Quito, Ecuador (September 28, 2014) – A chip-in for birdie at the par-four No. 14 vaulted Jacksonville, Florida’s Tyler McCumber to an impressive five-stroke victory at the All You Need is Ecuador Openthis Sunday afternoon.
McCumber had reached the 14th hole in a two-way tie for the lead with 54-hole leader Mauricio Azcué of Mexico, but his chip-in and a bogey by Azcué suddenly found him in front by two shots. A couple of birdies on 16 and 17 helped him run away from the field at the Quito Tenis y Golf Club.
His five-stroke margin of victory turned out to be the largest recorded over the last two seasons of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, which kicked-off here the second half of its 2014 season.
Holding a one shot lead to start the final round, Azcué posted a 76 to join Guatemala’s José Toledo, 70, Colombia’s Marcelo Rozo, 71, and Australia’s Mitch Krywulycz, 71, in a four-way tie for the second spot.
“It feels great. It’s definitely an honor to make it on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. It’s been a lot of hard work this year and it’s been a rollercoaster ride, so it’s nice to get some results,” the 23-year old champion.
Son of Mark McCumber, a 10-time PGA TOUR champion, Tyler collected in Ecuador his first career win in fifteen months as a professional player.
Claimed this title at age 23 years, 5 months, 24 days to become the fifth youngest player to win on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The victory moved him into the fourth spot in the Order of Merit, inside “Los Cinco” who will advance to the Web.com Tour at the conclusion of the season. He had entered the week ranked No. 18 in the Order of Merit.
Today’s was his seventh consecutive top-25 finish this season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, where he has made the cut in 8 of his 9 starts.
He is the ninth different winner of nine Tour events played this season.
He is also the fifth player from the United States to win this season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The other four titles have belonged to Latin American players.