Expert Picks: Puerto Rico Opentext sizeMarch 06, 2013
The PGA TOUR's heads to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com this week. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders:
Expert Pick Order Player Selected JOHN SWANTEK Luke Guthrie: Despite coming up short at the Honda, playing in the final group both days on the weekend will make him seasoned and steely. A huge amount of confidence will carry over into this week. MIKE McALLISTER Graham DeLaet: Two top-10 finishes in his last four starts, including a T9 at The Honda Classic. He also finished T9 in Puerto Rico a year ago. JOHN SCHWARB Patrick Cantlay: He ran away last Sunday to take the Web.com Tour's Colombia Championship by four shots, so why not step up in class and win again? He's proven to not be intimidated by the TOUR stage. RYAN SMITHSON Luke Guthrie: I was really impressed how he dug in and finished his round Sunday at The Honda Classic. He easily could have had a rookie meltdown, but he stayed aggressive. He's going to be on TOUR for a long time. ROB BOLTON Bryce Molder: He's arguably best known for owning one of the most confident putting strokes on TOUR. The combination of that with a sound start to 2013 and multiple top 15s in this event results in a reliable cocktail for success. HELEN ROSS Luke Guthrie: He's played seven times this year and finished 27th or better five times, including last week's solo third on a difficult PGA National course. The momentum is clearly in his favor. ANNE DETLEFSEN Patrick Cantlay: The 20-year-old won last week's Web.com Tour event by four strokes for his first victory since turning pro last June. He returns to the PGA TOUR this week, where earlier this season he finished T9 at the AT&T Pebble Beach. CHRIS DUNHAM Kevin Stadler: The "Baby Walrus" is quietly off to a strong start that has him ranked inside the FedExCup top 30. Easier courses have been kind to Stadler and with double-digits under par needed to win here, I like his chances for a good showing. BRIAN WACKER Michael Bradley: Some tournaments you just go with what's worked in the past. Much like with Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic, I like Bradley's chances of nabbing a third career win in Puerto Rico.