Sport 2021 Puerto Rico Open fantasy golf power rankings

19:37  24 february  2021
19:37  24 february  2021 Source:   golfweek.com

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While the world’s top golfers are in Florida for the WGC-Workday Championship, an alternate field will compete in the Puerto Rico Open at Grand Reserve Country Club in Rio Grande. Below, we look at the fantasy golf power rankings and odds for the 2021 Puerto Rico Open.

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The tournament carries a $3 million purse and 300 FedEx Cup points. Defending champion Viktor Hovland has graduated to the WGC event, leaving a stable of PGA Tour veterans, European Tour regulars and Korn Ferry Tour up-and-comers looking for a breakthrough win. Lee Hodges is the top-ranked golfer in attendance at No. 48 in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings.

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Puerto Rico Open fantasy golf rankings

20. Ollie Schniederjans (+3500)

Once ranked as high as 77th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Schniederjans comes in at No. 289 this week. He has been playing primarily on the Korn Ferry Tour the last two years but flashed with a third-place finish against a weak field at the Bermuda Championship in the fall swing.

19. Roger Sloan (+5000)

The Canadian isn’t a strong putter, but he’s a good ball-striker who’s averaging 0.64 Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green through 18 measured rounds on the 2020-21 season.

18. Cameron Percy (+5000)

After opening 2021 with a missed cut at The American Express, Percy tied for 48th against an elite field at the Farmers Insurance Open and then finished T-21 against a middling field at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He’s a safe bet to see the weekend.

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17. Scott Brown (+5000)

Won this event in 2013 as his only PGA Tour title to date. He tied for 67th here last year and for 10th in 2019. His 32 rounds played at Grand Reserve CC are second in this field.

16. Kristoffer Ventura (+5000)

A two-time winner on the KFT looking to become the latest to graduate with a PGA Tour win in an alternate-field event. He’s a top putter in this field.

15. Lee Hodges (+4000)

As noted above, Hodges is the top golfer in the Golfweek rankings coming off a T-7 finish at the LECOM Suncoast Classic last week. The 25-year-old scooped up his first KFT win last year and will play his first PGA Tour event since a missed cut at the 2020 US Open.

14. Davis Riley (+5000)

Opened his 2021 schedule with a T-58 finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and a missed cut against a weak field at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am before returning to the KFT for a T-23 finish at the LECOM Classic. Won twice on the KFT in 2020.

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13. Will Gordon (+4000)

Tied for 20th at minus-11 in his debut at this event last year. His short game has been a weakness this season, but he’s gaining strokes with the flat stick.

12. Patrick Rodgers (+3000)

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His T-12 finish last week at the Genesis Invitational was the best of anyone in this field against much stiffer competition. He averaged 1.80 SG: Putting per round for the week.

11. Andrew Putnam (+2500)

Tied for 32nd last week with a strong putting performance and 0.45 SG: Off-the-Tee per round. He tied for seventh at the Phoenix Open against strong competition.

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10. Lucas Glover (+3300)

The former major winner has slipped to 136th in the OWGR with only one top-10 finish since the beginning of 2020. Still, his resume is nearly unmatched in this watered-down field.

9. Tom Lewis (+2800)

One of the top Englishmen in this week’s field, Lewis tied for 14th at Pebble Beach. He debuted here last year but missed the cut at plus-5.

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8. Branden Grace (+2000)

After finishing his 2020 schedule with a T-8 finish at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, Grace opened 2021 with a missed cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii before a T-34 at Pebble Beach and a quality T-20 finish last week. He averaged 1.04 SG: Approach per round.

7. Justin Suh (+3300)

The former top-ranked amateur remains winless on all pro circuits, but he made the cut in four of his last five PGA Tour events. He’s an excellent putter and has a strong approach game.

6. Taylor Pendrith (+2500)

At No. 73 in the Golfweek rankings, Pendrith is one of the top-ranked golfers in attendance. He won twice on the Canadian tour in 2019 and had four runner-up finishes on the KFT last year.

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5. Byeong Hun An (+1600)

Hun An remains in search of his first PGA Tour victory but continues to struggle with the putter. He’s averaging 0.60 SG: Approach and 0.52 SG: Around-the-Green through 24 measured rounds but loses an average of 1.23 strokes per round with the flat stick.

4. Thomas Pieters (+1600)

Enters the week 74th in the OWGR following a T-10 finish at the Saudi International. He’s strong off-the-tee and just needs to be average with the putter against this field.

3. Emiliano Grillo (+1400)

This week’s betting favorite is yet another of the top contenders who frequently struggles on the greens. He had four top-10 finishes in 2020, including a T-3 in this event.

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2. Matt Wallace (+1800)

Slipped out of the top 50 of the OWGR with a missed cut at the Saudi International and lost his spot at the WGC event. He’ll debut in Puerto Rico with 10 professional wins.

1. Ian Poulter (+1600)

The most recognizable name in the field will play this event for the first time since missing the cut in 2017, but he tied for third in 2016 when it was won by Tony Finau. He’s averaging 0.40 SG: Around-the-Green this season.

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