The European Challenge Tour returns to Florence as they host the Mugello Tuscany Open from May 12-15

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Floris De Vries

Floris De Vries

The European Challenge Tour will return to Florence, the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, for the second edition of the Mugello Tuscany Open from May 12-15.

The picturesque Poggio dei Medici GC, in the town of Scarperia, will again host the €150,000 event, which last year helped launched the career of Dutchman Floris de Vries.

De Vries edged out fellow Challenge Tour rookie Thorbjørn Olesen of Denmark at the second extra hole of a sudden-death play-off, and the two 21 year olds would later finish side by side in the final 2010 Challenge Tour Rankings, with the Dane taking third place and the Dutchman finishing fourth.

Since then, both players have made impressive starts to their maiden European Tour campaigns, with Olesen occupying 45th place in The Race to Dubai after finishing runner-up at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and tied ninth at the South African Open, and De Vries currently in 70th place on the Money List after a string of consistent performances.

Alain de Soultrait, Director of the Challenge Tour, said: “Last year’s tournament was a tremendous success, with Floris and Thorbjørn playing some superb golf on the final day and showcasing what the Challenge Tour is all about. So we are excited about returning to Poggio dei Medici for the second edition of the event, and we must thank the club and also Una Hotels for agreeing to host the tournament.

“We should also thank the Italian Federation for their fantastic support – with Italian golf currently on a high through the exploits of Matteo Manassero and the Molinari brothers, it is important that we continue to develop and strengthen our relationship with the Federation. Finally, we must also thank the Tuscany region, without whose generous sponsorship this tournament simply would not be taking place.”

Co-designed by Italian architect Alvise Rossi Fioravanti and European Tour champion Baldovino Dassù, the 7,114 yard (6,503 metres), par 71 Poggio dei Medici GC also played host to the Ladies Italian Open between 1999 and 2003.

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Will Wilcox takes two shot lead into final round of Abierto International Copa Antioquia

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Will Wilcox

Will Wilcox

American Will Wilcox takes a two shot lead in the final round of the Abierto International Copa Antioquia after a third round 72 in Colombia.

Wilcox was required to play 25 holes after the weather disruptions of Friday, first finishing his second round by picking up an eagle and birdie in the seven holes he had outstanding to pull three clear of the field.

After a quick turnaround, the American was back out on the course at Club Campestre but found himself falling back into the pack with three dropped shots in the first ten holes before a second eagle of the day, this time on the 12th, put him back into the driving seat. Six pars to finish left the American on ten under par 203.

“I missed a lot of short putts this afternoon. I mean, I really could have this thing in my grip a lot better if I had made some putts. Anyway, I couldn’t be any happier to still have a two-shot lead after the way I played”, admitted the 24 year old leader from Birmingham, Alabama.

Wilcox said the key hole was the eagle on the par five 12th which he felt turned his day around.

“I had a really good drive, it was kind of into the wind and I went after it,” he said. “I swung very hard, trying to play a straight ball and I connected with it. That gave me a lot of confidence and a chance to hit 9-iron into the green, instead of trying to finesse an eight. I hit it to about twenty-five feet and made it. That changed everything in my head.”

He leads Germany’s Nicolas Meitinger and Frenchman Charles Russo, the European pair tied on eight under par 205 after rounds of 67 and 68 respectively, and Canadian Brad Fritsch, who birdied two of the last three holes for a 70.

England’s Matthew Baldwin moved up through the field with a four under par 67 to move to seven under par, continuing his fine form of recent weeks which helped him to a fourth place finish on the Challenge Tour’s first visit to India at the start of the year.

He was joined on the seven under par mark by Argentine amateur Emiliano Grillo, who posted a 69, and Colombian Jose Manuel Garrido, who signed for a 72.

Frenchman Anthony Snobeck made the biggest move of the third round after a six under par 65 moved him up 32 places to a share of the seventh.

With a prize fund of $250,000 the event co-sanctioned by the Challenge Tour and the Tour de las Americas, the second event of the 2011 season, offers an early opportunity to make gains on the Challenge Tour Rankings.

