Bogota, Colombia (October 29, 2013) – The season is down to its last five events and players need to find their best game in order to have a shot at a spot among “Los Cinco,” the top five players who will earn Web.com Tour status next year. The following are our top players to watch at the San Andrés Golf Club, a golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the late 1940s that remains one of Colombia’s finest.
1. Ryan Blaum, USA
Ryan Blaum is a force to be reckoned with after his win in Rio de Janeiro, his second win in his last three Tour starts. This week’s course demands great precision off the tee and that has been one of his greatest strengths lately.
2. Oscar Álvarez, Colombia
With only two top-10 finishes this season, this talented Colombian has been flying under the radar this season. The motivation of being in his home country and the hard work he has put in over the past few weeks could finally give him an opportunity to shine.
3. Manuel Villegas, Colombia
He is the only Colombian who has won a NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event (last March in Mexico) and he would love to be the first to win in his country as well. Consistently in contention week in and week out, he will probably be in position on Sunday.
4. Sebastián Fernández, Argentina
This tournament’s defending champion arrives with the inspiration a recent victory provides. He won the inaugural Andrés Romero Invitational on the Argentine Tour last Saturday, with an average of six birdies per round.
5. César Costilla, Argentina
He is another Argentine who is raising his game. He is coming off his best two performances of the season, finishing T4 in Puerto Rico and T18 in Brazil. He also has confidence after playing really well in his last three starts on the Argentine Tour, which included a win at Abierto de Misiones.
6. Vince India, USA
The 24-year old has made it to Colombia after successfully advancing to the Second Stage of the Web.com Tour’s Qualifying Tournament. He has had four top-20 finishes this season and has the talent to have a stronger week.
7. José de Jesús Rodríguez, Mexico
Although he didn’t have a chance to contend in his last two starts, the Order of Merit No. 1 is a man who should always be considered. With other players closing in on his lead, he is likely to rebound with a strong performance.
8. Nicolás Geyger, Chile
We have yet to see a Chilean player win on Tour and Geyger could be the first. He has been putting together some good rounds lately and his consistency could be the key this week.
9. Mackenzie Hughes, Canada
This 23-year-old will be making his first career starts in Latin America after securing his 2014 Web.com Tour card as the No. 1 player from PGA TOUR Canada. He is coming off a strong summer in which he collected a win and three top-3 finishes.
10. José Manuel Garrido, Colombia
This experienced player from Cali, Colombia collected a victory only a couple of weeks ago in an event valid for both the Colombian Argos Tour and the Developmental Series. Keep in mind that last year he lost a playoff to Sebastián Fernández for the title at this event.