Grew up in poverty in Paraguay. Family of nine shared a one-room, dirt-floor home.
Father was a greens superintendent and caddie at course in Asuncion.
All five of his brothers became golf professionals. Brother Angel won the 1993 Dominion Open on Web.com Tour.
Appointed Minister De Deportes (Minister of Sports) in 1999.
Raised more than $700,000 for needy patients at hospitals in Asuncion, including victims from the Aug. 1, 2004 fire that claimed nearly 500 lives.
Has often played in events without warming up.