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Uruguay shines with Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC

The historical course, designed by Alister Mackenzie, will start the sixth stage of the 2014 season on Thursday.

A scenic view of the 13 hole of Club de Golf de Uruguay. Photo E.Berardi/PGA TOUR

Montevideo, Uruguay (April 22, 2014) - The inaugural Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC last year was quite the success.

The NEC Series PGA TOUR Latinoamérica returns this week to the Club de Golf del Uruguay.

Last year Mexican Jose de Jesus Rodriguez took the first step on his way to Web.com Tour. He overcame a playoff with American Timothy O'Neal and Argentine Sebastian Saavedra, after finishing with 271 strokes, 17 under par.

Again this year the 6,649 yard, par-72 course will delight our players with their undulating greens and the challenge of having to put the ball in the right place to attack each flag. Mackenzie, already in the Hall of Fame for his great golf designs, commented that this was one of the best lands on which he worked. He arrived here in 1930 and prepared the plans, which are still kept as a treasure in one of the rooms of the club.

Like last year, the tournament pays tribute to Roberto De Vicenzo, the best player born in Latinoamérica, with 231 victories worldwide. "El Maestro" is closely linked to the Tour as the award for best player of the season also has his name.  

The course, located in Punta Carretas, was visited by great names in world golf such as Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and of course, Roberto De Vicenzo who in 1949 established the course record of 268 strokes, 20 under par. 

Last year the wind was not a factor during the four-day event, but it could be this week, which would greatly complicate the ability to score low, as the wind coming from the Rio de la Plata fluctuates. 

"This course depends greatly on the wind, the scores can be very different if it blows or not," says Juan Ignacio Lizarralde, the only Uruguayan member of the NEC Series PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, who began his career playing the courses of Punta Carretas.

Offering spectacular views of the Rio de la Plata and the city of Montevideo, the Golf Club of Uruguay is ready to receive again the Latin American talents.

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