American Chris Gilman remains clinging to the lead in the 56th Trans American Power Products CRV Abierto Mexicano de Golf presented by Heineken. Tomorrow will attempt to become the first player to win a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica leading from start to finish.
Player Yorba Linda, California carded a 69 to secure the end with total of 16-under par 200 The advantage of four hits to start the day, was cut to two Colombian Oscar Alvarez, who play their side in the last group made four birdies on the last six holes for a bogey-free 67.
“Today I did not start very well, but somehow I got to get one-on in four holes. Then I made bogeys at 5 and 7, but obviously had a good recovery with birdies at 8, 9, 10 and 12, “said pointer 28, who holed putts on that huge run that helped preserve the lead.
“With the greens are as good as I feel I can put anything here,” specifically on implementation on the greens in a day in which the most spectacular of his putts I holed from 17 meters in hole 9.
At the time birdied 12, Gilman took five shots and looked away. “I feel like I hit it very solid in the final holes, but got nothing,” he said about his close pairs in the last six holes.
Colombian Alvarez, who made his second birdie of the day on the 12th to settle five shots, managed to attack in the final stretch. He added three more birdies on 13, 15 and 17 that left him in a good position to fight for the title in the final round.
“Suddenly the first they did not gave me many chances and made one-under par, but the second I made 4-under par with no bogey. I only made two bogeys all week and that has me very pleased, “Alvarez, who is originally from Medellin, where he won a tournament last July Colombian Tour said.
With Alvarez Gilman and opening a gap with the rest of the field, there is a possibility that can enfrascar in a duel for the title. The last word will his pursuers, among which is the closest Nelson Ledesma. The 24 year old Argentine made a 66 to move into third place alone. His five-stroke deficit.
“I win,” Gilman hopeful give a good closing his solid week at Club de Golf Chapultepec said. “I think I have a good game plan and I executed it for three days. Now it’s a matter of doing the same thing another day. “
In a week that has not dropped from third place, the deputy leader of tomorrow Alvarez sees as a great opportunity. “Since we are in this Tour had not had a chance (to play in the final group on Sunday). I already won other times this was the Tour de las Americas, so it’s not something totally new to me. I’m very happy to have the opportunity again, “said the 31-year-old in 2011 won the Aberto do Brasil.
Weather conditions. Cloudy. Maximum temperature of 19 Celsius. Mild and variable winds.
Playing conditions. Given the wet field conditions, which received an inch of rain last night, for the third consecutive day the players were able to lift, clean and replace his ball in the low cut.
Starts Sunday. In the final round competitors will come in threes for the tees holes 1 and 10 The first start will be at 9 am The last group, composed of leader Chris Gilman, Colombian and Argentine Oscar Alvarez Nelson Ledesma go out by the 1st tee being 10:40 am
Champion from end to end?
Since the founding of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica no player has managed to win a tournament being absolute leader from the first to the last round. Chris Gilman is the third player in the history of 37 tournaments leading Tour during the first three rounds. The above two cases were in the inaugural season in 2012, when Puerto Rican Rafael Campos led the Aberto do Brasil and Argentina’s Sebastian Saavedra Roberto De Vicenzo NEC Invitational Cup. Both lost the lead and the title in the final round.
Five. This tournament is disputed four of the top five players of the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The following are their positions and scores after completing 54 holes of play.
T10. Marcelo Rozo, Colombia 70-72-67–209 (-7)
T35. Tyler McCumber, USA 71-73-70–214 (-2)
T42. Julian Etulain, Argentina 72-73-70–215 (-1)
T68. Rick Cochran III, USA 75-72–147 (+3) Failed cutting
* No. 5 ranking, the American William Kropp, is the only of the five that did not come to Mexico this week.
Players who finish the season at the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica are located in the top-5 of the Order of Merit will earn playing status on the Web.com Tour in 2015.
Best rounds of the day:
65 (-7) Apyan Paul, USA .; Horacio Morales, Mexico
66 (-6) Nelson Ledesma, Argentina; Armando Favela, Mexico
R1: (1) Nicholas Geiger, CHI (69)
R3: (5) Armando Favela, MEX (66); Oscar Alvarez, COL (67); Augusto Nunez, ARG (68); Manuel Inman, MEX (68) Alex Rocha, BRA (69)
About this event. This is one of the most storied tournaments in the region and is part of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica calendar for the second consecutive year.