Puerto Rico Open

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Puerto Rico Open
Puerto Rico Open logo.png
Tournament information
LocationRío Grande, Puerto Rico
Established2008
Course(s)Grand Reserve Country Club (2021)
Par72
Length7,569 yards (6,921 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
(alternate event)
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$3.0 million
Month playedFebruary
Tournament record score
Aggregate267 Chesson Hadley (2014)
To par−21 as above
Current champion
South Africa Branden Grace
Location Map
Grand Reserve CC is located in Puerto Rico
Grand Reserve CC
Grand Reserve CC
Location in Puerto Rico

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]

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 only, the Puerto Rico Open was an unofficial event as a fundraiser for relief efforts after Hurricane Maria, and was played at TPC Dorado Beach.[3]

The event had been considered to have an unofficial "curse" on the PGA Tour, as no winner of the event had ever gone on to win another tournament. The only exception to this was Michael Bradley who won the Puerto Rico Open for a second time in 2011, after winning his first in 2009, but never won another PGA Tour event.[4] However, Viktor Hovland broke the "curse" when he went on to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic in December 2020, having won the Puerto Rico Open earlier in the year.[5]

History[edit]

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.[6] 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.

Winners[edit]

Year Tour[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref.
Puerto Rico Open
2021 USA South Africa Branden Grace 269 −19 1 stroke Venezuela Jhonattan Vegas 540,000 3,000,000
2020 USA Norway Viktor Hovland 268 −20 1 stroke United States Josh Teater 540,000 3,000,000
2019 USA United States Martin Trainer 275 −15 3 strokes Australia Aaron Baddeley
United States Daniel Berger
Canada Roger Sloan
United States 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 USA United States D. A. Points 268 −20 2 strokes United States Bryson DeChambeau
South Africa Retief Goosen
United States Bill Lunde
540,000 3,000,000
Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach
2016 USA United States Tony Finau 276 −12 Playoff United States Steve Marino 540,000 3,000,000
Puerto Rico Open
2015 USA Germany Alex Čejka 281 −7 Playoff United States Jon Curran
Argentina Emiliano Grillo
United States Tim Petrovic
United States Sam Saunders
540,000 3,000,000
Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com
2014 USA United States Chesson Hadley 267 −21 2 strokes New Zealand Danny Lee 630,000 3,500,000
2013 USA United States Scott Brown 268 −20 1 stroke Argentina Fabián Gómez
United States Jordan Spieth
630,000 3,500,000
2012 USA United States George McNeill 272 −16 2 strokes Japan Ryo Ishikawa 630,000 3,500,000
2011 USA United States Michael Bradley (2) 272 −16 Playoff United States Troy Matteson 630,000 3,500,000
Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
2010 USA United States Derek Lamely 269 −19 2 strokes United States Kris Blanks 630,000 3,500,000
2009 USA United States Michael Bradley 274 −14 1 stroke Australia Jason Day
United States Brett Quigley
630,000 3,500,000
2008 USA United States Greg Kraft 274 −14 1 stroke United States Jerry Kelly
United States Bo Van Pelt
630,000 3,500,000
2006−07: No tournament
American Express Puerto Rico Open
2005 TLA Argentina Daniel Barbetti 268 −20 Playoff Argentina Eduardo Argiró [7]
2004 TLA Argentina Rodolfo González 282 −6 1 stroke Argentina Eduardo Argiró
Canada David Morland IV
[8]
Puerto Rico Open
1968−2003: No tournament
1967 United States Chuck Courtney 280 −8 2 strokes United States Art Wall Jr. [9]
1966 Spain Ramón Sota 284 −4 2 strokes United States Bill Collins [10]
1965 United States Howell Fraser 288 E 1 stroke United States Al Besselink
United States Art Wall Jr.
[11]
1964 United States Art Wall Jr. 289 +1 Playoff United States Jay Dolan [12]
1963 United States Charlie Sifford 277 −7 6 strokes Canada George Knudson [13]
1962 Canada George Knudson 280 −4 2 strokes United States Al Geiberger
United States Tony Lema
United States Don Whitt
United States Henry Williams Jr.
[14]
1961 United States Billy Maxwell 273 −11 7 strokes Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo [15]
1960 United States Joe Jimenez 280 −4 Playoff Canada Stan Leonard [16]
1959 United States Pete Cooper 282 −6 5 strokes United States Ed Oliver [17]
1958 United States Bob Toski 288 E 2 strokes United States Ernie Vossler [18]
1957 United States Chick Harbert 281 −7 2 strokes Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo [19]
1956 Argentina Antonio Cerdá 144[b] E 5 strokes United States Herman Barron
Republic of Ireland Dick Ferguson
[20]
  1. ^ TLA − Tour de las Américas; USA − PGA Tour.
  2. ^ Tournament reduced to 36-holes after the opening day's play was abandoned because of rain.

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 18°24′18″N 65°47′56″W / 18.405°N 65.799°W / 18.405; -65.799