A chip that holed for birdie at the par-four 14th hole was the breaking point that led to American Tyler McCumber to victory in the All You Need is Ecuador Open on Sunday.
From that hole where the Mexican Mauricio Azcué bogeyed two shots to get away, turned McCumber not look back. Two more birdies on holes 16 and 17 widened his margin of victory five strokes, the largest recorded in the last two season PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
Alongside Azcué, who started the final round as the leader and closed with a 76, the other three players who finished tied for second were the Guatemalan José Toledo, 70 hits today, the Colombian Marcelo Rozo, 71, and the Australian Mitch Krywulycz, 71.
For the Champion 23, son 10 times champion Mark McCumber PGA TOUR, this was his first win in fifteen months as a professional career.
“It’s definitely an honor to win on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. I work very hard this year, which has been high and constant low to get some results, “said the young McCumber, who led the tournament over the first two rounds and entered the final round one stroke off the Mexican Azcué.
The final margin of victory might not reflect how tight it was the fight for the title between McCumber and Azcué. Throughout the day they exchanged the lead several times until McCumber escaped on the 14th hole.
“We fought side by side all day and it was not until the final holes when I left. It has not felt at all (as I mastered), not until I saw the leaderboard on the 17th hole green Then I realized that I had a greater advantage than I thought “, commented on his trip to victory in the par-72, 7,356-yard Quito Tennis and Golf Club.
With the victory McCumber took a step in the right direction. The winner’s check for $ 27.000 U.S. dollars catapulted him into “The Five” Best of the Order of Merit at the end of the year amount to Web.com Tour.
“Obviously the goal is to win the Tour Web.com card and move forward, you have to keep playing well,” said the player who now ranks fourth on the Order of Merit with earnings of $ 44.266 in nine tournaments played.
On the last day of his interviews, the team of PGA TOUR XM Radio Sirius put the phone to his father and Tyler could not keep the emotions to hear the other side of the line.
“I would love him to be here,” he said of his father, who has been his teacher in golf. “I’m sure that he would also like to see this. I can only be grateful because it has been a great support and inspiration. “
Weather Conditions. Was a day of very good condition, between sunny and cloudy. Maximum temperature of 19 Celsius. Light winds, were not factor throughout the day.
He won this title at age 23 years, 5 months and 24 days to be the fifth youngest man to win a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica player.
He began the week ranked 18th in the Order of Merit and the victory moved into fourth place for the first time in “The Five” looking forward to Web.com Tour next season.
This victory was his seventh consecutive top-25′s this season of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, where he has made the cut in 8 of 9 events played.
With him are nine different champions in nine tournaments played this season on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
It is the fifth player from the United States to win this season. The other four titles have been held by Latin Americans.
Among the four players who finished tied for fourth place which was pulled over dividends Colombian Marcelo Rozo, who established himself as No. 1 of the Order of Merit. Increased their lead over nine thousand dollars over American Rick Cochran, who remained in second place.
“The goal was to be in the top five in this tournament. I want my peak is Bogota (this coming week), but when you see it so close and end this way is not a good taste, “said Bogota 25 years, for whom this was his fifth top-10 in nine tournaments played this season on the Tour.
With Rozo to mind these were the scores and final positions of the players who started the week between the Five:
T2. Marcelo Rozo (COL) 69-69-71-71 = 280 (-8)
T18. David Vanegas (COL) 73-73-69-71 = 286 (-2)
T29. Rick Cochran III (USA) 68-68-76-75 = 288 (E)
T29. Julian Etulain (ARG) 71-71-73-71 = 288 (E)
—- CUT —
T77. William Kropp (USA) 75-75 (+6)
McCumber’s rise to fourth in the money list, meant the departure of this group of Colombian David Vanegas. Champion Arturo Calle Colombian Open which opened the season in February, Vanegas fell from fifth to sixth.
Best rounds of the day:
66 (-6) Jorge Fernandez Valdes, Argentina
68 (-4) Joel Lynn, USA
R1: (2) Vince India, USA 68 (-4): Armando Favela, Mexico 71 (-1)
R2: (2) Tyler McCumber, USA 67 (-5); Alan Wagner, Argentina 68 (-4)
R4: (1) Mitch Krywulycz, Australia 71 (-1)
Next event. PGA TOUR Latinoamérica now heads to Bogota, Colombia to celebrate Arthur Street Classic presented by Colombian Avianca. The tournament, the tenth of the season, will take place in the Old Pueblo Country Club from Thursday 2 October.