The First Look: 2019 Abierto de Chile presented by VOLVO –

The winners of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica tournaments between 2012 and 2018 playing in this week’s Chilean Open are Argentina’s Ángel Cabrera, Augusto Núñez, Clodomiro Carranza, Tommy Cocha, Tommy Baik and Jorge Fernández Valdés, Brazil’s Alex Rocha and Rafa Becker, Canada’s Wil Bateman, Chile’s Cristóbal del Solar, Mito Pereira and Horacio León, Colombia’s Ricardo Celia and Andrés Echavarría, Guatemala’s José Toledo, Finland’s Toni Hakula, Mexico’s Isidro Benítez and Americans Anthony Paolucci, Tee-k Kelly and Patrick Newcomb.

From an Official World Golf Ranking perspective, the most-outstanding player in the field will be the PGA TOUR member, Joaquín Niemann, currently ranked No. 167 in the world. In 2018, the Chilean debuted on the TOUR, and after 14 events he managed four top-10s. His solid start to his career allowed him to secure the card for the 2018-19 season in which he has been able to play 14 tournaments, with 10 made cuts. The last time he played in his country’s national open was in 2015 when he tied for 59th place.

In addition to arriving Chile as leader of the Order of Merit, Jared Wolfe is also the defending champion. Last year, the American finished with a score of 14-under par 270 to defeat Argentina’s Tano Goya and Chileans Horacio Leon and Felipe Aguilar by two strokes. The 31-year-old Wolfe started 2019 with his third PGA TOUR Latinoamérica victory, at the Buenaventura Classic. At last week’s Molino Cañuelas Championship, Wolfe tied for 31st. In 2017, Wolfe ended the season inside the top five on the Order of Merit to earn 2018 Tour membership.

Colombian Andrés Echavarría comes into this week as the winner of the Molino Cañuelas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two-time Tour winner moved into second place on the 2019 Order of Merit and will be another player to follow this week in Chile. In 2015, Echavarría had the opportunity to play at the Mapocho Golf Club when he was a Tour player. Rounds of 71-75 left him idle on the weekend. In 2018, a shoulder injury forced him to miss a return to the Chile Open.

A week after playing the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, Argentine Angel Cabrera is playing in the Chilean Open for a second consecutive year. The two-time major champion turns 50 in September, and he returns to a tournament where he finished sixth in 2018. In addition to his two appearances on the PGA TOUR in 2019, the native of Córdoba has played two Tour events without making a cut.