Puntacana Championship 2021 PGA Tour Preview
Monday, May 17th, 2021
The PGA Tour takes place in the Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Championship 2021. This event is an opposing field competition with most of the Tour’s top players competing in the WGC Match Play in Austin, TX. Hudson Swafford returns as defending champions after shooting -18 September after the championship declined due to the coronavirus. To win this event, he must make a lot of birdies, with the last five winners averaging nearly 20 below their par.
The Favorites – (Charlie Hoffman +1800, Emiliano Grillo +1800)
Charlie Hoffman is rounding into form after a T-17 at The Players two weeks ago. Hoffman’s game has been consistent in recent weeks, and the veteran finished in a tie for 14th at this event last fall.
Emiliano Grillo has posted three top-25 finishes in three of his last five starts. Grillo also fared well at this tournament last fall, finishing T21. The Argentian ranks 3rd in greens in regulation percentage among all golfers.
The Value – (Jhonattan Vegas +3000, Nate Lashley +3500, Justin Suh +4500)
Vegas finished solo 2nd at the Puerto Rico Open in February before making a pair of cuts at The Players and Honda. The Venezuelan ranks T47 in birdie average, which is needed to walk away with a victory.
Lashley has been playing consistent golf lately, making five-straight cuts. Lashley finished solo 4th here in the fall and added a solo 5th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. Closed out with a final round of 68 on Sunday at the Honda.
Suh was another player that had success here in the fall, finishing T14 after a Sunday round of 73 (+1). Another low scorer, Suh, ranks 19th in birdie average.
The Darkhorse – (Hudson Swafford +9000, Camilo Villegas +9000, MJ Daffue +17500)
Swafford, the defending champion, returns to Corales to defend his title. The Florida native will need to find his mojo, having missed the cut in five consecutive events. His best finish since the victory was a T25 at the Sony Open.
Villegas is coming off a T8 at the Honda to notch his second top 10 this season. The former Florida Gator registered a T6 at the RSM Classic in the fall swing. This will be the first time Villegas is playing in this tournament.
Daffue is a Monday qualifying legend. Currently without his card, the South African has notched two mad cuts this season, highlighted by a T12 at the Sanderson Farms Championship in the fall.
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