While the PGA Tour hosts another of it elevated events with the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, a second tournament on the Tour, the Puerto Rico Open, takes place at Grand Reserve Golf Club.
In 2022, Ryan Brehm cantered to a comfortable six-shot win over Max McGreevy. That was a life-changing win for the American, as it earned him his PGA Tour card. Brehm will not be back to defend his title as he’s playing in the Florida event this week, although the man who finished runner-up to him does appear.
In fact, you need to go back four years to find the most recent winner of the tournament who is taking part this year. In 2019, Martin Trainer, finished ahead of a chasing pack of four to claim a three-shot win. That was his one and only win on the PGA Tour to date, something he’ll be looking to rectify this week.
The year after, Josh Teater came agonisingly close to claiming his first PGA Tour win. In the end, though, he missed out by one shot to Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian is also playing in Florida this week, but Teater returns, hoping to break his duck at the age of 43 and at the 219th time of asking.
DA Points, who won the 2017 tournament, returns hoping for his fourth PGA Tour win, while another former winner in the field is Scott Brown, who triumphed in 2013. George McNeill claimed victory in 2018, along with Cheyenne Woods, when the tournament was an unofficial pro-am event, named the Puerto Rico Open Charity Day. That added to his victory from 2012. Another former winner returning this week is Michael Bradley, who won in 2009 and 2011.
One player who impressed during last week’s Honda Classic was Ryan Gerard. Thanks to his finish of fourth at PGA National, Gerard, who earned his place in the field via Monday Qualifying, is eligible this week too. Elsewhere, local favourite Rafael Campos also plays – he held the 54-hole lead two years ago, before eventually finishing tied for third.
The purse is $3.8m, an increase of $100,000 on 2022. Of that, the winner will receive $684,000.
Below is the prize money breakdown and field for the 2023 Puerto Rico Open.
Puerto Rico Open Prize Money
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