March 05, 2012
Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM fantasy columnist
While Donald Trump visits his newly acquired Doral Golf Resort and Spa for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, 132 golfers will compete at Trump International Golf Club in the fifth edition of the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
Despite the connection to the real estate magnate, the only firing taking place will be at flagsticks.
The par-72, 7,526-yard Trump International has yielded an average number of birdies as it compares to other PGA TOUR stops. Last year, the field averaged 3.42 birdies per round, second fewest in its brief history. However, the par-5s are gettable. Last year's clip of 41.44 percent of birdies of better on the quartet of longest holes was the highest split the course has posted.
While long hitters can step on it, this tournament has featured leaderboards bursting with veteran ball-strikers. Expect a blend of horses for courses to share the space on Sunday with guys that enter with positive momentum.
Typical weather is on tap this week. A reasonable chance of rain exists every day and winds will play a significant factor. Temperatures will top out in the low 80s.
|Power Rankings: Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com|
| || ||Matt |
|All or nothing. In five starts, he's posted a pair of top sixes and has missed three cuts. However, both lofty results occurred in the tropical climes of Hawaii and the Riviera Maya. Ranks 21st in birdie average. Placed T22 here last year in his only appearance.|
| || ||Brandt |
|Tore off the 0-for-4 collar with a T60 at the Mayakoba, and then played PGA National par or better in every round en route to a T16 at the Honda. Ranked T3 in greens hit for the week. Shared seventh place in his first appearance here last year.|
| || ||Kevin |
|He's strung together four straight top 25s, the longest such streak of his career. Moreover, each finish has been better than the previous. Shared ninth at the Honda where he ranked T3 in greens hit. Three top 20s in four starts at Trump International.|
| || ||Brendon |
|Shared third in his first appearance here in 2010; tied for 14th last year. Started this season with a pair of top 15s before fading from our consciousness. Ranks 51st on TOUR in greens in regulation and 22nd in adjusted scoring.|
| || ||Kevin |
|In his last appearance here in 2010, he owned sole possession of the 54-hole lead before closing with a 73 to finish in a tie for third place. Therefore, he has some unfinished business this week. Finished T9 at Pebble Beach a month ago.|
| || ||J.B. |
|The first-timer at Trump International arrives in the wake of a disappointing T56 at the Honda where he was 6-over on the weekend. However, he finished T8 at Riviera three weeks ago and should thrive on the par 5s this week.|
| || ||Michael |
|The two-time champion (2009, 2011) has scored under par in all 12 of his rounds at Trump International. They remain his only top 10s in his last 135 PGA TOUR starts. Ranked second in greens hit en route to last year's playoff victory over Troy Matteson.|
| || ||Jeff |
|Finally cracked a top 40 with share of 18th place at last week's Honda where he led the field in puts per round (105; ranked T60 in GIR). He's 3-for-3 at Trump International with a pair of top 15s. Currently 20th on TOUR in Strokes Gained-Putting.|
| || ||Dicky |
|Riding the crest of a wave at the moment with consecutive top 10s the last two weeks. Carded just 13 bogeys (and nothing worse) in his 144 holes. His 1.375 Strokes Gained-Putting split would rank third if he logged enough rounds to officially qualify.|
| || ||Vaughn |
|Top 20s in each of the last two weeks including a T18 at the Honda. His full-season splits are skewed by an 0-for-3 start but he's ranked inside the top 25 in greens hit in his last two starts. A first-timers at Trump International.|
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