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PGA - Puerto Rico Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, March 6th through Sunday, March 9th
SITE: Trump International G.C. (Composite Course), Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Kite and Bruce Bresse (2004)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,506
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 447 Yds10 - Par 4 430 Yds
2 - Par 5 547 Yds11 - Par 3 192 Yds
3 - Par 4 386 Yds12 - Par 4 465 Yds
4 - Par 4 455 Yds13 - Par 4 410 Yds
5 - Par 5 535 Yds14 - Par 4 459 Yds
6 - Par 3 203 Yds15 - Par 5 600 Yds
7 - Par 4 448 Yds16 - Par 3 202 Yds
8 - Par 3 236 Yds17 - Par 4 411 Yds
9 - Par 4 450 Yds18 - Par 5 630 Yds
36 3,707 Yds36 3,799 Yds
Annual:  7th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-9 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 7:30-10:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Scott Brown
Runner-Up:  Fabian Gomez, Jordan Spieth
Tournament Record:  268 (Scott Brown, 2013)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Scott Brown, Fabian Gomez, 2013)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Andres Romero, 2013)
Course Record:  63 (Derek Lamely, 2010; James Driscoll, Chris Tidland, 2011;
  Scott Brown, 2013)
Total Purse:  $3,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $630,000; 2nd Place - $378,000; 3rd Place - $238,000
2013 Finish
Scott Brown268Andres Romero271
Fabian Gomez269Peter Uihlein271
Jordan Spieth269David Hearn272
Justin Bolli270D.J. Trahan272
Brian Stuard270Boo Weekley272
Past Puerto Rico Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Scott Brown (268) -- Fabian Gomez, Jordan Spieth
2012George McNeill (272) -- Ryo Ishikawa
2011*Michael Bradley (272) -- Troy Matteson
2010Derek Lamely (269) -- Kris Blanks
2009Michael Bradley (274) -- Jason Day, Brett Quigley
2008Greg Kraft (274) -- Jerry Kelly, Bo Van Pelt

Top Contenders in the Field
Scott Brown------------T-5Won
Fabian Gomez---------T-7---T-2
Dicky PridemcmcwdT-50T-20T-11
Chris Stroudmc---T-61------T-18
Ryo Ishikawa------------2ndT-39
Michael Bradley---WonT-15WonT-42T-50
George McNeill---------5thWonT-57
Troy Matteson---T-31---2ndT-32T-70
Michael Thompson---------T-14------
Brooks Koepka------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Brooks Koepka
Darkhorse - David Hearn
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sergio Garcia) - Finished tied for 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Geoff Ogilvy) - Missed the cut
NOTES:The PGA Tour travels to the Isle of Enchantment this week for the
Puerto Rico Open. The 2008 tournament was the first full-field sanctioned PGA Tour event held in Puerto Rico.

The top players in the world are in Florida at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, therefore, there are only four players in the top 85 of the world rankings in Puerto Rico. Brooks Koepka is the highest-ranked player in the field at 70th. He is joined by Chris Stroud (81), Ryo Ishikawa (82) and Michael Thompson (85).

Six former major champions are in the field this week: John Daly (1991 PGA Championship, 1995 British Open), David Duval (2001 British Open), Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters), Lee Janzen (1993 and 1998 U.S. Open), David Toms (2001 PGA Championship) and Y.E. Yang (2009 PGA Championship).

Four Puerto Rico residents are expected to compete -- Rafael Campos, Max Alverio, Erick Morales and Miguel Suarez. Campos is a San Juan native and a Virginia Commonwealth graduate.

Trump International Golf Club, designed by Tom Kite, is the only 36-hole golf facility in Puerto Rico where you can play in the Mountains, play along the Ocean, play in the Palms and play among the Lakes. It's also the only golf course in Puerto Rico with white silica sand bunkers. Relax in the clubhouse, one of the largest in the Caribbean, and enjoy views of both the Ocean and the El Yunque Rainforest. Trump International was originally called Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. A portion of all four nines will be used to make up a composite layout this week.

Last year, Fabian Gomez held a 1-stroke advantage entering the final hole, but he bogeyed the par-5 18th. His playing partner, Scott Brown, birdied for his first PGA Tour win. Brown, playing on conditional status, finished 72 holes at a tournament-record 20-under 268.

In 2011, Michael Bradley parred the first playoff hole to defeat Troy Matteson and win this event for the second time in three years. Bradley fired four straight rounds of 68 and finished at 16-under-par 272 with Matteson. Bradley has won a PGA Tour title in each of the last three decades.

Derek Lamely fired weekend rounds of 63-66 in 2010 to come from behind and win the rain-delayed tournament. Lamely, who won for the first time on the PGA Tour, completed the event at 19-under-par 269.

In 2009, Bradley birdied the 18th hole and shot a 2-under 70 in the final round to win his first PGA Tour title in 11 years. Bradley picked up his first win since the 1998 Doral-Ryder Open.

Greg Kraft fired rounds of 69-66-69-70 to overtake third-round leader Bo Van Pelt in 2008 and win the inaugural event. Kraft finished at 14-under-par 274 for his first official tour title. He won the 1993 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, but that was played opposite The Masters and not counted as an official victory.

The PGA Tour remains in Florida next week, moving to the west coast of the state for the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, where Kevin Streelman captured the title last year.

03/04 15:47:43 ET

As of March 4, 2014, at 03:48 PM ET