A year after matching the course record Los Inkas Golf Club with 63, Argentina Armando Zarlenga again made the rounds at this stage that houses the Lexus Peru Open presented by Scotiabank. This time card 7-under par 65 with no bogeys prompted him to take the outright lead after the first round.
“I like the course, but beyond that I’m good and putter sticking with me,” said tucumano 24, who played in the morning and ended the day with a two-stroke lead over four players.
Zarlenga exited the tee 10 and made his first birdie of the day at 14. A good tee shot on the difficult par-three 17th he called “key”, marked the start of a run of birdie-birdie-birdie- par-birdie that put him in contention for the lead.
The par-five 8th hole, her 17th hole was the one who finally helped make a difference. That hit output hybrid with 206 yards to the flag hit 7-iron just three meters and holed a putt for eagle on the rise.
In the group of four players who made 67 to share the second set the Argentinean Gustavo Acosta and Americans David Chung, William Kropp and Jordan Russell.
Fellow American Brad Hopfinger, who is putting pressure to join the five best of the Order of Merit, was 68 to be one of four players tied for sixth. The others are the Brazilian Rafael Becker, Scotsman Sean Jacklin and American Darron Stiles. These last three were the ones who played better in the afternoon.
Weather Conditions. Mostly cloudy. Maximum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. Winds from the south and southwest between 10 and 18 kph.
Armando Zarlenga. Starts this week at No. 21 on the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, well above what was achieved in its first two years on the Tour. In his campaign two top-10s in nine tournaments played his best finish was second in the Panama Classic in May, coincidentally another event was sponsored by Lexus. Last year equaled the course record Los Inkas Golf Club with 63 who did lead to half this tournament. His scores of 75 and 74 over the weekend drove him back into a tie for 19th place.
David Chung. “Yesterday (in the Pro-Am) somehow made birdies at 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and eagled the 14th, so I had good vibes for the back nine,” said American David Chung , the first round started at a frustrating pace with two bogeys and only one birdie on the first 11 holes.
“It was a round that nothing was happening and suddenly, boom!” He said about the explosion meant for your game hole from 70 yards for eagle on the par-four 12th hole, where he hit the ‘lob wedge ‘to a flag that was in the front of the green.
Thereafter he maintained an impeccable pace, closing with birdies on holes 14, 16, 17 and 18 to present a card of 5-under-par 67. “I was more relaxed and patient in the last nine. It was not in the best state of mind from the point of view in the first nine, but I focused and played better, “admitted this graduate of Stanford University 24 years of age.
The Five. Among the players who started this week defending the top five of the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, the best in this first round was the American William Kropp. With no top-25′s in the last four official tournaments he played, Kropp recovered briskly with a round of 5-under par 67 which places him in a tie for second place. The next best among the five was the defending champion Julian Etulain, who four birdies and a bogey did. The following are the positions and scores of the five after the first round:
T2. William Kropp, USA 67 (-5)
T10. Julian Etulain, Argentina 69 (-7)
T38. Marcelo Rozo, Colombia 71 (-1)
T38. Rick Cochran III, USA 71 (-1)
T59. Tyler McCumber, USA 72 (pair)
Alex Carpenter. Earlier in the day the American Alex Carpenter came to take the lead with a total of 7-under par in 14 holes. Its good step was slowed by a bogey on the 15th consecutive double-bogeys at 17 and 18. At the end was 70 and had to settle for 19th place tie.
Best Peruvian. The best among thirteen Peruvian dispute began its National Open Patricio Salem are the professional and amateur Felipe Stroback. They presented cards 2-under par 70 to join a group of nineteen players sharing 19th place.
Best round of the day:
65 (-7) Armando Zarlenga, Argentina
67 (-5) David, USA .; Gustavo Acosta, Argentina; William Kropp, USA .; Jordan Russell, USA
65 (-7) Armando Zarlenga, Argentina
68 (-4) Brad Hopfinger, USA
69 (-3) Juan Pablo Luna, Colombia; Russell Surber, USA .; Diego Velázquez, Colombia
More about this event. The Lexus Open presented by Scotiabank Peru is the fourteenth tournament of the 2014 PGA TOUR season marketplace. Also part of regional tour for the third consecutive year.
Tournament: Lexus Peru Open presented by Scotiabank
Date: October 27 to November 2, 2014
Headquarters: Los Inkas Golf Club
Par / Yardage: 72 (36/36) / 6,914 yards
Record: 63 (-9) Andres Echavarria (COL) 2012; Zarlenga Armando (ARG) 2013
City: Surco, Lima, Peru
Bag: US $ 150,000 – Gain Champion: $ 27,000
Field: 144 players from 23 countries (141 professional and 3 amateurs)
Cut: Top 55 and ties
Hashtags: #PeruOpen #pgatourla
Source: PGA TOUR