In addition to organizing its fifth tournament of the 2021-22 season and the last stop of Zurich Argentina, the PGA Tour Latinoamérica arrives at Ranelagh Golf Club to commemorate the centenary of one of the great legends of Argentine golf, Roberto de Vicenzo.
The Roberto de Vicenzo 100 Years Memorial will be the ideal way to remember the man who won more than 231 titles around the planet, including the 1967 Open Championship. The Maestro, who also won four other titles on the PGA TOUR, passed away on 1 June 2017 at the age of 94.
“I didn’t have the opportunity to see him play, but I have seen many videos and images that give me a clear idea of what Roberto was like on the pitch. Everyone in Argentina knows how important he was for the country’s golf and how he left an important mark. It would be incredible to win at his house, ”said Jesús Montenegro, who will be one of the 39 Argentines present this week at Ranelagh Golf Club.
Montenegro comes from losing the Termas de Río Hondo Invitational title in a tiebreaker last week to American Jake McCrory. Despite the above, the 26-year-old scored a number of important points in the race for the Totalplay Cup where he appears in eighth place.
After the first four tournaments, the race to reach the Korn Ferry Tour has intensified and although the Chilean Cristóbal del Solar remains in the lead, the margins have been shrinking. The four-time PGA TOUR Latinoamérica champion will not play in the region for the second week in a row and that opens the door for players to bypass him.
The Swede Linus Lilliedahl is the closest to the Chilean and Argentina has become his ideal place to score points this season. The 29-year-old added second places at the 116 VISA Open de Argentina presented by Macro and the Neuquén Argentina Classic, as well as a tie for 23rd place last week at the Termas de Río Hondo Invitational.
“It’s a new field but I really like this place a lot. You can tell that it has a lot of history and the truth is that in Argentina I have felt very comfortable this year. I have played very well in this country and I have worked hard to put myself in a position to win. I come here with a very high motivation”, said Lilliedahl, who is only 76 points behind Del Solar.
Some of the Argentine players who will participate in the event that will award prizes of $175,000, in addition to Jesús Montenegro, are Rafael Echenique and Emilio Domínguez from San Luis; Tucumans Andrés ‘Pigu’ Romero and César Costilla; Tommy Cocha from Salta and Paulo Pinto, Clodomiro Carranza and Ignacio Marino from Cordoba (all from Río Cuarto). And Leandro Marelli from Casildense and Rodolfo González, Rafael Gómez, Andrés Gallegos and Marcos Montenegro from Buenos Aires.