ANDREW PUTNAM (USA) 25/1 – £5EW PP 7 Places

JHONATTAN VEGAS (USA) 35/1 – £5EW PP 7 Places

CAMERON PERCY (AUS) 55/1 – £5EW PP 7 Places

BRONSON BURGOON (USA) 60/1 – £5EW BET365 7 Places

TOMMY FLEETWOOD (ENG) 40/1 – £5EW PP 7 Places 

WILL ZALATORIS (USA) 55/1 – £5EW PP 7 Places 

BUBBA WATSON (USA) 80/1  – £5EW PP 7 Places 

THOMAS DETRY (BEL) 150/1  – £5EW PP 7 Places 

The Puerto Rico Open the most fun tournament in the PGA TOUR, speaks to our resiliency, passion and love for the sport. Even after two hurricanes and through a worldwide pandemic, we committed to the tournament and to the excellent professional golfers that play it.

The PR Open combines great golf, a beautiful beachfront setting, and the warm hospitality of Puerto Ricans. It is known for its generous donations to non-profits every year, supporting their missions and making them part of the experience as volunteers. It’s an unparalleled stage that showcases the wonders of our island, while providing an excellent opportunity for businesses to grow.

There’s nothing but fun times and good vibes at the Puerto Rico Open!

Coco Beach Golf And CC

Formerly known as Trump International Puerto Rico, Coco Beach was never owned by Donald Trump at all. The former owners elected to lease the Donald’s name brand in hopes of bringing recognition to this 36 hole facility located on the north shore of Puerto Rico 20 minutes east of San Juan. The facility maintains some of the best playing conditions on the island though it isn’t quite maintained at the elite level many upper-end mainland resorts are able to produce.

The terrain is very flat which makes it plenty walkable although the unusual routing produces awkward and sometimes lengthy transitions from green to tee. The fairways are framed with palm trees with handful of water hazards to contend with along the way and the greens are generous in size. Numerous bunkers are found on each hole to help give character to the otherwise uninspiring terrain.

The best view on the course comes at the 12th hole where the ocean and beach act as a backdrop to the green.

A small ocean inlet obscurely comes into view to the right of the 16th green before the routing takes players back towards the clubhouse. Though the course, consisting of the Palms and Mountain nines, tips out over 7500 yards the playing widths are generous enough that players can reach back and comfortably take a rip with their driver on most holes with the most penal hazard being the large grass bushes found throughout the routing that are so dense they gobble up balls with little chance of retrieval. Iguanas are frequent visitors in the rough and occasionally take a dip in the water hazards.

Best Par 5:  15th Hole – 600 Yards – A true three shot hole for 99% of mortals, the 15th offers no shortcuts on getting home. In fact, players that think they can shave a few yards off by going up the right side will be faced with a forced carry over a large waste bunker dotted with ball eating bushes. 

Past Results 

2011      Michael Bradley             272       

2012      George McNeill              272       

2013      Scott Brown                    268       

2014      Chesson Hadley             267       

2015      Alex Cejka                        281       

2016      Tony Finau                       276       

2017      D.A. Points                       268       

2019      Martin Trainer               273     

2020      Viktor Hovland              268

The WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession will be one of three World Golf Championships events on the 2020-21 PGA TOUR schedule sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours.

The other World Golf Championships are the Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin, Texas) and FedEx St. Jude Invitational (Memphis, Tennessee). The HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China), which was not contested in 2020, will return to the TOUR calendar this fall as part of the 2021-22 schedule.

Concession GC

The seed of what would become The Concession Golf Club was planted in 1969, with Jack Nicklaus’ famous gesture of conceding the final putt in the Ryder Cup to Tony Jacklin, clinching the first tie in the competition’s history. Decades later, the two golf legends paired up to design and create The Concession Golf Club in the Lakewood Ranch section of Manatee County. From the beginning in 2006, The Concession was designed to be different — a championship, privately-owned golf facility with no houses lining the course.

The goal was to create a course where tournament conditions were the norm and the natural setting is the star. More than a decade later, the course has evolved, but the setting remains unchanged in its natural splendour, which has been the setting for prestigious events such as the NCAA Division I championships and the biennial Concession Cup. Rolex has granted the club a rare honour, putting not one but two of its beautiful 10-foot clocks at the course.

Jack Nicklaus Design has drawn up more than 400 courses worldwide and The Concession Golf Club is one of about 300 which the Golden Bear designed himself. Tony Jacklin has designed seven courses worldwide. But the two World Golf Hall of Fame members and longtime friends shared this design collaboration, the only course in the world with both Nicklaus’ and Jacklin’s imprint.

Past Results 

2011      Nick Watney           272

2012      Justin Rose              272

2013      Tiger Woods            269

2014      Patrick Reed           284

2015      Dustin Johnson      279

2016      Adam Scott             276

2017      Dustin Johnson      270

2018      Phil Mickelson       268

2019      Dustin Johnson     263

2020      Patrick Reed          266

Our Picks for the Week

JHONATTAN VEGAS (USA) 35/1

This could be the week for Mr Vegas to shine. Everything seems to be building up nicely for this event. We watched a lot of his golf at the Mayakoba at the end of last year he played well just costly on the greens not to finish higher than a 20th place finish.

He looked rusty at the Farmers which was his first event back in the new year so forgive him the missed cut, but what a show he put on at the AT&T Pebble Beach, which will not be far off the course and playing conditions here this week. He holds a strong wind game and his off the tee is always solid and he ranks in the top ten total on the PGA Tour stats for strokes gained off the tee.

