Puerto Rico Open
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHESSON HADLEY
2014 Puerto Rico Open Champion
& MANY THANKS to ALL VOLUNTEERS who made
the event to be MORE THAN A GAME, AN EXPERIENCE
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The Puerto Rico Open is a professional golf tournament played for the first time on the PGA TOUR back in 2008, with a Money Purse of US$3.5 million dollars and with $630,000 going to the winner.
Since the first year, the tournament has been played at the Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico (located at Coco Beach Resort), and which was designed by Tom Kite. It was the first PGA Tour tournament to be held in Puerto Rico. It is an alternate tournament to the WGC-CA Championship, where all four rounds are broadcasted on The Golf Channel.
The Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com is a unique not for profit event that gives back to the community, and has raised over $1,200,000 worth of charitable funds in the tournaments first four years. These funds have been used to send deserving children to college, develop music programs for the under privileged, and for working with the elderly.
The Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com offers activities for golfers, "non-golfers", tourists, locals and families alike. In 2012 we hosted an interactive kids zone and daily concerts for all, as well as a Rum Club and Club Mingle for adults.
In celebration of our 6th anniversary, the 2013 Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com will offer new and exciting entertainment venues for all to enjoy. We are sure that this year's event will once again be the premier sporting event on the island.
Greg Kraft (2008), Michael Bradley (2009-2011), Derek Lamely (2010) & George McNeill (2012) are the four PGA TOUR players who in the past earned the champion's title and trophy. Information about our most recent champion, Scott Brown from Augusta, GA is listed below.
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2013 Puerto Rico Open - Recap
Scott Brown Wins the PR Open
Río Grande, PR (March 10, 2012) - Scott Brown calmly made a four-foot putt on the 18th hole at Trump International Golf Club to set a new tournament record of -20 and notch his first PGA TOUR win at the 2013 Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
"It's a dream come true, something you dream about as a kid," said Brown. "For me, I've been playing golf since I was four or five years old and, obviously, growing up in Augusta, Georgia, I was probably 500 yards from the front gate. So it means a great deal."
Gómez and Brown Lead the Field
Río Grande, PR (March 9, 2012) - Fabián Gómez replaced fellow Argentinean Andrés Romero atop the leaderboard on Saturday, a spot he now shares with American Scott Brown heading into the final round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com at Trump International Golf Club.
Campos Makes the Cut at PR Open
Río Grande, PR (March 8, 2012) - Puerto Rican Rafael Campos also surprised some and delighted many on Friday by becoming the first local player since 2008 to make the cut at the Puerto Rico Open.
Campos, a member of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, shot an opening-round 67 and, at one point, stood at -7 before some struggles left him on the verge of making the cut. At -2 on the 18th, he hit his second shot into the rough but chipped to within a few feet of the cup and birdied to improve to -3. Players at -3 or better made the cut.
Campos is tied for 65th, but hopes he can make a move up the leaderboard.
“Definitely, I want to be in that top 10. I want to be in next week's PGA event,” he said. I know I'm a little bit far behind right now... but six or seven strokes over 36 holes, you know, that's nothing. You can lose two strokes with one bad shot. You can gain a couple strokes with one good shot.”
The other three Puerto Rican players failed to make the cut. Though he shot a solid 71 on Friday, Max Alverio finished at +3. Amateur Edward Figueroa finished +5, while Miguel Suárez ended at +11.
Andrés Romero improved to -14 with a a second consecutive round of 65 to take sole posession of first place midway through the tournament, but Scott Brown (-13) is nipping at his heels after an outstanding 63 on cut day at Trump International Golf Club.
Former world #1 amateur and U.S. Amateur champ Peter Uihlein and PGA TOUR rookie Steve LeBrun share third place at -12 after strong rounds of 65.