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David Venegas mounts successful title defence on European Challenge Tour

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David Venegas

David Venegas

Given the nature of the Challenge Tour successful title defences are a fairly rare occurrence, but David Vanegas has set his sights on becoming the first player for seven years to achieve the feat at the Abierto International Copa Antioquia.

The last man to mount a successful title defence on the Challenge Tour was Vanegas’ fellow South American Daniel Vancsik, who since winning three times between 2003 and 2005 has forged a highly successful career for himself on The European Tour, triumphing twice.

Vanegas’ career path thus far has been similar to that of Vancsik, as both players cut their teeth on the Tour de las Americas before taking their chance in events co-sanctioned with the Challenge Tour.

For Vancsik’s victory at the 2003 Telefonica Centro America Abierto de Guatemala, a tournament he won again 12 months later in its reincarnation as the Abierto Telefonica, read Vanegas’ triumph last year at Club Deportivo El Rodeo in Sede La Macarena, Colombia.

At his home course, the 25 year old – who hails from Medellin, the same town as US PGA Tour champion Camilo Villegas – saw off all-comers to take the title by four strokes.

Vanegas recalled: “It was the best day of my life, no doubt. When I found the green on the last hole and knew the title was mine, I just couldn’t believe it. Winning was a dream come true, especially in my home country. It gave me so much confidence, and proved to me that I’m capable of winning at any level.”

Unfortunately for Vanegas he was ultimately unable to carry the momentum generated by his win through the remainder of the season, eventually finishing in 34th place in the final Challenge Tour Rankings, with a tie for 11th at the dual-ranking SAINT OMER OPEN presented by Neuflize OBC his highest subsequent finish.

But despite finishing outside the all-important top 20 Vanegas still declared his campaign a qualified success, and firmly believes that the experience he gained from playing on a wide variety of courses in different conditions on the Challenge Tour will stand him in good stead.

Vanegas said: “I was obviously slightly disappointed not to have finished in the top 20 at the end of the year, because I started the season top of the Rankings after my victory in Colombia, and I played in enough tournaments after that to stay in the top 20. But at the same time everything was new for me – the countries, the tournaments, the other players, the weather and the courses.

“So it was a huge learning curve for me, and the best possible experience I could have. Having the chance to play in many different countries, on many types of course and with many good players helped me grow, both as a person and as a player. I really enjoyed it, and my game improved a lot. Now, to take my game to the next level, I need to work even harder on all aspects of my game, and especially my putting.”

To that end, Vanegas has spent most of the winter months honing his swing and putting stroke on the practice facilities at his home club, ahead of his title defence from March 10-13.

He said: “I have been doing three things since the Challenge Tour season finished – practice, practice and practice! So I’m feeling good about my game, and now I’m really looking forward to defending my title. There will obviously be some extra pressure on me this time after my win last year, but I think the attention is something I will enjoy. How I play will probably determine my plans for the rest of the season, but my goal is to get onto The European Tour. That would be a dream.”

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Saltman decides to not appeal three-month ban for incorrect ball marking

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Eliot Saltman

Eliot Saltman

Elliot Saltman says he will not appeal his three-month ban from the European Tour for marking his ball incorrectly, but reiterated on Monday that he did not cheat.

The Scottish golfer was found by the tour to have “committed a serious breach” of the rules during the first round of the Russian Challenge Cup in September last year. His two playing partners both asserted that he didn’t replace his ball correctly on a number of occasions.

Saltman said in a statement that his legal team warned him an appeal was unlikely to be successful “given the current procedures followed by the European Tour that restrict their ability to proactively and fully put his case.”

But Saltman, who claims to have passed a lie-detector test, added that “I wish to emphasize again that I do not cheat, have never cheated and do not believe I have done anything wrong.

“I want to get back to playing as quickly as I can because playing is the best way to show people that I am not a cheat,” he said. “It has been a terrible few months. I have worked all my life to be a professional golfer and I love the game. To get my tour card and then have this happen is unimaginable.

“To have people who don’t know me and who know nothing about me go out in the media and question my honesty is really hurtful,” he stressed. “To be accused of being a cheat is a terrible stigma and sadly is one that I will now almost certainly have to carry for the rest of my life. But I am a golfer and I just want to get back out there and play.

