Hot PGA Picks for The Puerto Rico Open 2021

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The best golfers in the world will be in Florida for the WGC-Workday Championship this week. But while they are there, plenty of capable golfers from the Korn Ferry Tour and the European Tour will join PGA Tour regulars who did not qualify for the limited-field WGC event at Coco Beach for the Puerto Rico Open. The Puerto Rico Open has seen many up-and-coming golfers experience time in the spotlight early in their careers throughout the years.

With the likes of Tony Finau and Viktor Hovland securing victories and others such as Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger and Jason Day all earning runner-up finishes at this event.

Course Breakdown and Weather
Coco Beach is roughly a 7,500-yard, par-72 layout that looks long on paper. Yet plenty of short hitters have had success at this venue over the years. While Hovland and Finau fit the mold of bombers that have won here, Chesson Hadley won here back in 2014 and he is far from a long hitter. The course features short rough and wide fairways, so as long as the golfers stay out of the water hazards, it is not hard to score well. The wind is not supposed to be a huge factor this weekend, but it can pick up at any time and make this course play immensely more difficult.

The Favorites

The top of the odds board features many top European Tour golfers with Thomas Pieters (+1400), Emiliano Grillo (+1600), Matt Wallace (+1600), Branden Grace (+1800) and Byeong-Hun An (+2000) among those on the long list.

Grillo has experience at this course, finishing second and third, respectively, in his last two starts at Coco Beach. Veteran Ian Poulter (+1800) is another favorite who has experience here with a third-place finish in 2016. Poulter has struggled recently, though, making Grillo the favorite to bet on this week. This event is likely to feature a winner from longer odds, meaning it makes sense to limit the amount of bets placed on those near the top of the odds board.

The Pick: Emiliano Grillo (+1600)

Best Value Plays

The first bet to make in the middle tier is 2019 SEC Player of the Year Will Gordon (+4000). Gordon finished 21st at Pebble Beach recently, and he has had some other decent showings in PGA Tour events with the big boys.

This tournament has a history of having young talent in contention late and there is no doubt that Gordon will be a PGA Tour golfer for the next decade, so at 40-1 he is a must-bet to get his first Tour win.

A large swatch of the golfers who make up this portion of the odds board comes from the Korn Ferry Tour and that leads us to the next bet with Davis Riley at +5000. Riley had two victories on the Korn Ferry Tour last season and finds himself in contention more often than not. Riley is just as talented as every golfer in the field when he is in rhythm and at 50-1 he is worth a bet.

The Picks: Will Gordon (+4000); Davis Riley (+5000)

The Longshots and Other Plays

Unlike the WGC event this week, this tournament is loaded with potential longshot winners. The first name to look in this category is someone with experience on the PGA Tour and that is Beau Hossler (+8000). Hossler has two second-place finishes on Tour to go along with six top-10 finishes in his career.

Hossler has been in contention against stronger fields than this so he will not be fazed if he finds himself in contention.

The next name to look at is Chase Seiffert (+10000), who graduated from the Korn Ferry Tour back in 2019 and has collected two top-10 finishes on the Tour. Seiffert appears to have an abundance of talent, but has often been unable to put it together for four straight rounds. The Puerto Rico Open is the perfect place to make a 100-1 bet on a golfer who has plenty of talent, but has often fallen short when in contention. Seiffert and Hossler are the two longshots with the best chance to hoist the trophy late Sunday afternoon.

The Picks: Beau Hossler (+8000); Chase Seiffert (+10000)

*Odds courtesy of Bovada

Joe Menzer / Author

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