The Puerto Rico Open is upon us with $3,000,000 on the line and some of the most accomplished names in European golf all trickling in. Trainer is returning to defend his 2019 title and Ian Poulter is bringing a solid experience with himself.
2020 Puerto Rico Open Overview
Coming on February 20, the Puerto Rico Open is the next big PGA Tour event that comes with a hefty $3,000,000 purse and a field of some of the best golfers in the recent history of the game. Featuring 120 players, the defending champion Martin Trainer will be returning for another shot at the title, although if you trust sportsbooks, his odds are posted at the rather long (+12500).
Indeed, Trainer’s one-time miracle at the Puerto Rico Open hasn’t been backed up by a recent victory and therefore the majority of analysts are skeptical whether he can repeat last year’s feat. Let’s have a look at the available odds and the top ten contenders as per the bookies’ latest forecasts.
Puerto Rico Open Odds to Win
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*Odds updated February 18.
Where to Watch Puerto Rico Open?
- Golf Channel
- 10:30 am – 1:30 pm EST
Everyone who wants to watch the Puerto Rico Open and cannot attend in person is welcome to tune in to the Golf Channel’s coverage of the event.
Hovland in the Lead, Can He Make It Count?
Viktor Hovland is the ambitious pick that bookies have chosen to back up this year ahead of the Puerto Rico Open tee-off. Whether that stands to scrutiny is a matter of days to put to a test. Hovland himself has a very simple motto – “you just have to play good golf, that’s it”.
Hovland is definitely known for his confidence and ability to cause a small media storm. In 2018 he was asked what he thought about following in the footsteps of legends such as Woods and Nicklaus to which he simply responded with “Tiger who?”.
Yet, arrogance has to be earned. Hovland is a young prospect who turned professional at the 2019 U.S. Open and debuted in the 2019 Travelers Championship. His name is yet to make a big buzz in the world of golf and while he seems to be in a good form, putting him in the leadership position may be a little premature.
VegasOdds.com definitely likes Hovland, though. Despite his alleged quippy remark to the Tiger Woods question – which is not offensive to begin with – he seems to be a very good-natured player and sports person who really enjoys playing, and that is what gives him the makings of a future champion.
Old Timers and Underdogs
One of the other names to watch out for is certainly Ian Poulter. Already 44, he has quite a bit of experience doing what he loves. With 12 European Tour wins to his name, he is one of the most skilled contestants to enter the field on Thursday.
He even faced off Jason Dufner and Phil Mickelson in the past, defeating them both in the WGC-HSBC Championship back in 2012.
Image credit: PGA Tour official Puerto Rico Open Overview video