Cordoba, Argentina (April 16, 2013) – Following a three-week break PGA TOUR Latinoamérica resumes its 2013 season with the 82nd Abierto OSDE del Centro at the Cordoba Golf Club.
Coming just short of claiming his second Green Jacket after a memorable final round at The Masters, Ángel Cabrera adds more attention to a strong field of 139 players from 24 countries battling for this storied tournament.
The Argentine players – a total of 54 this week – are quite used to playing here and know most of the course’s secrets, although it underwent several changes since 2011. The course renovation was supervised by both Cabrera and Eduardo Romero, both of whom are the pride of Villa Allende.
One of the most significant renovations made involved the bunkers, with several cross-bunkers being relocated, added or removed. The main goal was to unify the design, preserving the course’s old style and personality.
The Cordoba Golf Club’s course opened in 1928 and features narrow fairways and lots of movement on its greens. As with any old-school golf course it is critical to position the ball and at just 6,878 yards, this par-71 doesn’t give competitors much of a chance to hit the driver.
Under this week’s circumstances and layout, the following are ten players with a good shot at claiming this PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event:
1. Jorge Fernández Valdés (Argentina) Born and raised in Cordoba and also a Cordoba Golf Club member, the young man better known here as “Jorgito,” knows the course quite well. Living in Miami since February he makes it back to his hometown following a final round of 66 that helped him earn PGA TOUR Canada conditional status last week at the Qualifying Tournament played in California. Fernández-Valdéz has been playing consistent golf this season and enters this tournament as the fifth ranked player on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Order of Merit.
2. Ángel Cabrera (Argentina) A seven-time winner of this tournament, which he calls the “fifth major” on his yearly schedule, Cabrera is playing in his backyard this week. He was born only a few blocks away from the club and learned the game while working as a caddie here. He is coming off a terrific week at The Masters and the only factor that could limit his chances here is fatigue.
3. José Toledo (Guatemala) After claiming medalist honors at PGA TOUR Canada’s Qualifying Tournament last Saturday in California – where he shot 15-under par 273 – Toledo is playing at his best. He was also the medalist at PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s qualifier last February and could win a tournament sooner than later.
4. Oscar Serna (Mexico) His consistency helped him claim a couple of top 15s to start the season last month. Another factor in his favor was the experience he earned last year on the Web.com Tour, where he had two top 25 finishes.
5. Andrés Romero (Argentina) A PGA TOUR member and former champion, Romero won this tournament by four shots over Cabrera in 2009. He had a very good performance only a few weeks ago at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com and feels quite comfortable whenever he plays here in Villa Allende.
6. Max Scodro (USA) A native of Chicago who had a solid career at Notre Dame, this rookie carded a couple rounds in the 60s to claim his first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica top 20 a few weeks ago in Guadalajara. He is another player traveling from California, where he finished 14th to earn his PGA TOUR Canada card on Saturday.
7. César Costilla (Argentina) After a disappointing 2012 season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Costilla is looking for an opportunity to redeem himself this year. As the tournament’s defending champion he has a good chance this week.
8. Manuel Villegas (Colombia) His victory in Guadalajara last month is expected to provide the spark he needs to take his game to another level. He showed great maturity in earning his PGA TOUR Latinoamérica title and that could help him play with even more confidence.
9. Alfredo Adrián (Venezuela) A native of Maracay, Adrian has posted five rounds under par this season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, with a T6 finish at the season opening 55th Abierto Mexicano de Golf. He teamed up with Jhonattan Vegas to tie for 12th at the 2009 World Cup and has a chance to surprise.
10. Ted Purdy (USA) The champion of the season opening Abierto Mexicano de Golf has made it two top 10s in as many starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. He enters this third event of the season as the leading player among “Los Cinco” and has plenty of experience by his side as a former PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour champion.