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      Power Rankings: Puerto Rico Open

    • Chris Stroud owns five T20s this season and tied for 12th at The Honda Classic. (Greenwood/Getty Images) Chris Stroud owns five T20s this season and tied for 12th at The Honda Classic. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

    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.

    Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com

    1 Chris Stroud Chris Stroud

    All five of his cuts made (in eight starts) this season are top 20s. Tied for 12th at The Honda. T18 in last year's trip to Puerto Rico.

    All five of his cuts made (in eight starts) this season are top 20s. Tied for 12th at The Honda. T18 in last year's trip to Puerto Rico.

    2 Brian Stuard Brian Stuard

    Faded a bit since torrid run bracketing the holidays. T24 at Honda is his fifth top 25 of the season. Tied for fourth here last year.

    Faded a bit since torrid run bracketing the holidays. T24 at Honda is his fifth top 25 of the season. Tied for fourth here last year.

    3 George McNeill George McNeill

    The 2012 champ took solo fifth in his debut in 2011. Second in all-time earnings here. Last two starts: T6 (NTO) and T12 (Honda).

    The 2012 champ took solo fifth in his debut in 2011. Second in all-time earnings here. Last two starts: T6 (NTO) and T12 (Honda).

    4 Matt Jones Matt Jones

    Top 15s in the last two editions of the event. Had only three bogeys all week last year. Two top 15s in the last seven weeks.

    Top 15s in the last two editions of the event. Had only three bogeys all week last year. Two top 15s in the last seven weeks.

    5 David Hearn David Hearn

    Bookended a season-best T6 at the Honda with 67s. In two appearances in Puerto Rico: T14 (2011) and T8 (2013); averaged 68.875 per round.

    Bookended a season-best T6 at the Honda with 67s. In two appearances in Puerto Rico: T14 (2011) and T8 (2013); averaged 68.875 per round.

    6 Andres Romero Andres Romero

    A rare focus of converging trends. Tied for 12th at last week's Honda. In two starts here, placed T20 in 2012 and T6 in 2013.

    A rare focus of converging trends. Tied for 12th at last week's Honda. In two starts here, placed T20 in 2012 and T6 in 2013.

    7 Seung-Yul Noh Seung-Yul Noh

    Returns for the first time since a T25 in his debut in 2012. Eight consecutive cuts made upon arrival. Under par in 17 of last 25 rounds.

    Returns for the first time since a T25 in his debut in 2012. Eight consecutive cuts made upon arrival. Under par in 17 of last 25 rounds.

    8 Emiliano Grillo Emiliano Grillo

    Second appearance (T42, 2012) for the 21-year-old Argentine. Top fives in last six starts, including solo second at Dubai Desert Classic.

    Second appearance (T42, 2012) for the 21-year-old Argentine. Top fives in last six starts, including solo second at Dubai Desert Classic.

    9 Scott Brown Scott Brown

    The defending champion has five career top fives on the PGA TOUR. Two occurred here (T5, 2012) and two occurred earlier this season.

    The defending champion has five career top fives on the PGA TOUR. Two occurred here (T5, 2012) and two occurred earlier this season.

    10 Fabian Gomez Fabian Gomez

    Both of his top 10s in 51 career PGA TOUR starts occurred in this event (2011, 2013). Co-led after 54 holes last year.

    Both of his top 10s in 51 career PGA TOUR starts occurred in this event (2011, 2013). Co-led after 54 holes last year.

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