“I know there is a lot of sympathy for me amongst the players as well, although I am sure that a few will give me a frosty reception,” he said. “That will be difficult, but I will just have to live with it.”

Saltman has already played a tournament since the ban was imposed. That was on the Hi5 Pro Tour in Spain and he finished fourth. The winner was his brother Lloyd, also a European Tour member.

Saltman is eligible to play on the European and Challenge Tours again in mid-April at the Volvo China Open.

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Challenge Tour Champ Thomas Bjorn host sixth edition of ECCO Tour Championship

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Thomas Bjorn

Thomas Bjorn

European and Challenge Tour champion Thomas Björn will host the sixth edition of the ECCO Tour Championship from August 17-20, when the event will move to Lübker Golf Resort on the Djursland peninsula of Jutland, in Denmark.

Ten-time European Tour champion Björn is lending his support to the €160,000 event in order to give something back to the Challenge Tour, having topped the Rankings in 1995 courtesy of four victories, including the Esbjerg Danish Closed on home soil.

The ECCO Tour Championship is returning to Björn’s homeland after last year’s event at Green Eagle Golf Club in Germany, which was won by then-amateur Andreas Hartø of Denmark, who after joining the professional ranks won his second Challenge Tour title – at the Roma Golf Open presented by REZZA – before earning his European Tour card at the Qualifying School Final Stage.

A year before it hosted the Qualifying School First Stage in 2009, Lübker Golf Resort was named ‘Best New International Course’ by Golf Magazine, which claimed that “this flawlessly conditioned 27-hole Robert Trent Jones II design is Scandinavia’s answer to Valderrama”.

As well as an Academy course for juniors, the complex, which was built over five years on a 500-acre estate, comprises three nine-hole layouts named Sand, Sky and Forest. All three are notable for their bold bunkering, heavily-contoured greens and the abundance of water hazards.

Alain de Soultrait, Director of the Challenge Tour, said: “It is excellent news for the Challenge Tour to have a tournament back in Denmark, a country which has produced so many great players down the years – particularly Thomas Björn, who has kindly agreed to host the event. It will also be a privilege for our Members to have the opportunity to play at Lübker Golf Resort, which is one of Denmark’s very best courses. So the sixth edition of the ECCO Tour Championship looks very promising indeed.”

Flemming Astrup, Director of tournament promoters GolfPromote, said: “Since last autumn we have worked hard to get the ECCO Tour Championship back to Denmark, especially since 2010 was such a fantastic year for Danish golf.

“As well as victories on the Challenge Tour for Andreas and Thorbjørn Olesen, Thomas Norret also gained his European Tour card at the Qualifying School, Lucas Bjerregaard won the Junior World Championship and the Seniors European Championship, and the Danish national team finished runners-up in the Amateur World Cup.

“So it’s important for Denmark to host an event on the Challenge Tour, and we’re therefore extremely pleased and proud of the agreement with Lübker Golf Resort, where the course and surroundings are perfect for staging this event.”

Jesper Thuen, Sponsor and Event Manager for ECCO, said: “We’re very pleased with the agreement between GolfPromote and Lübker Golf Resort, and we look forward to returning to Denmark to play on one of the best golf courses in the whole of Europe. We are also very pleased that Thomas Björn has agreed to host the tournament – his support means a lot, both for us as sponsors but also for the continued development of the ECCO Tour.”

Per Kaersgaard, Director of Director Lübker Golf Resort, said: “We hosted the Qualifying School First Stage in 2009, so we are looking forward to welcoming The European Tour back to Lübker. It will be an exciting week, and we can guarantee that the course will be in excellent condition. We believe that we have one of the best courses in Europe, with a severity which will test even the best young players in Europe.”

Two weeks before the ECCO Tour Championship, Lübker Golf Resort will also stage the the Actona PGA Championship presented by FREJA on the ECCO Tour. The event will be hosted by Thorbjørn Olesen, who finished third in last season’s Challenge Tour Rankings thanks largely to his victory in The Princess.

