Argentina’s Julián Etulain is firm in his title defense of the Lexus Open presented by Scotiabank Peru. This afternoon four birdies in eight holes of the third round to submit a card of 4-under par 68 to extend his lead from one to three strokes.
“It was another very positive day where I hit very well and I felt very comfortable with the swing. The beginning there was not the best, but the closing was pretty good, so happy with this day, “said the leader of 26 years, who now improved its total for the week at 14-under par 202.
Earlier in the day, with the players in the top-20 separated by just three strokes, Etulain came to be reached at the tip. With two bogeys and two birdies in the first ten holes kept their lead in one, but mounted a run of birdie-birdie-par-birdie from 11 to 14 to widen the gap.
A final birdie on the 18th showed the strength of his leadership. “I hit a good drive out. I left 136 (yards) to the hole, with a brisita against. He had the right stick (pitch) and luckily hit a good shot. He had a good line and left fairly close for birdie, “he said of the great second shot leaving only a meter at the par-four 420-yard closing the route.
Etulain have an open door to accomplish much in the final round in Los Inkas Golf Club. In the win has broad potential to become the new No. 1 of the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. It would also be the first player to score three victories in the Tour’s history and the first to successfully defend a title.
“If there is too much or not at stake, I do not know,” said Etulain. “I feel good beating. I feel comfortable sticking. I’m going out to do the same job today, to try to grab as many greens as possible and if I get to the 18th hole with a chance is welcome. “
His compatriot Gustavo Acosta, 44, also made the round of 68 today to become his bodyguard with total 11-less. A five strokes of the tip, Canadian Derek Gillespie, who today made a bogey-free 64 for the best card of the week, is one of four players who shared third place.
Weather Conditions. Cloudy. Maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius. Light winds from the south.
Lowest round of the tournament. In a week that began making 77 in the first round, now the Canadian Derek Gillespie continued to gain ground with a board of 8-under par bogey-free 64 that has been so far the best of the tournament. The effort allowed him to move from 39th to third.
“I had a bad start to the tournament. He came from a long trip from Canada and I was not ready to start on Thursday, “Gillespie, who missed the cut when 66 said Friday. “Yesterday I found something that made me roll the ball well on the greens and today I hit the ball very well. If there is anything such as a 64 easy, then it was an easy 64 “.
Its nice tour of what culminated Saturday holing a putt ten yards at the 18th hole, where he ended a run of five birdies on the last six holes.
Gillespie said Los Inkas Golf feels good to look at, remembering that last year made 65 in the first round and finished in 19th Canadian 35 had conditional status on the Web.com Tour this season, but only played seven tournaments due in part to the health of his father, Gary, who died in July after a long battle with cancer.
“It was very hard for me and our family hit. Do not expect to play good golf knowing that he was going to die eventually. Now the hope is to move forward and focus on the golf. It has been a difficult year, but left plenty of time to play the Qualifying Tournament and more. We know that tomorrow will bring, “said two-time PGA TOUR champion Canada.
Five. The only one of the five best in the Order of Merit which has had a good week so far has been the defending champion Julian Etulain, who is presented with a good opportunity to become No. 1 if you get a Tour win tomorrow.
Players in the top-2, Marcelo Rozo Colombian and American Tyler McCumber, made 71 and 77 in their respective order to stay away from the top.
To prevent Etulain snatches the top spot with a victory, Rozo need to finish at least third in solo. The Colombian ties at this stage the 48th, thirteen strokes behind the leader so far.
The following are the positions and scores of the five at this point of the week:
1. Julian Etulain, Argentina 69-65–134 (-10)
T48. Marcelo Rozo, Colombia 71-73-71–215 (-1)
T64. Tyler McCumber, USA 72-70-77–219 (+3)
T66. Rick Cochran III, USA 71-74–145 (+1) Failed cutting
T102. William Kropp, USA 67-81–148 (+4) Failed cutting
Best round of the day:
64 (-8) Derek Gillespie, Canada
66 (-6) Russell Surber, USA .; Bidet Francisco, Argentina
64 (-8) Derek Gillespie, Canada
66 (-6) Russell Surber, USA
68 (-4) Sebastian Saavedra, Argentina
Further details 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