Romero, who co-led with Cameron Percy (now tied for 6th place, at -19) after the first day of play, had another outstanding day on the course and now holds the tournament record for best 36-hole start (130). The young Argentinean totaled nine birdies, with a double-bogey on the par-3 8th as the only blemish on his scorecard. Romero had never held the lead at a PGA TOUR event before yesterday and had missed the cut in four of his five tournaments this year before making what's turned out to be a key equipment change.
“What's helped me is going back to my old putter, the Spider with center shaft,” said Romero. “It's really been great for me; I had used that putter for a long time and then after a while I changed it. And then last week I started using it again,” he said, adding that he now feels like he can make any putt.
According to Romero, he also benefited from being grouped with good friends and fellow Latin American stars Camilo Villegas and Ángel Cabrera. “I had a great group with Camilo and 'Pato' Cabrera,” he said. They're actually great company and I think that also helped me play well. It helped me stay calm and very relaxed, and I think having good company has a lot to do with that.”
Indeed, the 2013 Puerto Rico Open is shaping up to have a distinct Latin American flavor. Fellow Argentinean Fabián Gómez shot a bogey-free 64, improving to -11 and rising to 5 th place, while Cabrera is one of nine golfers tied for 6th at -9, making it the first time three Argentineans have graced the top-10 of the PGA TOUR event. Jorge García, a 17-year-old amateur from Venezuela, surprised many by making the cut at -4.
Brown's 63, which matched the tournament record, featured eight birdies, one eagle, and some incredible shots.
“I holed a shot out on 7 from the fairway with a 7-iron... I think I had roughly 170 to the hole,” said Brown, who placed 5th in last year's Puerto Rico Open. “The next par-3, I made like a 50-footer for birdie and then hit it to an inch on 9 and kind of just jump-started my round.”
Defending champion George McNeill's round of -8 allowed him to leap up the leaderboard; from 64th to that pack of players tied for 6th. McNeill's round featured, at one point, six birdies and an eagle in the span of eight holes, success that he attributed to his work on the greens. “I was making putts. I hit it fairly close on some holes and, all in all, I made putts.”
McNeill was grouped with last year's 2nd and 3rd place finishers Ryo Ishikawa and Henrik Stenson, who also improved to -6 and -7, respectively. Some other notable names with solid scores through two rounds include: Patrick Cantlay and Luke Guthrie (-7); Rory Sabbatini (-6); K.J. Choi and Michael Bradley (-5); John Daly and Villegas (-4).
The cut was set at -3, with 77 players making it to the weekend. Some veteran TOUR pros like Stephen Ames, David Duval, and Lee Janzen missed the cut. Kevin Na (back), Eric Axley (hand), and Jeff Overton (back) withdrew mid-round citing injuries.
The third round kicks off on Saturday at 7:10 a.m., with the featured pairing of Romero and Brown last from the 1st tee at 12:50 p.m. Rafael Campos' group will start at 7:44 a.m.
Historic First Round for Campos
Río Grande, PR (March 7, 2012) - Rafael Campos birdied five of his last six holes on his way to shooting a five-under 67 on Thursday, the best round ever put together by a local golfer at the Puerto Rico Open.
Campos, who started on the 10th tee with the last group of the day at Trump International Golf Club, began the day auspiciously with a birdie and remained -1 after playing the back nine. The front nine, however, were another story: Campos shot birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie, birdie, birdie to finish up. The last one was a perfect 15-footer in front of an excited group of local fans on the ninth tee.
“I really needed a good start today, a good first round, which is what I haven’t been able to have the last few years,” said Campos. “I knew if I focused and took it one shot a time the result would be good.”
In the morning, Argentinean Andrés Romero got off to a scorching start and Australian Cameron Percy had an almost perfect finish with his putter, which led both to share the first-round lead.
Romero And Percy carded outstanding rounds of 65 (-7) under favorable conditions. Each player took a decidedly different road to that score: after seven birdies and an eagle, Romero was at -9 before a pair of consecutive bogeys on two of the final three holes, while Percy stood at -3 before birdies on four of his last seven.
