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Best Bets to Win the Puerto Rico Open

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While most of the focus is on the World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship this week, the PGA will also host the Puerto Rico Open at the Coco Beach Golf and Country Club in Rio Grande. This will be the 11th edition of this event after last year’s renewal was postponed due to Hurricane Maria.

A year ago the Puerto Rico Open was an unofficial pro-am event that was won by the team of George McNeill and Cheyenne Woods. When officially designated by the PGA, the Puerto Rico Open has been played opposite another event and this year’s it’s the WGC-Mexico Championship. While this tournament won’t feature as many big names as the event being played in Mexico, there will still be some excellent opportunities to make money betting.

Event Details

Event: Puerto Rico Open

Category: PGA

Date: February 21st-24th, 2018

Location: Coco Beach Golf and Country Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Past Five Winners

2017: D.A. Points -20

2016: Tony Finau -12

2015: Alex Cejka -7

2014: Chesson Hadley -21

2013: Scott Brown -20

Daniel Berger +1250

Berger is listed as the betting favorite to win outright this week for some obvious reasons. First of all, he is the most recognizable name in a relatively weak field with so many of the world’s best playing in Mexico. Second, he is entering this tournament with a sense of urgency after falling out of contention over the past year. Berger has an opportunity to get his career back on track but he’s going to have to do it at a course where he has never played before.

Peter Uihlein +1600

Uihlein has what it takes to contend at this week’s tournament if he can find a way to put it all together for a full four rounds. He’s posted some low rounds, like a 65 at the Desert Classic, a 69 at the Genesis Open and a 63 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. However, he’s typically included some scores in the mid-70’s on those cards too.

Uihlein has put together some strong performances in recent years including a couple of top-six finishes. This could be the place where he breaks through and gets that elusive victory against a weak field.

Graeme McDowell +1600

McDowell is another name that jumps off the page in terms of familiarity heading in to the Puerto Rico Open. McDowell, who is coming off a top-20 finish in his last outing, won the Mayakoba Classic five years ago and should contend against a weak field. The value isn’t particularly outstanding. That said, at +1600 odds McDowell should be a fairly popular betting option for this week’s Puerto Rico Open.

Scott Brown +2500

Brown is one of the most intriguing plays on the board because he is still being talked about among the best bets to win and yet he is still available at a decent price, +2500. Brown, who won this event in 2013 with a 20-under score, has finished in the top-20 in five of his six appearances at this event. That course history makes him a very reasonable choice at 25/1.

Matt Every +2250

Brown might be the best betting option at +2500 but he isn’t the only play on the board worth mentioning in that price range. Every, who is a two-time champion at Bay Hill, has put together some strong results of late, including top-15 finishes at the Country Club de Bogota Championship on the Tour and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. At decent odds, he could be a value option this week.

Sebastian Munoz +5000

One of the interesting aspects of tournaments like the Puerto Rico Open is the fact that the field is so wide open that it’s usually worth it to take a chance on a sleeper pick or two at long odds. Munoz stands out as one of those players that has shown glimpses of late and could be worth a play. He finished in a tie for 10th at the Sony Open in Hawaii and has made the cut in five of his last eight outings. He might be able to put it all together here.

Rafael Campos +4500

Campos is another interesting pick at just shy of 50/1. The first Puerto Rican golfer to win on the Tour, Campos is a local boy that has potential to surprise. The 30-year-old has produced top-10 finishes in each of his last two starts at this course. His strong history at Coco Beach, combined with his outstanding price tag, makes Campos a sneaky good sleeper pick this week.

Odds To Win 2019 Puerto Rico Open

Daniel Berger +1250

Peter Uihlein +1550

Graeme McDowell +1650

Scott Brown +2050

Aaron Baddeley +2050

Matt Every +2250

Charl Schwartzel +2550

Corey Conners +2550

Sam Horsfield +3250

Ollie Schniederjans +3250

Nate Lashley +3250

Roberto Castro +3250

Sang Moon Bae +3550

Matt Jones +3550

Retief Goosen +4050

Chris Kirk +4050

Cameron Davis +4050

Jonathan Byrd +4050

Dominic Bozzelli +4050

Fabian Gomez +4050

Robert Streb +4050

Kramer Hickok +4550

Hank Lebioda +4550

Rafael Campos +4550

David Heam +5050

Fredrik Jacobson +7050

Ryan Blaum +5050

Written by Geoff Harvey

Geoff Harvey has been creating odds and betting models since his days in the womb, just don't ask him how he used to get his injury reports back then. Harvey contributes a wealth of quality and informational content that is a valuable resource for any handicapper.

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