2019 Puerto Rico Open Betting Preview & Expert Picks

Posted by Derrick Harper on February 20, 2019 in

The course is 7,506 yards, par 72 and it reopened last fall after close to a year of recovery time. The Tom Kite design sits at the foothills of the El Yunque Rainforest and winds its way to the ocean. What began as four separate nine-hole routings were reconfigured in 2007 into two 18-hole layouts, both featuring generous greens, numerous bunkers and a handful of man-made water hazards. The 2019 Puerto Rico Open is now back after a one-year absence because of Hurricane Maria, and it should be a great week for the US territory to announce to the world they’re open for business.

The winner receives 300 FedEx Cup points which usually draws quite the competitive field. This is a tough field to handicap because there are no top-50 players, so there’s a lot of guesswork. Let’s check the favorites alongside the latest Golf Odds.

2019 Puerto Rico Open Betting Preview & Expert Picks

Back after a one-year hiatus, the island welcomes incoming Hall of Famer Retief Goosen and six other former major winners to begin its second decade on the PGA TOUR schedule. Daniel Berger, Graeme McDowell, Trevor Immelman and defending champion D.A. Points highlight the lineup, comprised of players outside the world rankings’ top 50 and not eligible for the WGC Mexico Championship.

Defending Champion Back

On the course’ last action scene, D. A. Points birdied his first five holes and four of his last six in a roller-coaster final round, outpacing Goosen’s hard-charging 64 for his third PGA TOUR title. Points appeared in control with his torrid start, until a trio of bogeys around the turn dropped him behind Goosen’s clubhouse lead.

However, the Pekin, Illinois native rallied with birdies at Nos. 13 and 14, adding two more in the final hour for a 66 that left him two strokes clear of Goosen, Bryson DeChambeau (67) and Bill Lunde (68). It was Points’ first victory since the 2013 Houston Open, coming a few months after stepping down to the Web.com Tour Finals to retain his PGA TOUR card.

Veterans

John Daly, Angel Cabrera, David Duval, and Mike Weir round out the roster of former major winners in the field. Robert Allenby, a four-time TOUR winner, is set for his first PGA TOUR start since last year in Reno. The 47-year-old Aussie earned a share of 16th at last year’s Australian PGA. Goosen and Daly are part of a sizable list from the 50-and-older set that includes Jay Don Blake (60) and Olin Browne (59).

Angel Cabrera is one of the favorites to win the 2019 Puerto Rico Open.

Rafael Campos, who won the Web.com Tour’s Great Abaco Classic last month, is among four Puerto Rico golfers in the field. He’s joined by Edward Figueroa, Max Alverio, and Jeronimo Esteve. … Former Oklahoma State teammates Nick Heinen and Kristoffer Ventura will tee it up on sponsor invitations. So will current collegian Bryson Nimmer (Clemson), who notched two wins in the fall and was runner-up in a third.

Event is Back in Action

Puerto Rico will now step back onto golf’s sporting stage, showing off its recovery efforts after taking a direct hit from Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s power grid while demolishing trees and homes across the island.

Points were among 19 PGA TOUR and LPGA players who teed up last year in a charity pro-am held in place of the Open. The event also attracted baseball’s Carlos Beltran and Pudge Rodriguez, raising more than $500,000 for relief efforts.