The PGA Tour's "challengers" head to the Dominican Republic this week for the Corales Puntacana Championship, a tournament that offers a chance for some lesser-known players to shine while most of the top stars compete at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
The Corales Puntacana Championship is played at the Corales Golf Course, a par-72 layout that stretches to 7,670 yards, making it the third-longest course on Tour. The course is located on the coast of Punta Cana, a popular resort destination known for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters.
The course features wide fairways, massive bunkers, and paspalum grass throughout. The wind is usually a factor here, as well as the length of some holes. The 18th hole is a 501-yard par-4 that requires a tee shot over water and an approach to an island green.
The course has hosted this event since 2016, when it was part of the Web.com Tour. It became a PGA Tour event in 2018 and has been won by Brice Garnett (2018), Graeme McDowell (2019), Hudson Swafford (2020), and Chad Ramey (2022).
The tournament has a purse of $3.8 million and offers 300 FedExCup points to the winner. It also grants an exemption into next year’s Masters Tournament for non-members who win.
Betting card and thoughts
This time I'm sharing all the data with selections on the final columns. It's a field full of rusty players and the top should content. Some surprises will surely pop-up, but I'm taking limited risk for this one.
Will add some thoughts here later, but there's only few hours to make bets before this one goes in-play.