Cordoba, Argentina (April 15, 2014) - After three weeks of facing relatively new courses, the NEC Series PGA TOUR Latinoamérica comes to a design with a lot of history. Built in 1928, the Cordoba Golf Club presents very challenging holes where you have to know where to place the ball. Strategy will be very important and those who have the local knowledge and patience to play will have an advantage.
After the remodel it went through (with the advice of Ángel Cabrera and Eduardo Romero), the course more reflects the modern game. Some bunkers were moved and some were added to unify the design, but also preserve the style and personality of the course. The narrow fairways and greens with lots of movement are characteristic of this new design. The driver can mostly be left in the bag since it's not very long at only 6,878 yards.
Here are 10 players who could take home a trophy this week.
1) Angel Cabrera (Argentina)
Eight wins on this course and all the history and experience of "El Pato" are enough reasons to trust in the beloved son of the Cordoba Golf Club.
2) Nelson Ledesma (Argentina)
The best Argentine player of the season, with two top 5s so far in 2014. Nelson finished fifth last year in Cordoba and will make the most of this opportunity to play at home.
3) David Chung (USA)
The 24-year-old former world No. 1 amateur has three top 15s this season. Chung lost the 2010 U.S. Amateur final to Peter Uilhein, which allowed him to play the Masters and U.S. Open in 2011 . At 14, he also lost the U.S. Junior Amateur final.
4) Daniel Mazziotta (USA)
The Mundo Maya Open winner showed his talent by winning by four strokes on a very complicated course. Villa Allende was the hardest track last year and Mazziotta can have another good performance, even if it is his debut in Cordoba.
5) Sebastian Saavedra (Argentina)
He arrives to Cordoba with high confidence after winning last week's Abierto Norpatagónico on the Developmental Series. His stready, tidy game will help on a course that requires playing from the fairway.
6) Rick Cochran III (USA)
Three second places in four events makes him a natural favorite this week. He is a player who makes very few bogeys throughout the season (only 11 percent) and that is very important on this course.
7) Santiago Russi (Chile)
Another player who played well at Cordoba Golf Club last year. He finished fifth with a final round of 68. He started the season with two top 25s.
8) José Manuel Garrido (Colombia)
The experienced player from Colombia won the last event of the Tour Argos in his country. He finished fourth at the Arturo Calle Colombian Open. He played here often on the former Tour de las Americas.
9) Clodomiro Carranza (Argentina)
After his 2013 season on the Web.com Tour, he wants to be in the winner's circle again. He played very well last week on the Developmental Series in Bahia Blanca.
10) Mauricio Azcué (Mexico)
The Mexican led last at Abierto OSDE Del Centro after 54 holes. This year he began with two top 10s in four events.