Starts: 3rd March 2022
Course: Grand Reserve GC, Puerto Rico
2021 Champion: Branden Grace
Designer: Tom Kite
Hosted since: 2008
Course type: Coastal
Rough: Minimal (2 inches)
Greens: Paspalum, 11 on the Stimp
Water Hazards: Nine holes
Par 5's: 2nd, 5th, 15th and 18th
Premium on: Greens in Regulation
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
Available week of the tournament.
2015 and 2016 were -7 and -12, but the last four events have been between -15 and -20.
World Ranking of recent winners has been 147-100-285-626-103-285-92-291 (most recent first)
Look at other coastal events like the Mayakoba Classic, Bermuda Championship and the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.
Five of the last seven winners were course debutants so course experience isn't important. However, since 2010, every winner who wasn't a debutant had previously posted a top 13 finish prior to winning.
Look for results at Pebble Beach, seven of the last eight winners had made the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier that year.
Since this became a PGA Tour event in 2008, we have had 10 winners from the USA, two from Europe and one South African.
There are no Strokes Gained statistics at the Puerto Rico Open so we revert to traditional stats.
The last five winners have ranked 56-23-62-1-22.
The last five winners have ranked 49-16-11-81-6. Distance an advantage but not essential.
Greens in Regulation
The last five winners have ranked 3-8-4-1-14. Hitting Greens is the key to success.
Putts Per GIR
The last five winners have ranked 29-3-3-11-54. An ability to putt Paspalum greens is beneficial.
The 1st and 14th have ranked inside the top three hardest holes in each of the last two years.
The 2nd, 5th and 18th play as the easiest.
The 17th and 18th offer birdie opportunities, ranking stroke index 15 and 16 last year.
Fast or Slow Start
The last four winners have all been within 5 shots after round 1 one. Three of the last four have been within four.