The 2013 Puerto Rico Open is scheduled for March 7-10 at Tom Kite-designed Trump International Golf Club. This is a critical event for lower-tier players hoping to make enough money to retain their tour cards. The defending champion is George McNeill. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 Puerto Rico Open.
*Subject to change
Course: Trump International Golf Club
Yardage: 7569 (from PGATOUR.com)
Tournament history: since 2008
Lowest winning score: 269 (-19) by Derek Lamely in 2010
Thursday March 7 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (6:30 PM ET)
Friday March 8 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (6:30 PM ET)
Saturday March 9 - Round 3 - Golf Channel (6:30 PM ET)
Sunday March 10 - Final Round - Golf Channel (7:30 PM ET)
2. Dark horse: Patrick Cantlay. The former no. 1 amateur received a Tiger Woods-like reception when he turned pro last year at the Travelers Championship. But things have not been rosy since then. He has only one top-10 in more than a dozen starts and looks very much like a journeyman golfer. With most of the top players playing at Doral, this tournament presents Cantlay a golden opportunity to make a fresh start to his fledgling career. The former collegiate star certainly has all the tools to succeed at this level. He is a fearless shot-maker with a solid short game, but so are the majority of tour players. He needs to do something extra special here.
3. Player to Watch: Paul Casey. Like so many players playing here this week, Casey is struggling to rediscover his past form. Ever since his toe injury two years ago, the English star has been on a downward spiral. I cannot remember the last time Casey had a good tournament. It is disheartened to watch someone who was tipped just a few years ago to be a superstar suffering from this terrible slump. Still, Casey is relatively young and will have a lot of time to correct the course. But we said the same thing about David Duval when his game first went south years ago.
4. Top Favorites: 1. Y.E. Yang | 2. Angel Cabrera (One top-10 in 2 starts here, really feel at home in Puerto Rico) | 3. George McNeil (Defending champion who has not missed a cut this season) | 4. K.J. Choi (Another top player hoping to return to form) | 5. Casey Wittenberg (2012 Web.com Player of the Year looking for a breakout victory).