Córdoba, Argentina (April 20, 2014) - The close difference between Los Cinco shows the parity that this 2014 NEC Series PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season is having thus far after five tournaments and five different champions.
A solo third in Cordoba, Argentina took Marcelo Rozo to the top and just ahead of William Kropp. With his victory in Villa Allende, Rozo climbed 11 spots and now ranks second.
The other three winners of the 2014 events hold the other three spots, with David Vanegas leading Daniel Mazziotta and Armando Favela. The Colombian hasn't missed a cut in all four events in which he participated.
The one who lost his privileged position in Los Cinco was Rick Cochran III, who dropped to sixth place, despite being in the top 30 in Villa Allende. The American who had three second-place finishes in his first four appearances is a name to keep an eye on.
Take a closer look at Los Cinco after 83rd Abierto OSDE del Centro:
1) Marcelo Rozo (Colombia) $38,091
The winner this season in Guadalajara was close to getting a third title in his NEC Series PGA TOUR Latinoamérica career in Argentina. He finished in third place, which was good enough for a spot on top of the Order of Merit. Rozo maximized his power and took advantage of the par 5s at Cordoba Golf Club (he played them in 6-under) and complemented with his usual tidiness.
2) William Kropp (USA) $37,140
Only five bogeys in the last 54 holes is a great number for this 24-year-old who is quickly showing his talent in Latin America. His 18 birdies at Villa Allende speak to the ability of the No. 2 of Los Cinco to score well on any kind of course.
3) David Vanegas (Colombia) $35,258
A lousy third-round 80 left him far from the leaders at the 83rd Abierto OSDE del Centro and cost him the top position at the top of the Order of Merit. The Colombian made all of his cuts this season and is showing consistency throughout the season.
4) Daniel Mazziotta (USA) $33,413
He didn't have a good tournament in Cordoba and missed the cut for the second time in five events. His good putting on the green gives him hope for the next stop at Montevideo.
5 ) Armando Favela (Mexico) $31,976
He didn’t play Córdoba, despite having starred in 2013, as he was in Mexico playing the Web.com Tour event last week. He will return to Latinoamerica this week to Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC, where he will try to regain the lost spots.
This is full list of the Order of Merit after five events. Los Cinco.