March 04, 2014
- Scott Brown took a one-stroke victory in Puerto Rico a year ago. (Dunn/Getty Images)
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Will a fourth first-time winner in seven years be crowned at this week's Puerto Rico Ope presented by seepuertorico.com?
Time will tell. But the field features an interesting mix of potential debut champions and veterans, including six major championship winners in John Daly, David Duval, Trevor Immelman, Lee Janzen, David Toms and Y.E. Yang.
Here are a few groups PGATOUR.COM will be watching at Trump National. Use the comments section below to tell us who you've got your eyes on.
David Toms, Jhonattan Vegas and Tim Clark -- 1:20 p.m. ET (12:20 p.m. local) 1st tee on Thursday; 8:40 a.m. ET (7:40 a.m. local) 10th tee on Friday: Vegas enters with momentum after his tie for 12th last week at The Honda Classic. Toms and Clark after playing in Puerto Rico for the first time after 556 and 270 TOUR starts, respectively.
Steve Flesch, Chris DiMarco and Scott McCarron -- 1:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. local) ET 1st tee on Thursday; 8:50 a.m. ET (7:50 a.m. local) 10th tee on Friday: Flesh and DiMarco have both played in the Puerto Rico Open three of the seven times the tournament has been contested. Both had their best finishes in 2011, too, where DiMarco tied for 11th and Flesh shared 28th. McCarron, who turns 50 next year, missed the cut the only time he played at Trump National.
Scott Brown, Carl Pettersson and George McNeill -- 8:40 a.m. ET (7:40 a.m. local) 10th tee on Thursday; 1:20 p.m. ET (12:20 p.m. local) 1st tee on Friday: Brown is defending the title he won last year in just his 26th start on the PGA TOUR while McNeill is the 2012 champion. Pettersson, a five-time TOUR winner, is making just his second start in Puerto Rico after tying for 33rd in 2010.
Nicolas Colsaerts, Ryo Ishikawa and Robert Karlsson -- 8:50 a.m. ET (7:50 a.m. local) 10th tee on Thursday; 1:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. local) 1st tee on Friday: Ishikawa is the one with the local knowledge here after finishing second to McNeill in 2012. The big-hitting Colsaerts of Belgium and Karlsson, who is Swedish, are Ryder Cup veterans who complete this international threesome.