Puerto Rico Open

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)
Norway Viktor Hovland
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]

The event has been considered to have an unofficial "curse" on the PGA Tour, as no winner of the event has ever gone on to win another tournament. The only exception to this is Michael Bradley who won the Puerto Rico Open for a second time in 2011, after winning his first in 2009, but has not won any other event since.[4]

HistoryEdit

A Puerto Rico Open was played between 1956 and 1967. It was a fixture on the PGA-sponsored Caribbean Tour until 1965, after which sponsors rescheduled the event to later in the calendar year.[5] The Puerto Rico Open was revived as a stop on the Tour de las Américas 2004 and 2005, before being reincarnated as a PGA Tour event in 2008.

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Puerto Rico Open
2020 Viktor Hovland   Norway 268 −20 1 stroke   Josh Teater 540,000 3,000,000
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.

Tour de las Américas event
Year Venue Player Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
American Express Puerto Rico Open
2005 Costa Caribe G&CC Daniel Barbetti   Argentina 268 −20 Playoff   Eduardo Argiró [6]
2004 Costa Caribe G&CC Rodolfo González   Argentina 282 −6 1 stroke   Eduardo Argiró
  David Morland IV
[7]
Earlier events
Year Venue Player Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
1967 Dorado Hilton H&CC Chuck Courtney   United States 280 −8 2 strokes   Art Wall Jr. [8]
1966 Dorado Hilton H&CC Ramón Sota   Spain 284 −4 2 strokes   Bill Collins [9]
1965 Dorado Hilton H&CC Howell Fraser   United States 288 E 1 stroke   Al Besselink
  Art Wall Jr.
[10]
1964 Dorado Hilton H&CC Art Wall Jr.   United States 289 +1 Playoff   Jay Dolan [11]
1963 Berwind CC Charlie Sifford   United States 277 −7 6 strokes   George Knudson [12]
1962 Berwind CC George Knudson   Canada 280 −4 2 strokes   Al Geiberger
  Tony Lema
  Don Whitt
  Henry Williams Jr.
[13]
1961 Berwind CC Billy Maxwell   United States 273 −11 7 strokes   Roberto De Vicenzo [14]
1960 Berwind CC Joe Jimenez   United States 280 −4 Playoff   Stan Leonard [15]
1959 Berwind CC Pete Cooper   United States 282 −6 5 strokes   Porky Oliver [16]
1958 Berwind CC Bob Toski   United States 288 E 2 strokes   Ernie Vossler [17]
1957 Berwind CC Chick Harbert   United States 281 −7 2 strokes   Roberto De Vicenzo [18]
1956 Fort Buchanan Antonio Cerdá   Argentina 144[a] E 5 strokes   Herman Barron
  Dick Ferguson
[19]
  1. ^ Tournament reduced to 36-holes after the opening day's play was abandoned because of rain.

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.
  4. ^ Myers, Alex (February 18, 2020). "Why PGA Tour pros might want to think twice about winning the Puerto Rico Open". Golfworld.
  5. ^ "Citrus Open tops winter golf tour". Fort Pierce News Tribune. Fort Pierce, Florida. 22 September 1965. p. 12. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via NewspaperArchive.
  6. ^ "Puerto Rico Open once again raises the bar" (PDF). Caribbean Golf Magazine. May 2005. p. 39.
  7. ^ "Rodolfo González campeón en Puerto Rico". espn.com.gt (in Spanish). 21 March 2004.
  8. ^ "Courtney Wins Puerto Rico Open". Youngstown Vindicator. Youngstown, Ohio. AP. 27 November 1967. p. 15. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  9. ^ "Sota Captures Puerto Rico Title". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. AP. 21 November 1966. p. 13. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  10. ^ "Rookie Fraser Wins Tourney". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. AP. 15 March 1965. p. 13. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  11. ^ "Art Wall Takes Caribbean Cup". Youngstown Vindicator. Youngstown, Ohio. UPI. 9 March 1964. p. 14. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  12. ^ "Sifford Wins in San Juan Knudson 2nd". The Gazette (Montreal). Montreal, Canada. AP. 4 March 1963. p. 26. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  13. ^ "Knudson Captures Puerto Rico Open". The Gazette (Montreal). Montreal, Canada. AP. 5 March 1962. p. 20. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  14. ^ "Puerto Rico Open Win by Maxwell". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. AP. 6 March 1961. p. 11. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  15. ^ "Golf Victory to Jimenez". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. AP. 29 February 1960. p. 12. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  16. ^ "Coop Claims Second Win". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. AP. 16 February 1959. p. 10. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  17. ^ "Toski Is Winner in Puerto Rico". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. AP. 10 February 1958. p. 10. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  18. ^ "Harbert Wins Puerto Rican Open Tourney". The Gazette (Montreal). Montreal, Canada. AP. 4 February 1957. p. 26. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  19. ^ "Cerda Cards 144, Wins Puerto Rican Golf Tournament". The Gazette (Montreal). Montreal, Canada. AP. 6 February 1956. p. 22. Retrieved 8 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.

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