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NEC SERIES-PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA


there’s a lot of talent in the region that will want to emulate the glory of De Vicenzo and Cabrera. “For me it


victory, here in Villa Allende, with my people, my house,” said Cabrera, who won on his home course in early 2013. “That it belongs to the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, for me is an honor.” The


128 countries—that members—from 19 started the 2012


season had just one goal in their minds, to finish among the select group of “Los Cinco” (Order of Merit’s top-5) and get a card to play on the 2013 Web.com Tour. The inaugural season of PGA TOUR


Angel Cabrera won on the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in his home country, Argentina, one week after finishing second at the 2013 Masters Tournament.


Tour de las Americas, a number of event promoters and host golf clubs in that region, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica came into the scene. Now, golf is also spoken in Spanish. “Our expansion into Latin America


is part of a natural progression for golf, which continues to grow globally,” said Finchem during the launching of the circuit, PGA TOUR’s first new Tour since 1990, when the Ben Hogan Tour—known today as the Web.com Tour—was formed. “One of the reasons we are moving in this direction is we recognized a need from the PGA TOUR brand to help develop a more structured, consistent Tour that would lead to the development of more elite players from Latin America, especially with an eye toward the fact that South America will be hosting its first-ever Olympic Games in 2016, which will include golf’s return to competition for the first time in more than 100 years.”


84 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 « OUR EXPANSION INTO


LATIN AMERICA IS PART OF A NATURAL PROGRESSION FOR GOLF, WHICH CONTINUES TO GROW GLOBALLY. » TIM FINCHEM


ROLE MODELS There are many role models that inspire the new generation of Latin-American golfers,


de Vicenzo, winner of more than 230 tournaments


from the legendary Roberto around the world—


including the 1967 British Open—to his fellow Argentinean Pato Cabrera, who won the 2007 U.S. Open and the 2009 Masters and was the runner-up at the 2013 Masters. But now Latinos have something else to encourage them, a direct route to the Web.com Tour. And


Latinoamérica was an absolute success. Great golf and rising stars were seen at the 11 stops of the Tour, played in seven different countries—Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The new era of golf in the region started just 100 miles away from a very important Mayan ceremonial site, one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza. El Jaguar Golf Course at the Yucatan Country Club had the honors, and 21-year old Argentinean Tommy Cocha was the first to make his statement. He had an impressive performance, with a 266 total, 22-under par to beat by five shots his closest contender, local player Óscar Fraustro. At Monterrey, Cocha continued his outstanding play, but couldn’t keep pace with fellow countryman Ariel Cañete, who started here on his way to the top spot of the Order of Merit, the Roberto de Vicenzo Award and the coveted full status Web.com Tour card, after being the only player that was able to win two tournaments in 2012. Three other Argentineans golfers control


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Latinoamérica. Matías O’Curry won the 65th Open,


Arturo Calle Colombian followed by


Clodomiro


Carranza, who beat Mexican José de Jesús Rodríguez in the first playoff on Tour, at the Brazil Open. Then it was Alan Wagner’s turn, winning the Roberto de Vicenzo Invitational


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