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Sam Eaton studies the Puerto Rico Open and gives his expert picks on this week's event

Due to the WGC Workday Championship going on over in Florida, there’s a fairly weak field heading over to play the Puerto Rico Open. The Puerto Rico Open has traditionally had a substandard PGA Tour field, and has historically been dramatically impacted by the wind. Below you will find the latest 2021 Puerto Rico Open odds and our PGA Tour picks and predictions for the week.

Puerto Rico Open Course

The Puerto Rico Open is being played at the Grand Reserve Country Club in Rio Grande for the 13th time in 14 years. The Tom Kite course is 7,506 yards long and features SeaDwarf Paspalum greens.

Scoring can be pretty low if the wind remains calm, but also can be a real test on PGA Tour players control.

Driving distance and ball striking will be of benefit on this long course, and scoring on par 5’s will be the difference on Sunday.

Puerto Rico Open Odds

Below you will find the top ten favorites in the Puerto Rico Open odds market:

1Odds to win the Puerto Rico Open% Implied probability of winning
Ian Poulter+16005.9%
Thomas Pieters+16005.9%
Brandan Grace+18005.3%
Emiliano Grillo+18005.3%
Matt Wallace+18005.3%
Byeong Hun An+20004.8%
Andrew Putnam+25003.8%
Brandon Wu+28003.4%
Tom Lewis+28003.4%
Patrick Rodgers+29003.3%

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Puerto Rico Open Picks: PGA Tour Betting Predictions

As 2020 and 2016 showed when Viktor Hovland and Tony Fianu won this event, focusing on quality in this event can payoff. Therefore I’ve opted with a split approach, taking a couple at the top of the market, and then a couple of bigger price players.

Matt Wallace to win the Puerto Rico Open +1800 (1 unit) with 888 Sport

Matt Wallace’s form has been pretty up and down this season, he finished T7 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January, but then missed the cut two weeks later at the Saudi International.

However, in the last six months he’s one of the leading players in this field in terms of par 5 scoring, approach play and greens in regulation.

Wallace has also performed well on the European Tour in event normally dictated by the wind.

Emiliano Grillo to win the Puerto Rico Open +1800 (1 unit) with Unibet

Another player near the top of the market, but another player who has played some tidy golf in the last few months. Grillo missed the cut at the Genesis last week, but given a lot of the big names did, this isn’t a concern. He finished T8 at the Mayakoba, and had a top twenty finish at the RSM.

Like Wallace, Grillo’s not a short hitter but he’s not best known for distance off the tee, however, he’s a solid iron player. Grillo’s par four scoring will also suit the distance of a lot at this course.

Another positive for Grillo is his course history, he’s had two top five finishes in his four starts at the Puerto Rico Open.

Kramer Hickok to win the Puerto Rico Open +5500 (1 unit) with Bet America

Kramer Hickok is another you’d expect to take advantage of these par 5’s, and has a game built of gaining shots off the tee. Hickok gains shots on the field when the wind picks up, which could be a bonus here over the weekend.

Hickok has missed the last two cuts, his putter was off at the Pro-am, and he just had a couple of days to forget at the Farmers. Before that he was on a good run with two top 21 finishes on the PGA Tour, and a couple of events before that he finished 8th at the Mayakoba.

Chase Seiffert to win the Puerto Rico Open +8000 (1 unit) with FanDuel

I expected Chase Seiffert to kick-on with his career following his display at the Workday, where he took on the likes of Morikawa, Thomas and Hovland. However, he’s been very inconsistent since.

Seiffert finished 12th at the Amex, and had a good competition at the Sanderson Farms, but his record has been littered with missed cuts.

He’s shown he can compete with some of the best on the PGA Tour, and his odds look way over against this field.

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Puerto Rico Open Past Winners

2020 – Viktor Hovland

2019 – Martin Trainer

2017 – D.A Points

2016 – Tony Finau

2015 – Alex Cejka

Puerto Rico Open Predictions & DraftKings Picks

High-end values:

Matt Wallace $10,800

Emiliano Grillo $10,600

Second-level values:

Tom Lewis $9,500

Lucas Glover $8,700

Brandon Hagy $7,800

Mid-level values:

Chase Seiffer $7,300

Kramer Hickock $7,500

Rob Oppenheim $7,100

Scrub values:

Nelson Ledesma $6,600

Johnson Wagner $6,700


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