Argentina’s Julián Etulain banged authority to successfully defend his lead and win for the second consecutive year Lexus Open presented by Scotiabank Peru.
The victory at Los Inkas Golf Club made him the new number one in the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the first player to win three tournaments in three seasons of Tour history. Never before had a champion successfully defended a title in the Tour.
The triumph celebrated it with a birdie on the final hole to 72 in the last round and return its final lead on three hits with total of 14-under par 274. His closest rival was the American Robert Rohanna and compatriot Sebastian Saavedra, who totaled 277 strokes.
In the outright lead in the second round on, Etulain started the day with a three-shot lead. Although he did not play his best golf and saw their margin in front of the leaderboard reduced to repeatedly hit the 26 year old could never be attained by competitors who tried to prevent his victory.
“The truth is a great happiness because it was a day where things did not go well, as I did not sleep well throughout the day. We had to work and truth be closed in this way makes me very happy, “Etulain, who was on par for most of the final round said.
“To play well the first three days to take the lead and obviously that was a relief,” admitted the champion. “I just started to hit well in the 14th hole I think I hit very good shots from 14 to 18, but until then all the time I was trying to up-and-down to save me. I was fighting it to stay up there. “
The winner’s check for $ 27,000 Etulain drove from third to first in the Order of Merit for the first time in his career on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
“Happy to be up there, but mostly I like to be there after the last tournament. Being there at the beginning or in the middle of the year is obviously good, but it can close and will not be the same, “he said of leading the Tour with four official tournaments.
Weather Conditions. Partly cloudy. Maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius. Mild and variable winds.
With three wins, he becomes the champion with the most titles won in the three seasons of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica history. The three victories were achieved within 357 days, and all were in events that took as the title sponsor Lexus. His first win was at the Lexus Peru Open on November 10, 2013, the second in the Lexus Classic Panama on May 25, 2014 and the latter now back in Peru.
By winning the Lexus Peru Open in consecutive years, he became the first champion to successfully defend the title of an event on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
With the winner’s check for $ 27,000 advanced to the top of the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica with earnings of $ 87.719 in the season. It’s her first time as No. 1 Tour Order of Merit.
He becomes the first Argentine and reach the top of the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica since December 2012, when Ariel Canete finished the inaugural season No. 1 and Roberto De Vicenzo prize.
His record in 38 tournaments played in PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is three wins, two second places, two third places, nine top-10s, 19 top-25′s and 25 cuts made. Etulain is one of only four players who have played all events the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica since its founding in September 2012.
He won the title at the age of 26 years, 4 months, 12 days to be the twelfth winner of 14 official tournaments in their twenties this season.
Five. The big news this week among the five was the rise of Julian Etulain from third to first in the Order of Merit. Argentina passed the Colombian Marcelo Rozo, who had been No. 1 since late May, and Tyler McCumber, who had placed second after his second Tour victory last month in Mazatlan. The other significant change was the rise of American Robert Rohanna to fifth. Rohanna replaced within Five compatriot William Kropp, who missed the cut this week.
These gains are updated for the Five in the Order of Merit:
Julian Etulain, Argentina $ 87.719
Marcelo Rozo, Colombia $ 80.244
Tyler McCumber, US $ 73.484
Rick Cochran III, US $ 53.570
Robert Rohanna, US $ 44.497
Amateur Palma was the best place. With only 17 amateur Alonso Palma proved to be the best of the four Peruvians who played the cut. Palma made 71 in the final round and had no score above par all week. Their total was 4-under par 284 and earned him finish tied for 34th.
At the end of the Qualifying Tournament Web.com Tour. At the conclusion of this event the top ten players on the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica were automatically qualified to go to the last stage of the Qualifying Tournament Web.com Tour. That event will be played at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in December. The ten and planted in that final are: Julian Etulain (Argentina), Marcelo Rozo (Colombia), Tyler McCumber (USA), Rich Cochran III (USA), Robert Rohanna (USA), Brad Hopfinger (USA), William Kropp (USA), David Vanegas (Colombia); Armando Favela (Mexico) and Mauricio Azcué (Mexico).
At the end of the event tied for seventh displaced Azcué Daniel Mazziotta, who was tenth until last week. The difference to the Mexican was only $ 55 US dollars. Those who today are able to locate between the 11th and 20th of the Order of Merit also gained the benefit of direct qualification to the second stage which will have six different venues from next week.
The rest of the players still have a chance to qualify for the Final Stage of Tour ranking at Web.com if they manage to finish the 2014 season in the Top Ten of the Order of Merit.
Best round of the day:
65 (-7) Tyler McCumber, USA
66 (-6) Julio Zapata, Argentina; Alan Wagner, Argentina; Hugo Leon, Chile
65 (-7) Tyler McCumber, USA
66 (-6) Alan Wagner, Argentina
Next event. The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica now heads to Brazil, where on Thursday will begin the 61st Aberto do Brasil / Aberto do Atlantico presented by Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo. This fifteenth calendar event in 2014 his play Gavea Golf & CC in Rio de Janeiro.
Source: PGA TOUR