. Players compete in Group Play through Friday before moving into Round of 16 Saturday and trimming down to one champion by Sunday in Austin, Texas. Jason Day is the defending champion.
- The LPGA Tour tees off Thursday with the Kia Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn is the betting favorite at 7 1/2-1 odds, while Inbee Park and Lydia Ko are second best at 10-1. Park won the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore earlier this season. Jutanugarn and Ko are both looking for their first wins of 2017.
- Golf’s first major of the year takes place next week with the LPGA Tour’s ANA Inspiration at Mission Hill Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.