Another experienced player that earned a spot on this year’s Web.com Tour was Clodomiro Carranza. The Argentine, with three years of experience competing on the European Tour and another two competing on the Challenge Tour arrived to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica with high expectations both personally and placed on him.
The 30 year-old Cordoba native began his year with two victories on the local Argentine Tour (TPG) with hopes and the goal of finishing among the top-five that would give him the opportunity to play in the United States this season.
His victory in Brazil, the fourth event of the season allowed him to think about the next step in his career, a thought shared by the other winners on Tour aiming for the next step in their careers. Building off the win he had a great season, missing just one cut, surprisingly enough after his win at Sao Fernando Golf Club in Sao Paulo.
Starting his season in Mexico he put himself in good position to win both times heading into the weekend but final rounds of 71 and 72 didn’t allow him to contend on the final stretches. He finished 12th and 9th in his first two starts setting the tone for a consistent rest of the season.
Bogota’s Rincón de Cajicá was a tough challenge for all the competitors and the Rio Cuarto native was able to survive after an opening round 77 to notch a Top-25 at the Colombian Open.
Patience and seizing the moment were Carranza’s keys to winning the Brazil Open presented by Credit Suisse by Hedgin Griffo. A solid start with rounds of 68 & 66 put him in a good spot to battle the inspired play of the leader, Puertorrican Rafa Campos.
A few mistakes during his third round set him back a few spots on the leaderboard but he managed to stay patient and not lose his focus heading into the final round. As Campos experienced the pressure of holding the lead on Sunday and began to falter, Mexico’s Jose de Jesus Rodriguez and Matias O’Curry started making birdies but “Miri” as his friends call him, was not deterred and put himself in position to win. He was not able to convert a birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the tournament and was forced into a playoff with Rodriguez of Mexico.
On the first playoff hole, Carranza took the title after “El Camaron” couldn’t match his par on the hole. The win vaulted him into “Los Cinco,” a spot he wouldn’t leave for the rest of the season.
Following a few weeks off including a missed cut at the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational, he arrived in Perú with a new energy. Four under-par rounds including a 69 on Sunday notched him a second place finish and ascension within the Order of Merit.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s swing through the Caribbean was good for Carranza as me maintained his position among “Los Cinco” but the Arturo Calle Coffee Classic solidified his position on the Order of Merit following a T5 in Cali.
At Olivos in Buenos Aires, Carranza was able to play alongside his good friend and traveling companion on Tour, Ariel Canete, for the final two rounds where they shared the joy of knowing they were on their way to the Web.com Tour. His first round was not typical of his play throughout the season but after play resumed following a weather delay he was able to bounce back with a second round 67 and make the cut. His 65 on Sunday displayed some of the best golf of the season for Carranza where he made seven birdies in eight holes (8-15) and left him with a second place finish in the event and the confirmation that he earned his Web.com Tour status. “This is something I prepared a lot for and I’m glad to see the results of all the hard work pay off in this way,” said Clodomiro who is now looking forward to competing on the pathway to the PGA TOUR: “I have some high expectations for playing in the U.S. it’s a dream I’ve always had and I know all I have to do is work even harder.”