While Donald Trump's other piece of property concurrently playing host to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in South Florida had been rolling over the touring professionals in recent years, Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico has also evolved into a relative pushover in six years as site of the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
The Tom Kite design along the northeastern shore of the island is a stock par 72 measuring 7,506 yards. Last year's field of 132 averaged 70.229, lowest in its brief history as a PGA TOUR stop. It was the easiest par 72 east of California. Scott Brown recorded a one-stroke victory with a tournament-record 20-under 268 and went in the books as the third champion to make this event his breakthrough title.
Brown also became the fifth winner here to lead (or co-lead) his field in par-4 scoring average. It's a common thread that makes sense given the aggregate of holes is the hardest on the course in relation to par with an average of 4.02. The set of par 3s scored 2.97, fourth-easiest on TOUR all season, while the quartet of par 5s landed at 4.55, sixth-lowest of the year. Both clips are historical lows for Trump International.
Customarily breezy conditions are forecast for the entire week. Prevailing gusts from an easterly direction will at least allow the course to play as originally designed. The strongest threat of any inclement weather exists on Thursday, but daytime showers cannot be ruled out on any day. Temperatures will climb into the low 80s.