Tosti rallies on final day to win first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica title – pgatour.com

·     Fifty-four-hole leader Camilo Aguado had a disappointing final round, shooting a 2-under 70. He got away with that same score Saturday to maintain a one-shot lead heading into the final round, but a second consecutive 70 was his undoing.  He never got on a roll on the weekend after making 15 birdies and only two bogeys in his first 36 holes. Over his final two rounds, Aguado had eight birdies and four bogeys. 

·     Prior to this week, it had been an undistinguished season for Canadian Blair Hamilton, with three missed cuts in five starts and a tie for 21st his best finish (Molino Cañuelas Championship. This week, Hamilton, a 2016 University of Houston graduate and a native of Burlington, Ontario, saved his best for last. After opening 70-66-73, Hamilton fired a 10-under 62 to tie for fourth. Hamilton had six front-nine birdies and four more over his final nine holes. 

·     The finish Sunday was key for Blair Hamilton, who began the week No. 112 on the Order of Merit. With his tie for fourth, he moved to 65th, giving him a reasonable chance at making the season-ending Shell Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami in early December. That event is open to the top-60 money-winners. 

·     It’s been a nice start to Justin Suh’s PGA TOUR Latinoamérica career. Two weeks ago, in his debut, Suh, tied for fourth at the Diners Club Peru Open. Suh was a bit better this week, tying for second after four consecutive rounds in the 60s left him a stroke behind winner Alejandro Tosti. 

·     Justin Suh has gone from no position on the Order of Merit to 76th to 29th in the span of two tournaments. His finish this week virtually assured him of a spot in the season-ending Shell Championship. 

·     Alejandro Tosti overcame a pair of double bogeys to still secure the victory. In the second round, Tosti doubled the par-5 sixth hole and then made double bogey at the par-3 15th a day later. He also had two eagles during the week to offset those miscues. Tosti eagled the sixth hole the day before he doubled it, and he eagled his closing hole Saturday. The Rosario, Argentina, native bettered the 65 he shot in the third round of the BMW Jamaica Classic, which was not only his low round of 2019 but his career-low round. 

·     Besides winner Alejandro Tosti, 16 other Argentines made the cut. Those who turned in top-25 performances were Clodomiro Carranza and Augusto Núñez (tied for seventh), Jaime Lopez Rivarol (tied for 21st) and Ricardo Gonzalez (tied for 25th).  

·     Making his PGA TOUR Latinoamérica debut, Cameron Young had a tremendous week. After opening with a so-so pair of 71s, he hit the gas on the weekend. Following his sterling, 10-under 62 Saturday, Young fired a 67 Sunday to claim a share of fourth place with Blair Hamilton and Camilo Aguado. Young, a former Wake Forest golfer, is 81st on the Order of Merit.  

·     Shad Tuten continues to improve on his par-or-better streak. With his impressive, 7-under 65 Sunday that earned his a share of 13th place, Tuten has posted 23 consecutive rounds at par or better. Tuten’s last non-par-or-better score was a 1-over 73 in the third round of the BMW Jamaica Classic in May. Tuten began the day tied for 24th but dropped into a tie for 31st after three rounds. 

·     Order of Merit leader Augusto Núñez stayed firmly atop the money list with his tie for seventh. Núñez’s 3-under 69 was his 14th consecutive under-par round. The last time he was not under-par was in the second round of the JHSF Aberto do Brasil, when he fired a 1-over 72. 

·     Led by winner Alejandro Tosti (68-69-68-64), four players shot nothing but sub-70 scores this week. The others were Justin Suh, Andreas Halvorsen and Augusto Núñez. 

Quotable 

“There is a big difference from the amateur world to being a professional. For me it’s been a tough transition for many aspects.” –Alejandro Tosti

“Little by little, I’m getting more comfortable. It’s been less than a little over a year that I’ve been a pro, and it’s pretty amazing that I have my first victory.” –Alejandro Tosti

“I didn’t have a great season so far. It’s been an OK season up to this tournament. I’ve been fighting to get into tournaments in the first half, and I played only four tournaments and made two cuts. Coming back here I felt pretty good coming back to Argentina. To be able to win and get in the top 60, I know I will be playing this Tour next year.” –Alejandro Tosti

“Wow. That’s pretty impressive. I did not know that.” –Mario Beltran upon finding out that his 61 set a new course record

“I felt like every putt was dead straight, I holed out on the second hole and everything just rolled from there.” –Mario Beltran

“I called it in the air. ‘Go in!’ And it disappeared. A couple of putts went in early and I just hopped on that train and it never stopped.” –Mario Beltran

“I birdied 4-5-6 and parred No. 7. I knew that was a tough hole. I knew I had to par the par-3s today. That was key. After I made that par on seven, and I birdied eight and nine, I knew it was that day. I just had to keep going, keep going, keep going.” –Mario Beltran

“I kind of lost track of where I was at. Everything just kept happening. Now I’m 11 (-under). Now I’m 12, now I’m 13. All right, let’s keep making birdies. After I made those three birdies in a row, from four to six, I knew I had a chance.” –Mario Beltran

“No, not really. Fifteen and 17 are kind of tough. That was not really in my mind, and I knew I was in there somewhere.” –Mario Beltran

“I’m happy to be back in contention. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with this week. It was a fun week.” –Justin Suh

“Peru was a sponsor exemption, and I got into this event because of my finish in (Peru). I’m getting into the next week, and hopefully I can get into the top-10 or the top-five (on the Order of Merit) and get into Q-School.” –Justin Suh

“I didn’t expect much from this course. I had no idea what kind of design it was. I had no idea what to expect, but it reminded me of Trinity Forest up in Texas, and I had a good college finish there.” –Justin Suh

“There are wide fairways here, but it came down to approach shots and making putts. I feel very confident in my driving, but with this course, it came down to approach shots and making birdies.” –Justin Suh