Week 10 Approach Shots: Puerto Rico Open

March 09, 2010

ROUND 1 UPDATE: Play is scheduled to begin at 3:35 p.m. ET. Stay tuned.

ROUND 1 UPDATE: First round play continues to be delayed by weather on Friday morning at Trump International. There is no estimation as to what time play may resume. Play did begin briefly on Friday; Skip Kendall birdied the par-3 11th hole -- his second hole of the tournament -- to get to 3 under.

ROUND 1 SUSPENDED: The first round of the Puerto Rico Open was suspended due to torrential rain. Only 18 players teed off Thursday. Play will resume Friday at 6:15 a.m. ET. Story | Photos | Leaderboard

In 1998, Michael Bradley picked up his second PGA TOUR title, winning at the Doral-Ryder Open. He was 32 and seemingly moving into his prime. Injuries slowed things for Bradley, and after playing 211 events between 1993 and 2000, he only managed to play 46 from 2001 to 2007. Bradley showed a possible return to form at the conclusion of the 2008 season, and he entered the 2009 Puerto Rico Open without any expectations. To say he exceeded them would be an understatement.

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Bradley took a share of the third-round lead and then fired a final-round 70 at Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, to edge Jason Day by a stroke. His $630,000 payday was the largest of his career.

This is the third year of the Puerto Rico Open and the third at Trump International Golf Club. This season, Bradley has played five events, making three cuts. His top finish was at the season-opening SBS Championship, where he tied for 25th. He also tied for 33rd at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Boo Weekley, a two-time PGA TOUR champion, is also seeking a return to form as he plays this week. Weekley suffered a shoulder injury midway through the 2009 season. His best finish this season is a tie for 33rd at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Tom Pernice, Jr. won in his Champions Tour debut last fall when he captured the SAS Championship. Pernice has made three PGA TOUR starts in 2010 (making the cut in all three), with his top finish a tie for 21st at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Trump International course designer Tom Kite is making his first PGA TOUR start since the 2008 Puerto Rico Open. Kite has made two Champions Tour starts this season, with his top finish a tie for 11th at The ACE Group Classic. Kite tied for 33rd last week at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, CA.

Trump International Golf Club is one of the longest courses on TOUR, checking in at 7,526 yards.

Columnists' predictions
Each week, PGATOUR.COM columnists will predict the winner. Here are their picks for the Puerto Rico Open.
Columnist Pick Comment
ALEX PRUGH: By far the best pure rookie on TOUR this year. He's been on the leaderboard more often than the TOUR logo this season.
JOE OGILVIE: He will be the latest veteran to revive his career by winning this tournament, following Michael Bradley and Greg Kraft.
ALEX PRUGH: Hot hand. Three top-10s already. Great place to get win No. 1.
What the winner gets
A win this week at the Puerto Rico Open will earn the following benefits:
• Fully Exempt for the remainder of 2010 and all of 2011 and 2012.
• 250 FedExCup points. It took 354 points to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup in 2009 and 494 to reach the Deutsche Bank Championship.
• A spot in the following events in order of play: 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational, 2010 PLAYERS Championship, 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, 2010 Memorial, 2010 AT&T National, 2010 PGA Championship.
• A spot in the 2011 SBS Championship.
• If a U.S. player, 630,000 points towards making the 2011 Presidents Cup team.
• If it is a second victory for a player since last June 4, a spot in the U.S. Open.
Did you know?
In the field is Tom Kite, who designed this week's course, Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Three native Puerto Ricans are playing this week. They are Rafael Campos, Max Alverio and Erick Morales. Campos is a San Juan native and current Virginia Commonwealth golf team member who be competing in his third Puerto Rico Open. His best finish in the event was a tie for 78th in 2008. Alverio is from Aibonito, playing for the second time in this event. He missed the cut a year ago. Morales is from Dorado, and in the first two Puerto Rico Opens, he caddied for Miguel Suarez and Max Alverio, respectively. Morales qualified this year by winning the Island Chapter Open Qualifier in a playoff over, ironically, Suarez. Morales played collegiately at Rutgers.