The Master would have been proud of such a tournament final, in the event that bears his name: with an eagle from 124 yards on the 18th hole, Chandler Blanchet was consecrated in the Roberto De Vicenzo 100 years, which was played at Ranelagh Golf Club. The public surrendered to that perfect shot that gave the North American the title of the PGA Tour Latinoamérica, the circuit that means the starting point of a path towards the PGA Tour.
When everything seemed to be going downhill to the point of squandering all his chances (two bogeys in the first leg), Blanchet accelerated on the return journey and chained four birdies from 10 to 13, plus the eagles on 14 and 18, to consecrate himself with a final tour of 66 shots (-5) and a total of 267 (-17).
Beyond the great moment of inspiration from the champion when evening fell, people were left wanting to celebrate a local conquest, because Leandro Marelli from Santa Fe and Andrés “Pigu” Romero from Tucumán, who animated the contest throughout the four days, they had to settle for shooting guard and third, with totals of -14 and -13 respectively. In any case, the performance of both predisposes them in the best way to continue fighting on this tour whose first objective is to project themselves internationally, and which will have its next two dates in the Opens in Brazil and Peru.
While Marelli battled all day and presented a card of 68, to conclude with three strokes, Romero signed 69 and completed the best performance of the season. The double champion on the DP World Tour (former European Tour) and once on the PGA Tour, brought out his scrolls and on Sunday gave himself chances to get into the fight with birdies at 13, 14 and 16. Unfortunately for him , a bogey in the 18th took him out of contention for the trophy carried by the figure of the great Master Roberto De Vicenzo.
The last laugh was Blanchet. “Is incredible. My last victory was four years ago. It’s been a while but I worked hard to keep improving. It was spectacular that all that effort had its reward here in Argentina, ”said the native of Gainesville, Florida, who obtained his first victory on the tour at the San Paulo Golf Championship of the 2019 season.
In fourth place, with totals of 12 under par 272, were tied by Canadian Max Sekulic (69), American Davis Shore (69) and New Zealander Charlie Hillier (70). Seventh and eighth place went to the Mexican Raúl Pereda (69) and the Argentine Rafael Echenique (72), who finished with individual globals of 11 and 10 under par. The top-10, eight shots behind the champion, was closed by the American and champion of the Scotia Wealth Management Open in Chile, Matt Ryan (68), the Mexican Isidro Benítez (70), the American Fred Meyer (70) and the co- leader of the first 54 holes of play, the Argentine César Costilla.
The Roberto De Vicenzo Memorial 100 years, where a statue of the Maestro was discovered, closed the season of the Zurich Argentina Swing, the competition that brings together the four tournaments that the circuit played in Argentina and that awarded the Swede Linus Lilliedahl with ten thousand dollars.