In a season that was draped mostly in Argentina’s Blue & White, Oscar Fraustro ensured that Mexico’s tri-colored flag was also represented on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The Mexico City native not only battled Argentines for the Order of Merit title but also battled two-time Major Champion Angel Cabrera on his home soil, at the last event of the season, the 107 Visa Open de Argentina.
Ask anyone associated with the Negra Modelo Tour, Mexico’s National golf Tour, about Fraustro and you would get a unanimous “he’s a player to watch” by all who know him. He quickly showed of the scuttlebutt was right as he proved his credentials on home soil with a second place finish in his opening event of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season, a foreshadowing of what the 30 year old player would show us for the rest of the season.
Next week in Monterrey, he earned a Top-15 finish with a final round 68. This became a trend for Fraustro’s season, where he’d shoot a low final round that would vault him up the leaderboard to score good checks and add to his Order of Merit total.
Four solid rounds and a T-21 finish at the Arturo Calle Colombian Open allowed him to stay within “Los Cinco” on the Order of Merit, but a stumble in Sao Paulo, Brasil would drop him outside of the Top-five for the first and last time of the season.
His place outside of “Los Cinco” wouldn’t last long, after a final round 64 at the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC in Buenos Aires vaulted him back into the top-five, a spot he wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season.
His next stop, in Lima Peru, the Scottsdale, Arizona resident did what he did best which was shoot a low round on Sunday that put him in 26th place to finish the week and maintain his position on the Order of Merit.
Upon arrival at Cana Bay GC, in Punta Cana Dominican Republic he decided to make his boldest statement. Accompanied by his wife for the week, the relaxed Fraustro, was faced with stiff winds and many water hazards, typical of a Jack Nicklaus design. “I studied in Florida, so I’m used to these kinds of courses,” said the University of Southern Florida graduate. His opening rounds of 70 put him in the mix at the Dominican Republic Open, a tournament that experienced some weather delays.
On Saturday he was only able to complete four holes, but when play re-started on Sunday he fired a third-round 67 to grab the lead. The final round saw a tight leaderboard at the top, but the player from Mexico seized an opportunity late in the back nine and made two birdies to earn the win. “I knew I had to win a tournament to give myself a chance at earning my Web.com Tour card and I was able to accomplish that,” said the new Number two on the Order of Merit.
After a solid showing in Cali (fifth place), his arrival in Buenos Aires brought with it some doubts in his swing. “My practice sessions were terrible, and my first round was my worst on Tour (79), so I talked with my coach (Rafael Alarcón), I sent him a video of my swing and he had me make a few modifications that helped me the rest of the week.” Those modifications done from afar helped the Mexican battle one-on-one with Ángel Cabrera for one of the oldest titles in the world. His second round 67 put him at the top of the leaderboard and put him in position to play alongside the two-time Major Champion, a dream of all these young players on Tour starting their careers. He was faced however, with a Cabrera at the top of his game, and despite a late charge featuring an eagle-birdie-eagle run on holes 13-15 which put him in the lead, he would have to settle for a solid second place finish.
“I’m very happy to have accomplished my goal this season, it’s very ‘padre’ to represent my country and it would be great if my accomplishments will encourage some kids to take up the game and compete.” His impressive feats on the golf course along with his generous nature and willingness to give of his time for media and other outside obligations are the first step in what looks to be a career on the right path.
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