Bogota, Colombia (November 4, 2013) – The Arturo Calle Colombian Classic presented by Avianca had a very exciting finish, with four of the Order of Merit’s top 5 players – Los Cinco – in contention. The tournament helped those players strengthen their positions in order to move closer to the Web.com Tour.
Following the season-ending 108th VISA Open de Argentina the players holding the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica top 5 spots will own a Web.com Tour card for 2014. The way most of them played at the San Andrés Golf Club in Bogota confirmed their strength as Tour’s leaders.
Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez claimed his second win of the season on Sunday and is clearly ahead in the race. He enjoys a lead of $30,000 over Florida’s Ryan Blaum, a player who has won twice on his last four Tour starts.
The consistency Rodríguez shows week in and week out will make your think that he will just keep adding points on his way to reaching the goal of earning the Web.com Tour card.
“It’s very nice, it’s a dream we’ve always had, being in this type of event. The most important step is still ahead of us, which is advancing to the Web.com Tour and then to the PGA TOUR. That’s the dream all golfers have,” Rodríguez said on Sunday after defeating Colombia’s Manuel Villegas in a two-hole playoff for the title.
The only top 5 player who missed the cut in Bogota was Argentina’s Jorge Fernández-Valdés, who at 21 is the youngest player within those five. Fernández-Valdés had entered last week’s event ranked No. 3, but lost a spot after Colombia’s Manuel Villegas kept his good pace with a runner-up finish to move ahead of him.
Timothy O’Neal, a player who remained somewhat quiet after his win at the Colombian Open in May, made his presence felt with a T3 finish. Although he dropped a spot and now ranks No. 5, O’Neal managed to earn valuable points to open the gap with those outside Los Cinco..