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José de Jesús Rodríguez wins Totalplay Championship at Atlas Country Club

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José de Jesús Rodríguez earned his third straight win at Atlas Country Club at the Totalplay Championship. (PGA TOUR Americas)

José de Jesús Rodríguez earned his third straight win at Atlas Country Club at the Totalplay Championship. (PGA TOUR Americas)

    José de Jesús Rodríguez won the Totalplay Championship at Atlas Country Club this weekend. Rodríguez carded bogeys on No. 3 and No. 7 but responded with four birdies in the final eleven holes to stave off his final round playing partners Joey Vrzich and Derek Hitchner to secure victory at the second event of the inaugural PGA TOUR Americas season.

    Rodríguez took the 54-hole lead after a 4-under 67 in the third round and carried that momentum into the final round. After a bogey on No. 7, Rodríguez made birdie on three of the next four holes to re-take possession of the lead. A par on the final hole secured the victory for Rodriguez and held off a late charge by runner-up Jesus Montenegro.

    This is the seventh career PGA TOUR-sanctioned win for Rodríguez on Latin American soil and his third straight at Atlas Country Club. In addition to his win at the Totalplay Championship at Atlas Country Club, the Irapuato, Mexico, native won the Jalisco Open GDL on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica circuit in 2022 and 2023. Rodriguez’s win last year in Guadalajara secured him status on PGA TOUR Americas, as he ended the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season 23rd in the Totalplay Cup standings.

    Rodríguez's history at Atlas Country Club dates back to 2010 when he shot a 62 in a Mexican Tour event to set the course record. With the win, Rodríguez is now a fully exempt member on PGA TOUR Americas for the remainder of the 2024 season.

    Rodríguez is expected to be in the field at the 69th ECP Brazil Open, the third event of the Latin America Swing, which will be hosted at the Rio Olympic Golf Course from April 18-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    About José de Jesús Rodríguez (1st/-14)

    Age: 43
    Birthplace: Irapuato, Mexico
    Residence: Irapuato, Mexico
    College: N/A
    Fortinet Cup: 1st

    • With the win, becomes an exempt member on PGA TOUR Americas for the remainder of the 2024 season and through the Latin America Swing of 2025; earned 500 points and is No. 1 in the Fortinet Cup.
    • Nicknamed “El Camarón” (Shrimp) when he was growing up.
    • His older brother, Rosendo Rodríguez, is his golf coach.
    • Is the third eldest of eight siblings in his family. Rodríguez has three brothers and four sisters.
    • Dropped out of school at the age of 12 to caddy full-time to help provide for his family.
    • Was the winningest player in PGA TOUR Latinoamérica history with six career wins on the circuit.
    • Favorite professional team is UNAM Pumas from the Mexican Football League.
    • Explains that every time he wins a tournament, the first thing he does is thank heaven for it.

    Competition Notes

    Course Setup: Par 71, 7,279 yards; Cumulative average: 70.510

    Weather: Mostly cloudy with a high of 91. Wind from the WSW at 1-12 mph with gusts up to 26 mph.

    • José de Jesús Rodríguez claimed his third PGA TOUR-sanctioned victory at Atlas Country Club.
    • Matthew Anderson, Joey Vrzich and Yuxin Lin claimed the best finishes of their careers at T3 (12-under).
    • Charlie Hillier (T10, 11-under) shot the lowest final round, carding a 6-under 65.
    • Following Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez (1st, 14-under), four additional Latins placed in the top 10: Jesus Montenegro (2nd, 13-under), Jaime Lopez Rivarola (T3, 12-under), Marcos Montenegro (T3, 12-under) and Tommy Cocha (T10, 11-under).
    • Three Canadians finished in the top 10: Matthew Anderson (T3, 12-under), Stuart Macdonald (T3, 12-under) and Thomas Giroux (T10, 11-under).
    • Alan Wagner (Argentina) and Alejandro Madariaga (Mexico) were the two Monday Qualifiers who made the cut, with both Latins finishing T32 (6-under).
    • The course played -.490 strokes under par through the duration of the tournament; the front nine played at +.100, and the back played at -.590.
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