La Romana, Dominican Republic (May 19, 2014) - Although the feeling was bittersweet after wasting a four-stroke lead with less than nine holes to play, Rick Cochran III put another brick in his long term goal to stay within Los Cinco.
Not only is he still adding more money to his account, but after his second place at the DR Open 2014, he is now the leader of Los Cinco: "What is important is to be close every week to reach the ultimate goal," said Cochran III who now totals four second-place finishes in seven starts. He’s the first in the history of Los Cinco to get to No. 1 without having won.
Michael Buttacavoli managed to climb the leaderboard with his victory at Teeth of the Dog and now he is in 7th place, less than $1,500 from the fifth place (Daniel Mazziotta).
Another who climbed on the list was the Argentine Julian Etulain, who now ranks 11th, after his third place in the DR Open.
The top 10 of the Order of Merit has six Americans, two Colombians, a Mexican and an Argentine.
Los Cinco after the Dominican Republic Open 2014:
1) Rick Cochran III (USA) $49,069
His numbers throughout the season are astonishing. He has finished second four times in seven events and his consistency and talent is envied by many. Cochran III has an average score of 69.8 and one of his keys to success is that he makes birdie on 56 percent of the par-5s he plays. He has missed only one cut in 2014.
2) Marcelo Rozo (Colombia) $44,642
He finished 34 ° after three good rounds, but a bad round on Saturday (77 shots) kept him away from fighting for the tournament. Despite losing the first spot, he has high confidence and is a player to be considered each and every week.
3) William Kropp (USA) $42,615
The winner of 83 ° ABierto OSDE del Centro added another top 5 (second of the year) which allowed him to open a gap with their pursuers. Kropp, however, shows some irregularity having missed three cuts so far in 2014.
4) David Vanegas (Colombia) $35,258
The Colombian, who began the season on top of Los Cinco, is slowly losing pace and his game has lost strength. Vanegas missed the cut for the second consecutive week, with no rounds under par. He needs to get back on track to keep what has been achieved in the first part of the season.
5) Daniel Mazziotta (USA) $33,413
After his victory in Merida, he missed the next three cuts. The title in the Mundo Maya Open and T4 in Colombia allow Mazziotta to still be within Los Cinco but his pursuers are getting close.