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Chesson Hadley earned his maiden PGA TOUR victory at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open and returns for a chance to defend this week.

Hadley arrived at the course this week only to find his locker-room name plate misspelled. Perhaps a telling sign that it takes more than a win at the Puerto Rico Open to earn household name recognition. After starting the season with five missed cuts in 10 starts, Hadley will enjoy a trip back to this favorable venue and the opportunity to play against a weaker field. Gamers should consider him one of the favorites this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 10:08 PM

Cameron Percy readies for his 10th start of the season at this week's Puerto Rico Open.

Percy is entering the week off back-to-back top 60s after four straight missed cuts had him slumping. He finished T14 during his last trip to Puerto Rico, back in 2013. Overall, he is 3-for-3 at the Puerto Rico Open. Arriving this week ranked 161st, this could be a nice spot for the Aussie to collect some easy FEC points.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 9:51 PM

Stephen Ames will make his first start of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season at this week's Puerto Rico Open.

Ames finished in a share of third in his 2011 PRO debut but hasn't found the top 50 in three trips since. He posted a 6-for-18 record last season and hasn't found a top 10 since the 2011 FedEx St. Jude Classic. Ames can always thrust himself into contention with his putter but his tee-to-green game doesn't always cooperate.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 9:28 PM

Mathias Grönberg makes his way back to the Puerto Rico Open after a four-year recess.

Grönberg makes his way into the field via sponsor exemption this week. The former PGA TOUR member has played in just three TOUR events since the start of 2010. The Swede has missed 14 of his last 22 cuts on the Web.com Tour and arrives as a long shot this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 9:19 PM

Brendon de Jonge has three top-15 finishes in four tries at the Puerto Rico Open and returns this week.

de Jonge skipped this event in 2014, but before that he made each of his four cuts with a T3 in 2010 the obvious highlight. It is well documented that he has never won on the PGA TOUR. The longer that stretches out, the harder it is to envision him hoisting the hardware. With that established, an opposite-field event like this one offers one of the better opportunities for him to break through.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 8:35 PM

Jonathan Byrd returns to Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico for his third Puerto Rico Open.

The veteran has fared well on his first two trips, tying for 13th in 2009 before returning with a T12 in 2014. He possesses only conditional status in 2014-15, so his starts have been few and far between. He last popped up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he tied for 65th.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 8:31 PM

Steven Alker is set for his first Puerto Rico Open this week.

This will go in the books as Alker's 10th PGA TOUR start of the season, with three of the first nine resulting in weekend tee times. He's made just one of his last six cuts, tying for 59th in the Humana Challenge. There is little reason to invest in him at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 8:27 PM

Zack Sucher turns his attention towards the Puerto Rico Open for his first look at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico.

The rookie has struggled in 2014-15, missing six of his seven cuts. The only payday came at the Farmers Insurance Open, resulting in a 73rd finish that included three rounds of 76 or higher. It doesn't take a veteran tipster to assess that his chances aren't that good this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 8:23 PM

Chris DiMarco makes his way back to the Puerto Rico Open for the fifth time.

The Florida Gator has made three of his four cuts at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico, with a T11 in 2011 the best. Playing with only Past Champion status, this is his third start of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season and first in the 2015 portion of the schedule. He missed the cut in The McGladrey Classic and Sanderson Farms Championship.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 8:18 PM

Mark Calcavecchia returns to Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico for his second Puerto Rico Open.

His only other venture to this event resulted in a T24 in 2010. The Champion's Tour member has only Past Champion Status, so expectations should not be all that high. He last made the cut in a PGA TOUR event last year in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, finishing in a tie for 34th.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 8:14 PM

Skip Kendall readies for his first PGA TOUR start of the 2014-15 season in this week's Puerto Rico Open.

Kendall's only 2015 start came on the Champions Tour at the Allianz Championship, where he tied for 32nd. He turned 50 on September 9th of 2014, so expect his focus to be on that circuit. He holds only Veteran Member status on the PGA TOUR. This his his fourth trip to Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico, with a T17 in 2010 the highlight.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 3 - 8:08 PM

It's not often that the World No. 297 is the subject of extra scrutiny but Steve Webster finds himself in that position this week.

In a statistical quirk that may never be matched, the last two winners on the PGA TOUR had both been ranked 297th ahead of their victories. James Hahn held that position before landing the Northern Trust Open in California and Padraig Harrington made it an unlikely double for the 297 club by lifting the trophy in last week's Honda Classic. Webster holds that ranking after the latest update and isn't without a chance of making 297 the magic number for the third week running when he takes on a weak field in the Africa Open at East London. The Englishman was T12 in Qatar in January and showed up strongly in last week's Joburg Open when T2 with a round to go before finishing T18.
Mar 3 - 7:13 PM

England's Tom Lewis returns to East London GC for a second start in this week's Africa Open.

The youngster looks to be rounding into some decent form after back-to-back top 25s on his two most recent European Tour starts. They came courtesy of a T25 in the True Thailand Classic and a T24 in last week's Joburg Open when he broke par in all four rounds. Lewis missed the cut on his one appearance in this event in 2013 but is 4-for-5 on the European Tour this season and has a good chance to get into contention here against a modest field.
Mar 3 - 7:02 PM

Scott Jamieson captured his only European Tour title in South Africa and will try to make another title challenge there this week.

Jamieson lines up in this week's Africa Open at East London GC having made seven of his last eight cuts worldwide but he hasn't bettered T39 in any of them. And with just four rounds in the 60s in his last 30 laps he's not been seen on any weekend leaderboards. South Africa holds happy memories, however, as he landed the Nelson Mandela Championship in 2012 and was also runner-up in the Volvo Champions a month later. He crashed out at halfway in this event on his only appearance in 2011 after shooting an 82 in the second round.
Mar 3 - 6:56 PM

The planets look aligned for Richard Bland to show up strongly in this week's Africa Open at East London Golf Club.

Bland shot a pair of 64s on the way to a fifth place finish in this tournament last year while he was T18 on his only other appearance in 2012. He'll return to the South African venue on the back of two top 20s. The Englishman was T11 in the Malaysian Open and T18 in last week's Joburg Open. He sits 65th in the current Race to Dubai standings which, coincidentally, matches his best ever finish on the European Tour's money race. That came back in 2010.
Mar 3 - 6:46 PM


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