WHILE all the big guys are either taking a rest or playing in the Dell Technologies the others are in the Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
Although this is its third year this is the first time it has been sanctioned as a PGA Tour event. Lying beside the coast it is a 7600-yard, par 72, and although it’s long the ball flies quite a bit.
Scoring will probably be made on the front nine, while the back nine runs along the coast.
One man stands out for the this tournament and it’s Emiliano Grillo. I’ve followed the Argentine since I tipped him when he won his first tournament (Frys.com) on the PGA Tour.
He’s had a couple of top 10s this season, one at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, which is not unlike the Corales Puntacana course.
Earlier this month Grillo was leading at the Indian Open going into the third round. Unfortunately two double bogeys and four bogeys in his six-over 78 put paid to his chances.
However, it looks like his game is quite solid apart from that blip and this week could be his chance to get back up the rankings.
I’m going out on a limb for my second selection Rafael Campos. The Puerto Rican came to the fore last year after playing the Latinoamerica Tour for a few years.
He finish 10th in his local Puerto Rico Open which gave him a start on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open. He was again in contention for a while before finishing in seventh position. That was followed by a 32nd at the Heritage before returning to the Web.com Tour for a second time.
He was third in the Bahamas and second at the Panama Championship. Might be worth a small wager.
- 1.5pts ew Emiliano Grillo (Coral, 12-1 – 7 places)
- 1.5pts ew Rafael Campos (Betfair, 50-1 – 7 places)