An alternate PGA Tour field is in Rio Grande this week for the Puerto Rico Open. The tournament runs alongside the marquee WGC-Workday Championship, which has all of golf’s biggest names in attendance. Below, we’ll look for the best value bets in the 2021 Puerto Rico Open odds, with tournament matchups, placings and other PGA Tour prop bet predictions.
Ian Poulter (-135) vs. Matt Wallace
The two biggest names in this week’s field are two Englishmen coming over from the European Tour. Wallace has four wins on his home circuit with three coming in 2018, but none on the PGA Tour. Poulter has three career PGA Tour wins and 12 on the Euro Tour but has won only the 2018 Houston Open since 2012.
Poulter has an edge in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings at No. 51 to Wallace’s No. 76, and he has made two past appearances at Grand Reserve Country Club, while Wallace makes his debut.
Thomas Pieters vs. Byeong Hun An (-110)
Both An and Pieters are making their debut in this event. Both are notoriously poor putters in search of their first PGA Tour victories, but Pieters has four wins on the Euro Tour.
Pieters excels off-the-tee, while An has the superior approach game with 0.60 Strokes Gained: Approach on the 2020-21 season. He’s also better around-the-green, and those are the more important stats for this venue.
Top 5: Will Gordon (+800)
Gordon has been largely unimpressive since a surprising T-3 finish in a strong field at last year’s Travelers Championship. This will be the weakest field he has played in since, and he tied for 20th in this event last season. He’s gaining strokes off-the-tee and on the greens for the 2020-21 season.
Top 10: Scott Brown (+450)
Brown’s 32 career rounds played at Grand Reserve CC are tied for the second-most in this week’s field, and he has averaged 0.55 strokes gained on the field in those appearances.
His lone PGA Tour win to date came at this event in 2013. He also tied for 10th in 2019 and his experience is a big edge in the weak field.
Josh Teater (+5000)
Teater finished as the runner-up to Viktor Hovland last year and gave an emotional concession speech after watching Hovland claim victory from the clubhouse. With Hovland graduating to the WGC event, the 41-year-old veteran has a shot for his first pro win since the 2009 Utah Championship on the Nationwide Tour.
He’s a frequent contender in these alternate-field events and should come out with a hot start before the bigger names in the field round into form.
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