Puerto Rico Open Concludes

During a historic week of massive waves and Easter reflection, the inaugural Professional Golf Association's (PGA) sanctioned Puerto Rico Open came to an end. And while Bo Van Pelt had led through three rounds of championship golf, Greg Kraft emerged victorious after playing a final round of two under par golf. Kraft finished the tournament with a score of 274, 14 below par. This was the first PGA victory for Kraft, who has returned to play after struggling with cancer. For his effort Kraft will receive $630,000, more than he has won on tour since 2003 combined.

The tournament was played at the newly christened Trump International Golf Club, formerly the Coco Beach Golf Club. This was the first time that the PGA has sanctioned a major tournament in Puerto Rico, and despite coinciding with Holy Week, the event was able to draw over 70,000 spectators during the four day event.

The awards ceremony took place on the 18th hole of the championship course. Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila handed the crystal trophy to Kraft amongst Ingrid Rivera, Miss Puerto Rico Universe, vejigantes, and pleneros.

Of the four Puerto Ricans competing in the tournament, Miguel Suarez led the field with a 1 over par 289, 15 strokes behind the leader. Suarez was the only Puerto Rican to qualify for the last round. He walks away with $7,350 for 61st place. The rest of the Puerto Ricans finished as follows:

  • 76. Wilfredo Morales 218 (3 days, 2 over-par) $6,545
  • 78. Rafael Campos (amateur) 219 3-over-par
  • Max Alverio 151, 7-over-par, did not make the initial cut.