First Look at The Puerto Rico Open

By Carl Conrad
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The WGC Cadillac Championship isn’t the only show in town this week, as those that didn’t qualify to play at Doral will be teeing it up at the Puerto Rico Open. There’s still a lot on the line in Puerto Rico, including a $3.5 million purse, $630,000 top prize and 300 FedEx Cup points. This event is going to give a lot of the young guns in the world of golf a chance to shine.

Those golfers outside of the top 50 in the world who were not able to otherwise qualify for the WGC event this week will be battling at Trump Inernational GC – Puerto Rico. There are still some big names taking place in this event in addition to the budding stars trying to make their mark. K.J. Choi and Charlie Beljan are the highest ranked golfers in a field that also boasts Paul Casey, John Daly, David Duval and Justin Leonard.

Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein, Jordan Spieth and 17 year old Si Woo Kim are by far the most notable youngsters taking part in this event. Kim, as you may remember, earned his PGA Tour card after he tied for 20th at the qualifying finals, but cannot take part as a member of the Tour until he turns 18 in June. This is his second event playing on a sponsor exemption.

I like Ryo Ishikawa to pull out a win this week. He was on the precipice of victory last year until George McNeill carded three consecutive birdies late in his round to edge out Ishikawa by two strokes.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.



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