The Colombian Oscar Alvarez defeated Argentina’s Ledesma Nelson in a close and exciting duel for the title of the 56th Trans American Power Products CRV Abierto Mexicano de Golf presented by Heineken.
Alvarez, 31, accomplished the win with a round of 69 that meant a stroke ahead of Ledesma. This made three putts at the par-three 17th hole for a costly bogey that gave him the lead for the Colombian. The champion ended the week with a total of 17-under par 271.
“The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica had never gone so well. It is a great joy to win this big Mexico Open tournament, “Alvarez, who got his first win in 32 tournaments he has played in his career in the Tour which was founded in 2012 said.
Alvarez Ledesma and went on the attack in search of leadership that Chris Gilman had taken over the first 54 holes. Gilman was reaching into the same hole in 1, but remained in contention in the first nine. His four bogeys between 10 and 14 ended his chances of becoming the first champion to finish in the Tour.
Upon exiting the tee Ledesma had a 10-stroke lead, but Alvarez caught up and surpassed it with consecutive birdies at 11 and 12 that put him 17-under. “I feel it was key birdie-birdie on 11 and 12 I to start the second round was losing by one, but then I took advantage of one for the remainder. Thereafter missed putts from close range in the 14th and 15th, but I stayed calm and in the end what happened happened, “said the Colombian.
Ledesma took putts missed by Alvarez to equate with a birdie on the 15th gave the impression that everything was going to be set in the 18th, but the Argentine made three putts at the par-three 17th for a bogey that ended up costing him the title. Both went to the final hole pairs and Alvarez became the third Colombian to win this season PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
With the winner’s check for $ 27.000 U.S. dollars Alvarez advanced from 68th to 14th in the Order of Merit. Winning here gave a boost to its international season. “Now look at the ranking differently scoring with five tournaments remaining. That’s pretty and everything looks different, “he said after putting in position to be exempt for the second stage of the Qualifying Tournament for Web.com Tour.
Oscar had to fly to Los Angeles tonight to face the first stage of classification, but now go to his hometown of Medellin to rest a week and continue their fight for the top places in the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The circuit reward their top five players – The Five – with Web.com Tour status for this objective and no longer what so far.
Weather conditions. Cloudy. Maximum temperature of 19 Celsius. Mild and variable winds.
Playing conditions. Given the wet field conditions, for the fourth consecutive day the players were able to lift, clean and replace his ball in the low cut.
He won this title at age 31 years, 5 months and 20 days to be the champion older this season PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
Of the eleven different Champions Tour has had twelve tournaments played this year, Alvarez (31) and Ty Capps (30) were the only age 30.
The victory propelled him from 68th to 14th in the Order of Merit with earnings of $ 34.203 U.S. dollars. This figure places it at only $ 10.073 U.S. dollars the fifth.
Alvarez was playing his 32nd PGA TOUR tournament in Latin America, which makes him the player that played more tournaments before getting a win.
His record in those 32 appearances is a win, four top-10′s twelve top-25′s and 22 cuts made.
Five. Colombian Marcelo Rozo, No. 1 of the Order of Merit, finished in a tie for ninth place to be once again the best of the five. With this result he managed to widen its lead over No. 2 Tyler McCumber, who this week finished tied for 22 The difference between the two players is $ 6.535 U.S. dollars scoring with five tournaments remaining.
So they played the Five this week:
T9. Marcelo Rozo, Colombia 70-72-67-69–278 (-10)
T14. Tyler McCumber, USA 71-73-70-65–280 (-8)
T22. Julian Etulain, Argentina 72-73-70-68–282 (-6)
T68. Rick Cochran III, USA 75-72–147 (+3) Failed cutting
William Kropp, USA, did not play this week.
With the results of this week, the following are the updated income of the Five, which retain their positions:
Marcelo Rozo, Colombia $ 79.187
Tyler McCumber, USA $ 72.652
Julian Etulain, Argentina $ 60.719
Rick Cochran III, United States $ 53.570
William Kropp, United States $ 44.276
CLASSIC Cazaubón the OHL at Mayakoba
The member of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Rodolfo Cazaubón won an exemption granted by OHL to play next month in the OHL CLASSIC at Mayakoba, only PGA TOUR dispute in Mexico. Cazaubón was the best in a money list that was made to the premises in the last two events of the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in Mexico. Rookie 25 totaled $ 7.350 U.S. dollars in these two weeks, at the end of T11 and T10 in Mazatlan in the State of Mexico.
Best rounds of the day:
65 (-7) Brad Hopfinger, USA .; Julian Etulain, Argentina
66 (-6) Rodolfo Cazaubón, 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)
R4: (6) Brad Hopfinger, USA (65); Julian Etulain, ARG (65); Alex Rocha, BRA (67); José J. Rodríguez, MEX (67); Ariel Canete, ARG (67); Rafa Echenique, ARG (67)
Source: PGA TOUR