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JORGE FERNANDEZ-VALDES

ARG

Exempt Status: Tournament Winners.

Height: 1.79 m / 5-11.

Weight: 67 kg / 147 lbs.

Born 06.Aug.1992.

Turned PRO in 2012.

His birthplace is Córdoba, Argentina.

Currently residing in Miami, Florida, USA.

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Key Facts

PGA TOUR LATINOAMÉRICA VICTORIES: (2) 2013 Mundo Maya Open 2014 Abierto de Chile

PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica member 2012-2014. Web.com Tour member in 2014.

2014: Made the cut in 7 of his 20 starts on the Web.com Tour, where he finished the season ranked No. 136 on the money list to drop his card. His only top-25 was a T12 finish at the Chile Classic in March… Came back to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, where he had a very strong run between September and December to finish the season ranked No. 5 among the top-5 players (Los Cinco) who secured Web.com Tour status for the 2015 season… Became the first player to finish inside the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica top-5 twice… Had five top-10s and eight top-25s while missing only one cut in ten starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica… Had an average of 69.19 strokes in 37 rounds played for the lowest scoring average of the season… Carded a 68 on the final round of the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Mazatlan Open to finish in a two-way tie for first with Tyler McCumber at 10-under 278. Bogeyed the playoff hole to lose to McCumber who carded a par. This was his second career runner-up finish on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica… Halfway through November he won the Hyundai – BBVA 88th Abierto de Chile to become the youngest two-time champion ever on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica at age 22 years, 3 months, 10 days. Posted rounds of 68-62-71-70 to win by two strokes at 17-under 271 at the Club de Golf Los Leones in the capital city of Chile. Matched the course record with a 10-under 62 in the second round and kept the outright lead the rest of the way. This victory was his fourth top-6 finish in seven starts during the first half of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season. The $27,000 winner’s check moved him up to the fourth spot in the Order of Merit with just two events left to play in the season.

2013: Finished the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season ranked No. 4 in the Order of Merit to join “Los Cinco” who earned Web.com Tour status for the 2014 season… Collected a victory, five top-5 finishes and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts… Won the Mundo Maya Open on April 19 at the Yucatan CC in Merida, Mexico to become the youngest PGA TOUR Latinoamérica champion ever at age 20 years, 9 months, 13 days. Posted rounds of 67, 69, 68 and 73 to win by one at 11-under par 277. In addition to being his first Tour win it was also his first career win in only six months as a professional player… Started the season with a T3 finish at the 55th Abierto Mexicano de Golf. Held that event’s 54-hole lead by one shot… Finished T5 at the 82nd Abierto OSDE del Centro in his hometown of Cordoba, Argentina in April and at the Dominican Republic Open in Punta Cana in June… Finished seventh at the Lexus Peru Open in November and T8 at the 66th Arturo Calle Colombian Open in May… Made his Web.com Tour first start courtesy of a sponsor exemption to play the Brasil Classic in Sao Paulo, Brazil in April. Finished T52 following four rounds of par or better… Carded four rounds in the 60’s to finish fourth at The Wildfire Invitational on PGA TOUR Canada in September. Made seven cuts in eight starts on PGA TOUR Canada.

2012: Had a runner-up finish, four top 25s and made five cuts in seven starts to finish the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season as the 27th ranked player on the Order of Merit… In only his fourth start as a pro, he posted rounds of 67, 69, 69 and 71 for an impressive runner-up finish at the Puerto Rico Classic, an event he led through 36 holes in November. Finished two strokes behind Mexico’s Sebastián Vázquez… Made his debut as a professional with a T20 at the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC only five weeks earlier... In June, earned full exempt status at the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Qualifying School in Buenos Aires, Argentina by defeating his countryman Franco Romero in a playoff for the 20th spot.

AMATEUR CAREER: Had a brilliant career as an amateur, representing Argentina in several international events throughout the world… A member of the Argentine National Team that won the 2009 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan… Boys 15-17 runner-up at the 2010 Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, California… Claimed medalist honors at the 2008 US Junior Amateur… In his first of three starts at the World Amateur Team Championship, he finished tenth on the individual standings in 2008 (Australia) at the age of 16… Two-time winner of the Pereyra Iraola Cup as low amateur at the Argentine Open in 2008 and 2011… Led the Argentine Amateur Ranking at the end of the 2011-12 season… Also finished first on the Argentine U-18 and U-15 rankings.

PERSONAL: Named after his father and grandfather, but is better known as Jorgito to differentiate him from them… Got started in golf at the age of 5 when his family moved to a Country Club that had a golf course… A member of Cordoba Golf Club in his hometown of Cordoba, Argentina… His older sister Lucía, who is three years older than him, studied and played golf at Jacksonville State University in Alabama… Loves to get together with his friends and enjoys playing tennis… Favorite course played is Ocean Forest GC in Sea Island, Ga… Favorite professional team is San Antonio Spurs… Favorite TV show is "Show Match" in Argentina and favorite movie is "Man on Fire"… Favorite entertainer is David Guetta and athlete is Roger Federer… Favorite vacation spot is Punta Cana in Dominican Republic… Favorite meal is the Argentine style “asado” (BBQ)… Dream foursome would include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott… Would like to trade places with soccer's Sergio Agüero, who happens to be one of the partners at the firm that manages him… Instagram: @jorgitofv

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