Buenos Aires, Argentina (December 3, 2012) – History and tradition are two key elements that turn a good golf tournament into a great tournament. The strength of its field and a list of great champions make it transcend beyond its host country’s borders and recognized world-wide as a great tournament.
The tournament hosted by the Olivos Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week is one of those tournaments that has earned status as a classic within the Latin American region. It was established in 1961 as “Torneo de Maestros” and beginning this year it has been rebranded as the Olivos Golf Classic on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The tournament brought Olivos Golf Club some most of golf’s top names over the years. Superstars like Jack Nicklaus, Bernhard Langer, Severiano Ballesteros, Tom Watson, Vijay Singh, Paul Azinger, Payne Stewart, Gary Player and Tom Lehman all competed here. They all took on the challenge of this magnicent Luther Koontz design.
This year, with the arrival of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, the time has come for a new generation of up-and-coming stars to carry the torch and find their way to stardom. This new generation of Latin American talents is represented by players such as Argentina’s Tommy Cocha, Mexico’s Sebastián Vázquez, Colombia’s Andrés Echavarría and Puerto Rico’s Rafael Campos just to a name few of those under the age of 25 who have shown their huge potential throughout this season.
As the penultimate event on the Tour’s inaugural season, the Olivos Golf Classic Copa Personal is critical for those players who want to make a late season run at “Los Cinco” – the Top 5 players from the Order of Merit who will graduate to the Web.com Tour in twelve days. Once on the Web.com Tour these competitors will be only one step away from the PGA TOUR.
The 144-player field from seventeen countries is eager to show the expected large Buenos Aires’ galleries the talent they have to offer. Matías O’Curry, a 30-year old who learned to play the game on this same course located North of the Great Buenos Aires area, is among the players to watch this week.
“Although the course looks quite wide at first sight, you really have to play well off the tee. The rough is very difficult and the greens are fast, so it’s critical to hit the fairways. Anyone playing well on these fast greens will have a great advantage this week,” commented the winner of the Arturo Calle Colombian Open last September, currently ranked third on the Tour’s Order of Merit.
The 6,777-yard par-71 at Olivos has been named to Golf Digest’s 100 best golf courses around the world. The way its holes change direction, with several doglegs both right and left, demands great precision off the tee. If you take a closer look, you’ll realize why the blue jacket, a perk of winning at Olivos GC, has been claimed by the likes of Roberto De Vicenzo, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman and Ángel Cabrera.