Don’t let the $3.5 million dollar purse fool you, the Puerto Rico Open is every bit as important as the $9 million WGC-Cadillac Championship. Most of the players in Puerto Rico are members of the PGA Tour, and a win or top ten finish will be a huge boost to their ranking on the Money List.
In 2013, there were 10 players within $100,000 of Peter Hanson, who was 125th on the Money List. A top-10 finish in Puerto Rico guarantees at least $100,000, which helps a player secure their card for next season. It’s a big deal, so I’ll be watching the guys take on Trump International Golf Club.
Scott Brown is the defending champion. He took advantage of the wrap around schedule by registering two top-tens at the end of 2013, but he is looking to jump start the 2014 part of his season.
It is time for Jhonattan Vegas to get back into the winner’s circle. He is playing on a Medical Extension because of a shoulder injury in 2013. Vegas has made 7 of 8 cuts this season, and just had his best finish last week at the Honda Classic, T12.
Brooks Koepka almost won the first event of the season, the Frys.com Open, and he is currently 70th in the World Golf Rankings. Koepka has been playing well on the European Tour, and he will be a member of the PGA Tour very soon.
Emiliano Grillo is only 21-years-old, but he has been a pro since 2011. I remember him as an excellent junior player, and I didn’t realize he is playing well until he came in second place at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. He is another Euro Tour player who will be a regular on the PGA Tour very soon.
Please join the conversation in the comments section below. I would like to know who you think will have a big week in Puerto Rico.