Top-ranked Sooners set to open spring season in Puerto Rico Classic
NORMAN – The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s golf team is set to open its spring season next week at the Puerto Rico Classic, played at the Grand Reserve Golf Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The three-day, 54-hole event pits the Sooners against four top-25 teams including three inside Golfstat’s top 12 at the par-72, 7,506-yard course that hosts the Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour. The 13-team field tees off on Sunday in round one.
The medalist of next week’s 29th Puerto Rico Classic will receive an invitation to play in the PGA’s Puerto Rico Open from March 3-6.
The tournament is formatted as the standard five-count-four tournament as the Sooners return to a normal format after closing the fall season with a win in match play at the East Lake Cup. At the ELC in Atlanta, the Sooners grabbed the No. 4 seed after stroke play with Chris Gotterup claiming medalist honors. Oklahoma then proceeded to avenge the 2021 national championship loss to Pepperdine by knocking off the Wave in the semifinal and then dispatching Bedlam rival Oklahoma State in the East Lake Cup final. Gotterup, who enters the week as the nation’s No. 1 golfer, will be joined by fellow Hogan Award watch list honoree Logan McAllister in the lineup. The Sooners’ formidable senior duo will seek to lead a lineup that features All-American Patrick Welch, Stephen Campbell Jr. and Drew Goodman to the team’s third title of the year. Ben Lorenz and Jaxon Dowell will play as unattached individuals.
THE FIELD BY GOLFSTAT RANKING
- Ole Miss
- Purdue (host)
- East Tennessee State
- Michigan State
- South Carolina
- College of Charleston
OU HISTORY AT THE PR CLASSIC
The 2022 PR Classic will mark Oklahoma’s 16th appearance in the event all-time with the Sooners finishing up as the runner-up three times (2020, 2018, 2013) and has produced one medalist when Garett Reband shared first in 2020. OU owns two of the 18-hole team scoring records at the tournament, posting a 270 (-18) in 2020, the fourth-lowest score in event history and by posting a 10-under in 2018 for the 12th lowest all-time score.
Fifty-four holes will be played over three days. Tee times and pairings will be published on Golfstat and the Oklahoma Men’s Golf social media channels when available.
Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.