Course Preview & Picks By Salary Tier – Puerto Rico Open

By March 21, 2017PGA, PGA Premium

Introduction

While all the A-list golfers of the world head over to Austin, Texas for the WGC Match Play, the leftovers head to Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for the Puerto Rico Open. This is probably one of the weakest field tournaments all year making it difficult to find six golfers you really like and have faith in to fit into your DraftKings lineups this week. Risky plays will be the norm but I will do my best to try and help guide you into picking the right golfers. The field is a bit smaller than normal with around 130 golfers teeing it up and the cut is still Top 70 and ties. With the field being this weak, I will personally be playing less cash games and focusing more on GPPs due to the wild variance this tournament produces with so many inconsistent golfers in the field. Weather can play a huge factor as windy conditions are the norm. The last two years the wind was up and scores plummeted from what they were in years past. As of now, rain and winds ranging from 10-20mph look to be in the forecast. As usual, check closer to Thursday to see if there will be any tee time wave advantages. With all the rain in the forecast, it is possible that there will be delays so trusting a particular wave could be null and void if delays or postponements occur.

Course Preview

Coco Beach Golf and CC is a 7,500 yard par 72 with four par 3s and four par 5s. Three of the par 3s are over 200 yards which make them tricky especially if the wind is blowing. The two par 5s on the front nine are reachable in two by all golfers and the two par 5s on the back are a bit longer so some of the short knockers might not get there. As with most par 72 courses, the majority of the scoring will come from these par 5s. There is also a wide array of short and long par 4s on this oceanside course. Off the tee golfers will see wide fairways with very little rough. Fairway bunkers, water, mangrove forests, and scattered palm trees will be the main defense the course has on tee shots. This course is fairly wide open as we saw last year in the playoff between Finau and Marino. Finau was purposely missing 40 yards right of the fairway and trees on the 18th hole (the main playoff hole) because he still had a clear shot to the green. The course being this wide open also lends itself to being very susceptible to high winds. On approach shots golfers will see greens that are average in size when it comes to overall square footage but there is a blend of very large greens and smaller greens on this course. The greens themselves use sea dwarf paspalum grass just like the CIMB Classic and the OHL at Mayakoba and should play fairly slow (11 on the stimpmeter). They are protected by bunkers, water, and runoff areas. The greens do have some slope and undulation, especially the larger ones. One tidbit of information before we get into the stats. Four of the last six winners here had a 13th place finish or better in one of their previous appearances.

Key Stats For The Course

***In order of importance with the most important first. Not including Strokes Gained Putting (SG:P), Strokes Gained Tee to Green (SG:T2G), and Birdie or Better % (BoB%), which are key stats every week. Because of the weak field I am putting less emphasis on stats and more emphasis on current form and course history for this tournament.

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