Most of the golf world was watching the Cadillac Championship in Miami. This tournament did not have the drama, the payout, or the big-name golfers of the Cadillac Championship. However, I think the Puerto Rico Open benefited with a greater international field because of the nearby event and the empty spot on the European Tour.
George McNeill earned his second PGA Tour win. I think George benefited from a field lacking most of the tournaments marquee names. He did earn the victory on his own merit, opening up with an impressive first-round 66. McNeill was able to hold off solid challenges by Ishikawa and Weekley because he built an early lead.
George made a big leap on the FedEx point list, moving up to the 19th place. The victory will likely move him up in the World Rankings, where he was ranked 176th in the world coming into the event. I'm certain his bank account does not mind the $630,000 check for winning the tournament. I think the victory could give George more confidence and lead to more success on the Tour in 2012.
Ryo Ishikawa finished two shots behind McNeill to take second place. Ryo played consistent but fell four strokes behind McNeill in the first round. Ishikawa played well, he just could not catch George. The Japanese golfer was one of the higher ranked golfers in the tournament, coming in ranked 53rd in the world. Ryo should move up following his second-place finish. He was one of four international golfers to finish in the top 10 at the event.
I would not have expected Boo Weekley to finish in the top three at any tournament. However, Boo tied Henrik Stenson for third place. Weekley had an incredible finish, as he scored a 66 in the final round. Boo had saved his best round for last and surprised a lot of people, including myself, with his finish. Boo matched his career-best finish, so I am sure he was happy. He likely will move up in the World Rankings, where he was ranked 618th coming into the golf event. As a fan, it was great to see someone different finish among the leaders.
Henrik Stenson finished with his worst round of the tournament, a 71. I don't think that is the way he wanted to follow up a spectacular third round, where he shot a 65. Stenson was able to salvage a tie for third and will likely move up the World Rankings with the finish. The Swedish golfer came into the event ranked 221st in the world. Sweden was well-represented at the open, as four golfers participated from the Scandinavian country. Luckily, in the third round, he shot an impressive 65 and was able to salvage a tie for third.
Henrik will likely move up from his 221 World Ranking position finishing in the top five. Henrik was one of four Swedish golfers who competed in the tournament.
I am a recreational golfer who has played golf in five states. I have been following the PGA Tour my whole life growing up near Sawgrass the home of the TPC .
- Ryo Ishikawa
- Boo Weekley
- Henrik Stenson
- George McNeill
- PGA Tour