Olesen, who finished in a tie for second place on his first European Tour appearance of the season at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, said: “I’m happy to give a little back to the ECCO Tour. It will be great to play on the Tour again, especially as the tournament is at Lübker Golf Resort. Unfortunately I’ve never played the course myself but it’s been praised to the skies by anyone who has, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing it in August.”

He will be joined at Lübker Golf Resort by his compatriot and fellow European Tour Member Hartø, who said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to come back and play on the ECCO Tour, because I owe the Tour a lot for giving me the opportunity to play the ECCO Tour Championship last year. My victory persuaded me to leave college and turn professional, and is the main reason why I am where I am today – on The European Tour.”

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Pavin returns to Champions Tour with new plans for 2011

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CoreyPavin

Corey Pavin

Corey Pavin’s first full year on the Champions Tour was interrupted by his duties as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

There will be no such distraction in 2011 and Pavin will be fully armed to produce major moments. Mark his name down as one of the golfers likely to claim a Champions Tour major next year.

Pavin made strong bids for victories on both Tours in 2010.

On the Champions Tour, he lost by one stroke to Bernhard Langer at the Senior British Open at Carnoustie. At The Cap Cana Championship, Pavin was the 36-hole leader and shot a final round 66. It still wasn’t quite good enough against Fred Couples, though.

There were several other stellar performances on the Champions Tour, including the Administaff Small Business Classic, the AT&T Championship and the Toshiba Classic.

On the PGA TOUR, Pavin reached a playoff at the Travelers Championship. It was the year’s highest finish by a Champions Tour player on TOUR. Pavin was eliminated on the first extra hole in the playoff against Bubba Watson, the eventual winner, and Scott Verplank. Pavin also tied for seventh at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and 16th on the European Tour’s Volvo China Open.

And, remember, all those fine showings came while he was multitasking between being a competitor and Ryder Cup captain.

The sharp performances against the youngsters demonstrated that Pavin is still in a highly competitive mode every time he tees it up. Of course, his short game remains extraordinary and a man who can chip and putt as well as Pavin is a match for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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Starts 15
Schwab Cup pts. 1,074 (13th)
Official money $921,524 (17th)
Driving distance 259.1 yds. (75th)
Greens in reg. 67.78% (44th)
Putts per round 28.53 (2nd)
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Challenge Tour promotes 40 of their own to The European Tour

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Challenge Tour promotes players

For the first time since its inception in 1987, 40 players who competed on last season’s Challenge Tour gained promotion to The European Tour.

In addition to the graduates who earned promotion to The European Tour via their place in the top 20 of the final 2010 Challenge Tour Rankings, a further 19 players earned elevation to the top tier through last week’s Qualifying School – Final Stage.

The 40th and final former Challenge Tour Member competing in The 2011 Race to Dubai is Austrian Martin Wiegele, who earned instant promotion to The European Tour after winning the dual ranking SAINT-OMER OPEN presented by Neuflize OBC in June. That beats the previous best figure of 36, achieved in 2004.

Remarkably, of the players who took the top ten cards at the 2010 Qualifying School – Final Stage, no fewer than eight – including winner Simon Wakefield of England – were full Challenge Tour Members in 2010.

Furthermore, Frenchman Romain Wattel, who took the ninth card, won as an amateur on the Challenge Tour last season at the ALLIANZ Europen Strasbourg-Golf de la Wantzenau, leaving just South African Jaco Van Zyl as the sole representative of the top ten who did not compete on the 2010 Challenge Tour.

Like Wattel, Denmark’s Andreas Hartø – who took the eighth card – also triumphed as an amateur on the Challenge Tour last season, and he will now be joined on The 2011 European Tour International Schedule by his fellow former Challenge Tour Members Wakefield (who finished first), Spaniard Carlos Del Moral (second), Finland’s Mikko Korhonen (third), England’s Adam Gee (fourth), Germany’s Florian Fritsch (sixth), and the Welsh duo of Liam Bond (seventh) and Stuart Manley (tenth).

Further down the list another 12 former Challenge Tour Members also finished in the top 34 places, including Frenchman Alexandre Kaleka, who took the 22nd card to improve the category he had already secured by finishing in 20th place in the final Challenge Tour Rankings.

