BUENOS AIRES, ARG (October 14, 2012)--Argentina’s Alan Wagner, who last Friday was on the verge of missing his fourth consecutive cut on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s inaugural season, shot a final round 68 to overcome a two shot deficit and win the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC on Sunday. Wagner’s remarkable turn-around had him going from a player barely making the cut to one accepting personal congratulations from the tournament’s namesake, El Maestro Roberto De Vicenzo.
Wagner arrived on the 17th tee tied for the lead when he reeled off back to back birdies for a 68 and the two-shot victory. This win was Wagner’s third as a professional and first on Tour, where he finished at 15 under par-273 at San Eliseo Golf & CC.
“What an incredible feeling. I’m very proud of myself for how I played today, especially towards the end of the round,” said the 23 year old winner who jumped 63 spots to seventh on the Order of Merit.
Playing alongside 54-hole leader Sebastian Saavedra, Wagner attacked early with four birdies in his first six holes. Wagner showed signs that his game was rounding into form during the third round when he made the second hole in one in PGA TOUR Latinoamérica history on the eighth hole. Two bogeys, on holes 8 and 13 slowed his fast start causing him to arrive on the 17th tee in a three way tie for first with Fraustro and Cañete who were already in the clubhouse. Sebastián Saavedra, a good friend of Alan Wagner, shot a final round 77 Sunday dropping him out of the Top-10 for the week.
Any talk or consideration of a playoff was put to rest when Wagner made a twenty-five foot long putt on the par three 17th. With the momentum of the long putt and the down-wing par-five 18th in front of him he confidently hit the green in two and two putted to wrap up the win.
Mexico’s Óscar Fraustro, whose 64 was the low round of the day, tied for second place with Ariel Cañete who moved to first on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Order of Merit.
“I think I earned the win today given how well I played all day, I was very confident on the greens all week, so it was a matter of time before a few of them would start going in,” added Wagner.
Wagner dedicated his victory to Agustina Inçaurgarat, his girlfriend who tragically lost her life in a car accident two years ago returning from a tournament. “I vowed that my next win would be dedicated to her and here it is for her,” he said as he looked to the sky during his emotional acceptance speech which was attend by the tournament’s name sake, Roberto De Vicenzo, winner of 231 worldwide events.
With five of 11 tournaments complete don PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s season there is now a two-week break before the Tour returns to action at the Lexus Perú Open, scheduled for November 1-4 at Los Inkas Golf Club in Lima, Perú.
The intense second half of the season will be a grind, with six tournament in seven weeks being contested to determine which five players will earn 2013 Web.com Tour cards.