Brazilian Rafael Becker starred in a final round dream to win with authority the 61st Aberto do Brasil / Aberto do Atlântico presented by Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo.
His sensational included three eagles close in the last eight holes for a final round of 7-under par 62 that took him to prevail by three strokes. The victory of 23-years in the National Open was the first of a Brazilian in the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The total for the week was 14-under par 262, a new 72-hole record for the historical field Gavea Golf and Country Club which hosted the championship for the second consecutive year.
“I turn 29, with three eagles” he said of his sensational closing. “It was really a dream. Halfway did not know how come, just wanted to do less and less. “
After making birdie on 9 to get in two for the day, Becker was two strokes off the lead. On the 11th, a par-four of 340 yards hit the drive only a meter from the hole and made eagle.
“After that I decided that there were two pairs-five. I did not know what was going to happen, but knew there was a chance and I just wanted to give me a chance because today they were going right things, “he said of the time it launched its attack on the top of the leaderboard.
Becker followed with a birdie on the 12th and on the 13th, a par-five of 473 yards, holed out from a bunker next to the green for eagle again. The stretch of 5-under par in three holes to put the title fight with Argentine Ariel Canete, who was leading by three shots to start the day, and the American Joel Dahmen.
Though he bogeyed the 14th, he quickly recovered with a birdie on 15 to stay in 12-less. Meanwhile Cañete made consecutive bogeys on 13 and 14 to stand two shots behind.
“On the 13th hole I saw that coming Cañete 12, unless, like me, but then I made birdie on the 15th did not want to think anymore, because 16 and 17 are difficult holes you have to play with your head. I want to know how much was coming because I was so focused on my area, “said the young Paulista.
With Dahmen by 65 to get the lead in the clubhouse at 11 under par, Becker reached the 18 win by one. At the par-5 of 486 yards he reached the green in two and closed holing a putt for eagle ten yards blew it with joy. The total was 14-under par for the two twosomes unattainable left in the field.
Playing in the last group Cañete birdied 18 and 68 to reach double Dahmen a tie for second place. His compatriot and fellow group Augusto Nunez finished solo fourth, six shots of the champion.
Becker began the week ranked 70th in the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the winner’s check for $ 27,000 catapulted to the post 16. Your goal in these final events of the season was to get into the top-60 to maintain Tour card for 2015, but now got much more than that.
“This is important for the guys that are playing Brazil in the Tour, as Felipe Navarro, Daniel Stapff and me. Prove you can be there and nothing else you have to play well and have a good week. We all have a chance, “he said about the significance of this victory.
Weather Conditions. Mostly cloudy. Maximum temperature of 27º Celsius. Variable winds with speeds up to 21 kph.
He is the first player from Brazil who won a PGA TOUR event in Latin America.
He won the title at the age of 23 years, 7 months and 7 days to become the seventh-youngest player to win a PGA TOUR event in Latin America.
It is the seventh Latin American champion fourteen official events this season.
He is the first graduate of the Final Development Series to win a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica title.
He set a new record of 72 holes for the field of Gavea Golf & Country Club with a total of 14-under par 262. The record had been held by Hale Irwin, who won the Aberto do Brasil in 1982 with 11-under par 265 .
This was the second victory of his career. The first was achieved in August this year in the event of the Tour de Brasil CBG and Development Series was played in Porto Alegre.
. Here are the five-date gains of the five best in the Order of Merit after the event:
- Julian Etulain, Argentina $ 92.394
- Marcelo Rozo, Colombia $ 82.057
- Tyler McCumber, US $ 77.234
- Rick Cochran III, US $ 54.406
- William Kropp, US $ 48.026
The Argentine Julian Etulain managed add points to their lead as number one by the end of the event tied for seventh. Their advantage increased from 7000-10000 dollars over the Colombian Marcelo Rozo, who tied for 20th place.
As anticipated, the only change in the Top-5 was the return of American William Kropp to fifth. Kropp had a very good closing 64 hits to tie the tenth and took advantage of a little more than $ 3,500 over compatriot Robert Rohanna, who did not play this week and is now sixth.
Best round of the day:
- 62 (-7) Rafael Becker, Brazil
- 64 (-5) Joel Dahmen, USA .; Jorge Fernandez Valdes, Argentina; William Kropp, USA
. Next event PGA TOUR Latinoamerica will cross South America from coast to coast to get to Santiago, where on Thursday will launch the Hyundai – BBVA Chile Open 88 °. The penultimate event of the 2014 season will be played for the second consecutive year at the Club de Golf Los Leones.