Of the Challenge Tour Members who entered the Qualifying School, a total of 26.6% secured their cards. That statistic compares favourably with the overall success rate of all players entering the Qualifying School, which was 21.7%, and that percentage drops even further, to 17.1%, for those successful entrants who did not compete on the Challenge Tour last season.

Alain de Soultrait, Director of the Challenge Tour, said: “We have worked hard to gain our reputation as the most successful finishing school for players wishing to graduate to The European Tour, and we now have the statistics to back up this claim. It gives me great pleasure to see 40 players from last season’s Challenge Tour making the step up to The European Tour, where I’m sure the invaluable experience they gained of playing in highly competitive events on our Tour will stand them in good stead.

“Even if our Members do not finish in the top 20 of the Rankings, they still have another opportunity of earning promotion to The European Tour through the Qualifying School, and it is extremely encouraging to see so many of them grasping this second chance. We look forward to building on our success in the coming years, when we firmly believe the Challenge Tour will continue to flourish and keep providing the golfing stars of the future.”

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Twelve players earn status on Champions Tour for 2011

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Champions Tour - Q-School - Card Ceremony

Champions Tour - Q-School - Card Ceremony

Twelve players earned status on the Champions Tour for 2011 through q-school Nov. 16-19 at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla. The top five finishers earned full exemptions — Keith Clearwater (medalist), Frankie Minoza, Phil Blackmar, Lee Rinker and John Morse. The next seven finishers are conditionally exempt for 2011 — Roger Chapman, Robert Thompson, Mark Mouland, Jim Rutledge, Steve Haskins, J.L. Lewis and Fred Holton.

Meet the 2010 graduates of Champions Tour q-school below.

No. 1: Keith Clearwater

Medalist at q-school by three strokes was a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR with both wins coming in 1987 (Colonial National Invitation and Centel Open). Keith Clearwater

No. 2: Frankie Minoza

Veteran of the Japan Golf Tour and the Asian Tour with victories in more than a half dozen countries, finished 2nd at Champions Tour q-school. Frankie Minoza

No. 3: Phil Blackmar

The three-time winner on the PGA TOUR and winner of the 2009 AT&T Championship in his native Texas played 22 Champions Tour events in 2010 and finished 63rd on the money list. Phil Blackmar

No. 4: Lee Rinker

The former head pro at Trump International Golf Club and veteran of both the PGA TOUR and the Nationwide Tour wrapped up a fully-exempt spot with a T2 finish at q-school. Lee Rinker

No. 5: John Morse

A long-time competitor on the PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour, this former TOUR winner secured the fifth fully-exempt spot at q-school in 2010. John Morse

No. 6: Roger Chapman

This longtime European Tour player beat Padraig Harrington in a playoff in 2000, then went on to become a Rules Official before playing the European Senior Tour. Roger Chapman

No. 7: Robert Thompson

This medalist of the 2008 Champions Tour q-school and member of the PGA TOUR in the ’80s recently won the PGA Senior Professional title. Robert Thompson

No. 8: Mark Mouland

This native of Wales won’t turn 50 until April, but when he hits the Champions Tour, he will fall back onto his experience of 200 European Tour events. Mark Mouland

No. 9: Jim Rutledge

This Canadian will get another shot at the Champions Tour after a 14-start year in 2010. Rutledge’s last victory was the 2006 ING New Zealand PGA Championship on the Nationwide Tour. Jim Rutledge

No. 10: Steve Haskins

This son of an NCAA champion basketball coach finished T2 at last year’s q-school and made 14 starts in 2010 including a T6 at the AT&T Championship. Steve Haskins

No. 11: J.L. Lewis

This two-time PGA TOUR winner joined the Champions Tour in July and will compete in his first full season on the over-50 tour in 2011. J.L. Lewis

No. 12: Fred Holton

This Alabama club pro competed in seven events in 2010 but had to go back to q-school to earn conditional status for the 2011 season. Fred Holton

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Barclays makes announcment to sponsor European Challenger Tour event

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Barclay Announces Sponsorship

Barclays has announced its three year title sponsorship of the Kenya Open, the longest-running event on the European Challenge Tour Schedule.

