The player of Venezuela was unbeatable in the Jockey Club with 270 strokes and took six strokes of advantage Andres Romero, his immediate escort. Vegas, which this year gained access to the PGA Tour, became the twentieth international player to win the Open.
Closing an ideal year, where he became the first Venezuelan to enter the PGA Tour after a great job on the Nationwide Tour in the United States, the 26-year career took the top prize of Argentina to win the Jockey Club ARGENTINA VISA 105 ° OPEN. He did so after completing four perfect rounds, where he imposed on local figures to present cards of 68, 66, 65 and 71.
After the paths breaks on Friday and Saturday due to adverse weather conditions, Vegas was the most regular of the event and perfectly adapted to the rugged path of play. Sunday morning found him with the obligation to complete a remnant of 10 holes for the third round, a situation that easily circumvented with four birdies and just one bogey, showing only a foretaste of things to come in the afternoon and cutting to six the distance to Andres Romero.
And the story then turned to Vegas for a little the regularity of the Venezuelan and partly because when he was caught again Tucuman ghosts of the first nine holes, as happened in the definition of this championship in 2009 when he lost against Cesar Costilla. “Again as in Nordelta” Romero told a reporter in hole 4 of the final round. The beginning of Tucuman was so adverse (+6 in the first nine) that quickly took leave of the tournament and opened the way for the native of Maturin.
“I think I had a good week and I was pretty regular. I started the final 18 holes with a big enough margin but with the pressure of knowing he had great players back, could not be mistaken” said the winner of the Wichita Open on the NATIONWIDE Tour. “I believe I was aggressive in my game and did not have many mistakes, and the putter appeared at important moments and allowed me to stay on top,” said Vegas, who became the first Venezuelan to win this championship.
Vegas, which will debut as a regular on the PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii the second week of January, made clear on Monday he wanted to leave his mark on Argentina, which left a mark: “I’m going back next year to defend the title (the tournament will be played at Pilar Golf Club). I never saw so many people in a golf tournament in South America, the field is one of the best I played in my life and if this were not enough, the trophy was delivered to me by the “Maestro” Roberto De Vicenzo. This is unbelievable” said the champion who finished with 270 strokes and six of advantage over Andres Romero, who won last week the “Torneo the Maestros” at Olivos Golf Club. Romero finally holed a good birdie putt in the 18th (designed my Allister Mackenzie based on the 18th hole of Saint Andrews Old Course) for round of 71 (+1).
Behind both finished in third place Alan Wagner (70 in the final round and the best performance of 2010), Scott Dunlap (67 was the winner of this tournament in 1999), Rafael Echenique (68, wiiner in 2006), all with 278 strokes (-2).
The Pereyra Iraola Cup was defined in the seventh playoff hole
Pereyra Iraola Cup, the trophy given to the best amateur golfer participating on the Argentina Open with Pros (only 13 golfers played this year) was won by Thomas Baik, whom he defeated in a thrilling seven-hole playoff the winner of 2009, Emiliano Grillo (one of the players that represented Argentina two months ago in the World Amateur Golf Championship played at Buenos Aires Golf Club).
The definition was really exciting. Emiliano Grillo, Thomas Baik halved the 15th place of the VISA OPEN in a great performance and then had to resolve on a seven-hole playoff to determine the amateur contest. In the difficult par 3 of 203 yards 17th, the amateur player from Cordoba Jockey Club, made a great tee shot, leaving the ball only 6 feet and holing after his putt for birdie, while Grillo missed the green on the left and wasn’t able to make approach and putt from there.
This is the first victory for Thomas Baik, defeating the defending champion, who also won it in 2007.