With it being a weaker field it can only improve his chances of picking up his fourth PGA Tour win.

His previous results here are good reading too 24/MC/69/26/9   

He looked good out playing his practice rounds and said he is ready for the challenge this week and feels everything is nearly there, and is clicking into place.

KYOUNG-HOON LEE  (KOR) 25/1

Lots to like with Lee again playing against a weaker field he should perform well here it was only a couple of weeks ago he challenged to win the Waste Management only to be beaten by one shot.

Still lots of positives to take from that and should be under the radar again this week.

He had poor Genesis event and a horrid Saturday round of 79, we saw some of his back nine on Sunday and something the team liked was his ability to give himself so many chances for birdies on a very challenging course. I think it could all come together here this week and we could be crowning him the champion come Sunday evening.

Another strong wind player and has a great ball flight that should suit most of the coastal holes here this week.

 

CAMERON PERCY (AUS) 70/1

Well keeping with that Aussie feel again this week what with Cam netting us a good place at 80/1 last week. Cameron for me is the one to watch this week and feel the price is reflected.

His last win was at the Price Cutter back in 2014 we have followed him for quite some time over his years on the Aussie Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour. He held the 54-hole lead at the Safeway Open this season against a top quality field. That week he was 75% birdie or better on the Par fives that week which should also be a massive advantage around here this week if that comes together again.

For me he is very much a horses for courses player and see plenty of good trends coming back to a course he loves. Previous here: 67/29/14/MC/26/24/44 and he has not come into this event in better form than now.

We saw some of his numbers collected from flight scope and he can shape his shots high/low depending on the shot choice so very adaptable to changing conditions, which you will need around here this week.

 

ANDREW PUTNAM (USA) 22/1

Andrew is now starting to get back into the groove he was a couple of years ago. 2020 was a wash out for him with so many poor results, he had a few injury issues as well which saw him pull out of the US Open last year but he is now fully fit and playing some great golf.

He missed the cut at the Sony not be a lot the golf was solid and he looked on point, since then he has gone four straight cuts made twenty first at the American Express, top ten at the Waste Management, followed that with a great 69 closing round at the AT&T Pebble Beach and again last week a solid 68 to close just outside the top thirty.   

We need him to come out of the blocks firing to get into the weekend and will be making plenty of birdies I am sure of it.

There are only a hand full of players which hold the same positive traits at this venue, and with his final round ranking if we have a chance he should be able to close the deal.

 

THOMAS DETRY (BEL) 150/1

Detry for me looks very much overpriced this week. He is a quality striker of the golf ball and has contended against some top quality fields in the past. He has made us a few pounds over the years and can see him turning up here again this week.

It could be a big ask but no reason why he will not give a good display of himself this week. Yet to win on either Tour which is very surprising but picked up his first Challenge Tour win at the Bridgestone Challenge back in 2016 beating the likes of Matt Wallace and Aaron Rai. He cleaned the floor with everyone that week shooting rounds of 60/67/69/63 total 259 the nearest was twelve shots back at 271.

He will win an event this year I am sure of it and good be going close here is he starts well.

WILL ZALATORIS (USA) 55/1

Will is fast becoming a household name out here and looks like he has been playing at this level for years, he is only twenty four but has been knocking on the door so many times already in 2021. He has already won on the Korn Ferry Tour at the TPC Colorado back in 2020 that was within the space of two years playing on that Tour so can he do the same on the PGA Tour ?

He had a great US Open to finish in a tie for sixth place, since then he has not looked back.

  • Shriners – 5TH
  • Bermuda – 16TH
  • Farmers – 7TH
  • Waste Mang – 17H
  • Genesis – 15TH

I mean come on what is there not to love about his chances around here this week.

Trends where he ticks the boxes here are: Bermuda Positive / GIR / Nicklaus Positive

No brainer bet here looking forward to following him today in practice.

BUBBA WATSON (USA) 80/1

We all know just how good Bubba can be on his day and at this price I am liking this a lot.

He has not won now since 2018 where he picked up three titles that year alone and boy has been close on many occasions since then.

I am not bothered about his missed cut last week at the Genesis and to be fair not a course that sets up well for him. He is another creature who likes and plays well at certain events and for him it’s the big events he seems to show his class.

He went three top ten’s over the space of four weeks play already this season so the game is there. We watched a lot of him at the Waste Management and he closed that week out very strong indeed.

Even with a couple of recent missed cuts he is still 7TH strokes gained off the tee and 4TH strokes gained tee to green on the PGA Tour stats.      

I feel this could be a big year for him and he really wants to be teeing it up later this year at the Ryder Cup.

TOMMY FLEETWOOD (ENG) 40/1

Always a bit unsure what Tommy will turn up week on week which has stopped me backing him in the past but at this price he is good value.

I also feel that the Concession golf club will be right up his alley, we have seen him hitting a few shots and playing a few holes already and he looks like he is enjoying the challenge.  

He is such an adaptable player now and no matter where he is playing in the world he seems to always be in the hunt. Don’t be surprised if he starts slow this week then throws in a couple of really low ones to creep up the leader board, never right him off, his final round scoring is very impressive.

Still yet to win a PGA Tour event and this has to be only a matter of time. Five time winner on the European Tour and came very close to winning the Portugal Masters and Scottish Open last year.  

Well overdue a win so bring it home TOMMY.

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