The 2011 Barclays Kenya Open will be played from March 31-April 3 at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya, the venue for the last two editions of an event which was first played back in 1967 and joined the Challenge Tour Schedule in 1991.

Previous winners of the €190,000 event include the 2007 champion Edoardo Molinari of Italy, who after topping the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2009 subsequently ran up two victories on Scottish soil at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and The Barclays Scottish Open, one of two Barclays-sponsored events on The 2010 European Tour Schedule.

Speaking during Tuesday’s announcement, Adan Mohamed, Barclays Kenya Managing Director, said the bank’s sponsorship of the tournament was an opportunity to contribute to the improvement of golfing standards in Kenya.

He said: “Barclays recognises the power of sport to connect with customers and consumers from diverse backgrounds. We have been involved in developing professional leagues such as the Barclays Premier League in England and more recently cycling here in Kenya, and are committed to promoting excellence in the game of golf.”

Barclays Kenya is also committed to working closely with the Kenya Open Golf Ltd (KOGL) in running golf clinics, and identifying other ways of creating opportunities for local players to hone their techniques and encourage novices to take up the game.

Peter Kanyago, Chairman of Kenya Open Golf Ltd, said: “We are delighted by this strategic partnership with Barclays Kenya, and will ensure that the three year sponsorship they have committed to will be handled with transparency and accountability in all aspects of our organization. The KOGL is committed to delivering a world-class tournament which will showcase international golf in Kenya.

“The tournament has grown in stature over the years, and remains the biggest golfing event in the East Africa region. The Kenya Open is the only tournament in the region which meets and maintains the strict standards set by the Challenge Tour, thus attracting top international players from the Tour and from Africa.”

Alain de Soultrait, Director of the Challenge Tour, said: “It is fantastic news for the Challenge Tour and for the tournament that the Kenya Open is able to attract such a prestigious sponsor as Barclays. For many years Barclays has been strong a supporter of golf on The European Tour, so we are delighted to welcome them onto the Challenge Tour, and look forward to working closely with them for many years to come.”

Last year’s event witnessed an historic first for Kenyan golf, as home favourite Ali Kimani held the lead at the midway stage courtesy of a superb second round of 65.

Kimani eventually finished in a tie for 24th place in an event won by England’s Robert Dinwiddie, who subsequently graduated to The European Tour in eighth place in the final Challenge Tour Rankings.

The roll call of past champions includes the Argentine duo of Ricardo Gonzalez (1998) and Daniel Vancsik (2005) and Dutchman Maarten Lafeber (1999), who have all since tasted success on The European Tour, while the 2000 winner Trevor Immelman went one better in becoming a Major Champion when he won the Masters Tournament in 2007.

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Challenge Tour Member Daniel Barbetti of Argentina secured his third Tour de las Americas (TLA) title at the VI Roberto De Vicenzo Classic

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Daniel Barbetti

Challenge Tour Member Daniel Barbetti of Argentina secured his third Tour de las Americas (TLA) title at the VI Roberto De Vicenzo Classic Copa NEC 2010, held at the San Eliseo Golf & CC.

The 27 year old entered the final round with a healthy four-shot lead, but after closing with a nervy round of 74, he scraped home by a single stroke.

“It’s extremely special to win an event that honours the ‘Maestro’,” said Barbetti after being presented with the trophy by De Vicenzo himself.

An up and down final day at the 7,051-yars, par 72 course consisted of three bogeys, a double bogey and three birdies.

Barbetti said: “There were a few holes I played poorly. I found water three times and then ran into some trouble right at the end. The golf course was not easy at all, and although the wind didn’t blow as hard as it did on Saturday, it’s always a factor at San Eliseo.”

Despite reaching the final hole with a two-stroke lead, Barbetti almost threw the title away with a wayward third shot from the bunker which stopped just short of the out of bounds markers.

“I didn’t realize I had gone so close to being out of bounds, but luckily for me I went on to hit a terrific approach, which was probably my shot of the tournament,” said the winner, who two-putted for a bogey which sealed victory over his countryman Mauricio Molina.

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