Percy needed only 10 putts to close out the back nine. “Well, they were all pretty short, except for on 12,” he said. “I holed about a 25-footer on 12, just a little left-to-righter that was a nice one. The rest of them were all five and six feet.”
For Romero, his work on the greens was also key. “I felt like I couldn't miss and, thank God, I'm putting well again,” said Romero, the highest-ranked Latin American player in the world.
Blayne Barber, the talented American 23-year-old making just his second PGA TOUR start, shares third place at -6 with Monday qualifier Jon Curran.
Ángel Cabrera, who played with his countryman Romero and Colombian Camilo Villegas in a historic grouping of Latin American stars, is tied for 4th after a round of 67 (-5). He shares that spot on the leaderboard with nine other players, including Campos.
Two-time champion Michael Bradley scored -3. Last year's runner up, Ryo Ishikawa, shot -2, as did 17-year-old Venezuelan amateur Jorge García. Defending champion George McNeill is at -1.
Kim Si-Woo, the 17-year-old South Korean phenom making his second PGA TOUR start, shot 79 and withdrew, citing back problems.
The second round begins 7:00 a.m. Friday at Trump International. Campos begins at 8:40 from the first tee.
Generous donation to Cancer Center
Río Grande, PR (March 7, 2012) - The Puerto Rico Open has already contributed over $200,000 to charity this year, and it kept on giving Thursday with a $6,500 donation to the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital's Cancer Center.
The donation, made in conjunction with the Díaz Family, will directly help patients at the Cancer Center. “We will use this money to help patients economically, particularly those who have insurance but don't have enough money to pay high deductibles,” said Fernando Cabanillas, the Center's medical director. “I want to thank the PGA TOUR, the organizers, and especially the Díaz family, which has been a huge supporter.”
Eugenia Mayoral de Díaz highlighted her family's long-time support of the Cancer Center, while Puerto Rico Open chairman Sidney Wolf reaffirmed the tournament and the PGA TOUR's commitment to charity.
“The Puerto Rico Open has donated over $4 million since its inception in 2008, and we will continue to support this and other organizations that do such important work,” said Wolf.
Hole-in-one Hightlights Pro-Am
Río Grande, PR (March 6, 2012) - PGA TOUR veteran John Rollins had the best round of the day among the pros at the Official PGA TOUR Acura Pro-Am, carding an outstanding 63 (-9) that has some thinking he could be a contender this weekend.
Rollins, who previously played and missed the cut at the 2011 Puerto Rico Open, has been off to a great start this year, with four top-25 finishes in five events. Today, he bested Rory Sabbatini by one stroke, while Alexandre Rocha and Graham DaLaet shared third place at -7. McNeill tied for 5th (-6) and Ishikawa was just one stroke behind.
In the morning round of the Pro-Am, Camilo Villegas' (-6) team of Eric Trump, Luis Palazzi, Alejandro Abrams and Puerto Rican baseball legend Iván Rodríguez took home first place with a score of 53. The groups led by Bryce Molder (-4) and John Mallinger (-5) placed second and third with scores of 56.
The big winner, however, was undoubtedly amateur Arturo Morales, who hit a perfect 7- iron to ace the par-3 8th hole and win himself a
brand new Acura TSX. Morales, who has been golfing for over 20 years, said it was the first hole-in-one he has ever hit, and earned him some congratulations from his playing partner, pro Kevin Na.
“I still can't believe it. I'm just really excited and I just want to thank the tournament organizers, the PGA TOUR, and all the sponsors – especially Acura,” said Morales in front of his prize.
In the afternoon section of the Pro-Am, DeLaet's amateur squad of Roberto Schroder, Manuel Vizcarrando, Mike Hendrix, and Mike Pickett won first place with a score of 55. Pros Kevin Chappell and Matt Every led their squads to second and third place with scores of 56.