Coming from the PGA TOUR Canada, where this season finished fourth in the Order of Merit to ensure Web.com Tour status in 2015, the American Brock Mackenzie debuted at PGA TOUR Latin America as leader of the Trans American Power Products Open CRV Mazatlan.
Mackenzie, who left the tee 10 afternoon, made six birdies in his 16 holes 8 and to present a card of 5-under par 67 Its advantage, after closing the first round with a bogey on his final hole, is a stroke over countryman Vince India and Mexican Estanislao Guerrero, who made 68 in the morning.
ATB Financial Classic champion last August in Canada, the leader of 33 years took advantage of his experience to overcome the difficult conditions that prevailed in the field signature Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed for Estrella del Mar Golf Resort & Condos .
“It was really hard and seeing that there were not many low scores in the morning I knew the afternoon was going to be more difficult,” Mackenzie said. “I played very well the pairs-5, I did not miss many greens and two good putts holed three meters. It is difficult to make putts here and today I said some. “
Although it is the first time to play a PGA TOUR event in Latin America, the scene of this week is not at all alien to him. Competing in the Tour Web.com played several events in the region and in your career in Canada even came to play here in Mazatlan.
“I wanted to come and compete with the guys here in Latin America. I’ve spent time here playing Web.com Tour events that (the PGA TOUR now Canada) had events in Mexico. I enjoy being here in Mexico, so this is like a type of vacation and I’m very happy with the way it started, “said Mackenzie, who in his short career in the 73 tournaments played Web.com Tour.
Sunny. High of 31 degrees Celsius. Winds from the west and southwest 15 to 20 km.
Vince India. “With elements such as wind and small greens, which I tried to do was keep the patient as best I could. I failed many greens at first but luckily my short game helped me stay, “said the American after Vince India bogey free 68 in the morning.
India, 25, came out the 1st hole and made his first birdie at 7 and then holed two consecutive chips to par in for birdie on 9 and 10 illustrate how well he played around the green. He completed his task with birdies on 13 and 18.
In recovering from the effects of two hurricanes that caused serious damage in the last month, the greens have been field tested for competitors.
“The greens are the same for everyone. It is something that must be assimilated, so I have hit a bit firm. It’s a test of patience and mental strength, “said India, who is losing his Tour card at Web.com, where this year he finished 123rd on the money list with two top-25′s in 19 tournaments played .
Estanislao Guerrero. With 68 five birdies and a bogey with which India reached the close of the morning, the Mexican Estanislao Guerrero became the best Latin American after these first 18 Your satisfaction was evident, especially for good closure three birdies in his last seven holes.
“The bermudagrass greens like these are familiar to me and I’m used to hitting the putts quite firm. That helps a lot here, because if the ball is going very slow hair can move it. Today I focused on catching a point and paste the putt firmly, “said Local 28.
The Argentine Julian Etulain in a four-way tie for third place at the end of the day, was the best of the players that started this week in the top-5 of the Order of Merit PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The following are the positions and scores of the five after the tour today:
T4. Julian Etulain (OM No. 3) Argentina 69 (-3)
T18. Tyler McCumber (OM No. 4) Florida 71 (-1)
T21. Rick Cochran (OM No. 2) Kentucky 72 (E)
T34. William Kropp (OM No. 5) Oklahoma 73 (+1)
T57. Marcelo Rozo (OM No. 1) Colombia 75 (+3)
Players who finish the season at the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica are located in the top-5 of the Order of Merit win playing status for the 2015 season at the Tour Web.com. Including Mazatlan Open, the Latin American season detract seven official and one unofficial tournaments.
Best rounds of the day:
67 (-5) Brock Mackenzie, USA
68 (-4) Vince India, USA .; Estanislao Guerrero, Mexico
69 (-3) Etulain Julián, Argentina; Alex Moon, US .; Emilio Dominguez, Argentina; Chris Gilman, USA
68 (-4) Vince India, USA
69 (-3) Etulain Julián, Argentina; Chris Gilman, USA
About the Trans American Power Products Open CRV Mazatlan:
This eleventh season tournament of the 2014 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is the third of four scheduled in Mexico.
Tournament: Trans American Power Products Open CRV Mazatlan
Dates: 6-12 October 2014
Venue: Estrella del Mar Golf & Beach Resort Condos
Field: 7,407 yards Par-72
City: Mazatlan, Mexico
Bag: $ 150,000 – Gain Champion: $ 27,000
Field: 129 players from 16 countries (127 professionals and 2 amateurs)
Cut: Top 55 and ties
Hashtags: #MazatlanOpen #pgatourla
Source: PGA Tour