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The Puerto Rico Open is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour that was first played in 2008. It is the only PGA Tour event ever held in Puerto Rico. The tournament is played at the Coco Beach Golf Course (previously Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico) which was designed by Tom Kite. From its inception through 2015, it was played in early March as an alternate event to the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but in 2016 it moved to late March, opposite the WGC-Dell Match Play. All four rounds are broadcast on the Golf Channel.[1]

Puerto Rico Open
Puerto Rico Open logo.png
LocationRío Grande, Puerto Rico
Established2008
Course(s)Coco Beach Golf Course
Par72
Length7,569 yards (6,921 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
(alternate event)
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$3.0 million
Month playedMarch
Aggregate267 Chesson Hadley (2014)
To par−21 Chesson Hadley (2014)
United States Martin Trainer
Río Grande is located in Puerto Rico
Río Grande
Río Grande
Location in Puerto Rico

The winner of the Puerto Rico Open earns 300 FedEx Cup points and 24 OWGR points, compared to 550 FedEx Cup and 70-80 OWGR points for World Golf Championships. As an alternate event, the winner does not earn a bid to the Masters, but still receives a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour (compared to three for a WGC event) and entry into the PGA Championship as a Tour winner. In 2015, the prize fund was US$3 million with $540,000 going to the winner.

The Puerto Rico Open is allocated eight additional sponsor exemptions. Four of these are designated for players from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The other four additional exemptions are unrestricted.[2]

For 2018, the Puerto Rico Open was made an unofficial event as a fundraiser for relief efforts after Hurricane Maria, where it is played at TPC Dorado Beach. The event will again become official in 2019 and 2020.[3]

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Puerto Rico Open
2019 Martin Trainer   United States 275 −15 3 strokes   Aaron Baddeley
  Daniel Berger
  Roger Sloan
  Johnson Wagner
540,000 3,000,000
Puerto Rico Open Charity Day
2018 Unofficial pro-am event won by team with George McNeill and Cheyenne Woods
Puerto Rico Open
2017 D. A. Points   United States 268 −20 2 strokes   Bryson DeChambeau
  Retief Goosen
  Bill Lunde
540,000 3,000,000
Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach
2016 Tony Finau   United States 276 −12 Playoff   Steve Marino 540,000 3,000,000
Puerto Rico Open
2015 Alex Čejka   Germany 281 −7 Playoff   Jon Curran
  Emiliano Grillo
  Tim Petrovic
  Sam Saunders
540,000 3,000,000
Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com
2014 Chesson Hadley   United States 267 −21 2 strokes   Danny Lee 630,000 3,500,000
2013 Scott Brown   United States 268 −20 1 stroke   Fabián Gómez
  Jordan Spieth
630,000 3,500,000
2012 George McNeill   United States 272 −16 2 strokes   Ryo Ishikawa 630,000 3,500,000
2011 Michael Bradley (2)   United States 272 −16 Playoff   Troy Matteson 630,000 3,500,000
Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
2010 Derek Lamely   United States 269 −19 2 strokes   Kris Blanks 630,000 3,500,000
2009 Michael Bradley   United States 274 −14 1 stroke   Jason Day
  Brett Quigley
630,000 3,500,000
2008 Greg Kraft   United States 274 −14 1 stroke   Jerry Kelly
  Bo Van Pelt
630,000 3,500,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

Winners of earlier events with the same name

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PGA Tour adds Puerto Rico Open to '08 schedule". PGA Tour. April 9, 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "2015–16 PGA Tour Player Handbook & Tournament Regulations" (PDF). October 5, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Puerto Rico Open back on PGA Tour schedule in 2019 after Hurricane Maria cancels 2018 plans". ESPN. Associated Press. December 21, 2017.

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