Latin Trio share the lead in Chile

Santiago, Chile (November 13, 2014) – Mexican Armando Favela, Argentine and Uruguayan Julio Zapata Juan Ignacio Lizarralde presented cards 6-under par 66 to share the lead at the start of the Hyundai – BBVA Chile Open 88

The three pointers this penultimate tournament of the season on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica played in the morning of a beautiful spring day at the Club de Golf Los Leones. In the afternoon it was closer to catch them was American Joel Dahmen, who made 67 in the fourth to stand alone.

A two strokes of the tip there is a group of eleven players who call in fifth with 68. These include the Brazilian Rafael Becker Champion Aberto do Brasil on Sunday, Argentina’s Jorge Fernandez Valdes, another former champion of the Tour, and Paraguay’s Carlos Franco, who won four titles on the PGA TOUR.

On a day in which he hit 17 greens, Mexican Armando Favela capitalized making seven birdies and only one bogey to be the first of the three who made 66.

“On the second hole I holed a putt as three meters straight and began to rely heavily on my lines and what he could do. The greens are in very good condition and rolls the ball very well, “said the 28 year old southpaw from Tijuana.

Since winning in Guatemala in March Favela has made little noise in the Tour, but ranked at number 11 in the Order of Merit is a player with great choices even get between the Five.

“There is still a good chance, but for that you have to go day by day and see what happens,” he said about the struggle being waged by the first places that guarantee Tour status in 2015.

After making birdie on the 7th hole to re-pair field, Argentina’s Julio Zapata put a bunker at 8 as part of a cute birdie-birdie streak-birdie to close the first nine 2-under par. In the second half of the course birdied 12 and closed with a trio of birdies from 16 to 18.

“Today I hit the drive fine, then as I played pretty from the fairway. Also did very good taken from the bunker, even putting one in 8. That prompted me and then I had this terrible end, so happy and grateful to God for the day, “said 38-year-old Argentine just a couple of weeks in Peru got his first top-10 of the season at the Tour.

On a day that began making bogey on the 1st hole, the Uruguayan Juan Ignacio Lizarralde not commit more errors and closed making birdie at 17 and eagle at 18. Finally, a par-five of 511 yards, holed out from a bunker next the green.

“Lately I took it very badly made bogeys. Then I said, ‘Today we will try to do different things’ trying to accept mistakes with another philosophy and then I birdied 2 and walked, “said Uruguayan 35 years for whom patience was key in the first day action.

Being an amateur in 2001 Lizarralde joined the Uruguayan team that won the Andes Cup here at the Club de Golf Los Leones. “This field I love, is one of my favorites because it reminds me of my court in Uruguay, so I feel great playing here,” he added hopefully to keep pace at the end of a long campaign which has just completed three cuts in 13 tournaments played.


Weather. Sunny. Maximum temperature of 29 ° Celsius. Mild and variable winds.

Dahmen continues to be felt

With guaranteed fully exempt status on the Tour 2015 by virtue of having been the No. 1 Canadian PGA TOUR this year, the American Joel Dahmen is shown a good level in Latin America. On Sunday Aberto do Brasil ended in a tie for second place and this afternoon seemed enrumbado the sole lead after making six birdies between holes 3 and 9 consecutive bogeys at 10 and 11 slowed his step and a birdie on the 18th at helped finish fourth solo.

Becker maintains good step

Brazilian Rafael Becker, who last Sunday finished three strokes better than Dahmen to win their National Open, made a good start 68. Experiencing some difficulty with the speed of the greens, the 23 year old missed several birdie opportunities. The 3 made at the par-five 17th was his fourth eagle on the last 26 holes he has played on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Five. The American William Kropp, No. 5 of the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, had the best start among the five best in the Tour thanks to a round 3-under par 69. His late Lions seemed to give more, since I became 5-under par with six holes to play, but returned a couple of strokes with consecutive bogeys at 5 and 6, the holes 14 and 15.

The other of the five who played under par was the Colombian Marcelo Rozo, who ranks second on the Order of Merit. The other three pulled up and tomorrow will recover 73 to make the cut for top 55 and ties. Here are their positions and scores after the first day:

T16. William Kropp, USA 69 (-3)
T28. Marcelo Rozo, Colombia 70 (-2)
T66. Rick Cochran III, USA 73 (+1)
T79. Tyler McCumber, USA 74 (+2)
T88. Julian Etulain, Argentina 75 (+3) No. 1 of the Order of Merit
Best Chileans. The best of local after these first 18 holes was Cristian Leon, who thanks to a good closing birdie-par-birdie-birdie joined the group of those who tied for fifth with 68 hits. Santiago Russi, a member of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, was another blow for the better local following. The other Chileans who were shot under par amateur Juan Leon (70) and professional Antonio Costa (70) and Carlos Torres (71).

Bogey-free rounds:

68 (-4) Patricio Salem, Peru
70 (-2) Tom Berry, England
. More about this event Hyundai – 88 ° BBVA Chile Open is the penultimate tournament of the season and played for the second consecutive year at the Club de Golf Los Leones. As the first of only three events remaining on the schedule is key in the fight for promotion to Tour.

Tournament: Hyundai – BBVA Chile Open 88 °
Dates: 10-16 November 2014
Venue: Club de Golf Los Leones
Par / Yardage: 6,948 yards Par-72
Record: 62 (-10) Sebastian Saavedra, Argentina in 2013.
City: Santiago, Chile
Bag: US $ 150,000 – Gain Champion: $ 27,000
Field: 132 players from 19 countries (114 professionals and 18 amateurs)
2013 Champion: Timothy O’Neal, USA (It is not present to defend the title)
Cut: Top 55 and ties
Hashtags: #AbiertodeChile #pgatourla

Source: PGA Tour


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