fbpx
PGA Tour preview: Puerto Rico Open TV times and betting tips

PGA Tour preview: Puerto Rico Open TV times and betting tips

While the cream of the crop compete at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the rest of the PGA Tour will be in Caribbean. Barry Plummer has everything you need to know
 

With many of the big names being drawn to the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week, the Puerto Rico Open represents a great opportunity for one player to secure a PGA Tour title and receive all the playing rights that come with that. With a few surprise names in the field, I have studied the form closely and picked out three players who I think can challenge this week. But before I get into my free betting tips…

Puerto Rico Open: The details

Venue: Grand Reserve Country Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Dates: February 25-28, 2021

Course stats: Par 72; 7,506 yards.

Course summary: This Tom Kite design is a flat, wind-exposed track with water in play on 13 holes. Paspalum fairways weave toward average-sized greens, with solid approach play required to find the putting surface. Four par-5 holes will be a welcome sight for players if the wind plays ball, so don’t be surprised if we get a low scoring affair.

Purse: $3,700,000

Last year’s champion: Branden Grace (-19)

Puerto Rico Open golf betting tips

Bazza’s Banker: Rafa Cabrera-Bello – 2pt win @ 25/1 with Bet365

Cabrera-Bello arrives in Puerto Rico after a solid stint in the desert on the DP World Tour, with a second place finish at Abu Dhabi Championship the obvious highlight. That recent experience on exposed, windy tracks will be invaluable here and with his pedigree I can’t see how he isn’t favourite for this event.

Cabrera-Bello has some impressive form in this event, finishing 10th and 24th in two visits. The Spaniard also won recently at the Open De Espana in Madrid – just eight starts ago in fact. With the strength of field on show this week, I can’t see many matching an in-form RCB.

The Each-Way Play: Satoshi Kodaira – 1pt e/w @ 60/1 with Bet365

Kodaira has had a strong start to the 2021-2022 PGA Tour season, with three out of four cuts made and an impressive T12 finish. An opening 78 took him out of the mix at the Honda Classic last time out, but a solid recovery round of 70 on day two demonstrated his ability to bounce back.

Kodaira currently ranks 1st for proximity to the hole on the PGA Tour, and also ranks in the top-10 for fairway proximity and a multitude of approach-to-the-green metrics from inside 200 yards. That suggests to me that ball striking is not an issue, and that he feels comfortable with the lower irons and wedges in hand. That will be important here, with a few short par-4 holes, so this selection looks to pack plenty of value on that basis.

The Long(er) shot: Josh Teater – 0.5pt e/w @ 66/1 with Bet365

Teater has made the cut for the long shot selection based on his ability to play similar windy coastal courses. Teater was 22nd in last year’s event, but dazzled in 2020 when runner-up by just one shot to Viktor Hovland.

In 2019, Teater was 11th at the Bermuda Championship on a similar track and despite missing the cut this year did open with a 66. Teater has also made the cut and finished in the top-5 at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, so at a big price I am banking on him finding his form on familiar ground.

For more prices, visit the Bet365 website.

Subscribe to NCG

Latest Posts

golf betting tips

Betting Tips

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Betting Tips

Read full article - AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Betting Tips
Sentry Tournament of Champions best bets

Betting Tips

Our hopes in Hawaii! Sentry Tournament of Champions best bets

Read full article - Our hopes in Hawaii! Sentry Tournament of Champions best bets
dp world tour championship betting

Betting Tips

DP World Tour Championship betting: Who will win the finale in Dubai?

Read full article - DP World Tour Championship betting: Who will win the finale in Dubai?
Ryder Cup betting

Betting Tips

Ryder Cup betting: What are the best markets this week?

Read full article - Ryder Cup betting: What are the best markets this week?
bryson dechambeau ryder cup

Betting Tips

US Open betting tips

Read full article - US Open betting tips
scandinavian mixed betting

Betting Tips

Scandinavian Mixed betting tips

Read full article - Scandinavian Mixed betting tips
Dubai Desert Classic golf betting tips

Betting Tips

RBC Canadian Open betting tips

Read full article - RBC Canadian Open betting tips
memorial tournament betting

Betting Tips

Memorial Tournament betting tips

Read full article - Memorial Tournament betting tips
porsche european open betting tips

Betting Tips

Porsche European Open betting tips

Read full article - Porsche European Open betting tips