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Matthew Anderson wins 69th ECP Brazil Open

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Matthew Anderson used a final-round 69 to capture a one-stroke victory at the 69th ECP Brazil Open. (Gregory Villalobos/PGA TOUR)

Matthew Anderson used a final-round 69 to capture a one-stroke victory at the 69th ECP Brazil Open. (Gregory Villalobos/PGA TOUR)

    Written by Staff @PGATOUR

    Matthew Anderson carded his third consecutive sub-70 round to win the 69th ECP Brazil Open at the Rio Olympic Golf Course. Anderson was one shot off the lead after 16 holes but rallied to make back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to secure his maiden victory as a professional.

    Anderson’s breakthrough win comes after T21 and T3 finishes at the season-opening Bupa Championship at Tulum and the Totalplay Championship at Atlas Country Club. Anderson’s victory vaults him into the No. 1 spot in the Fortinet Cup season-long ranking through three tournaments.

    The Mississauga, Ontario native is the first Canadian to win on PGA TOUR Americas and has registered six top-25s since he turned pro last summer. Anderson found success early in his career by winning the 2019 Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship. He was selected for the Golf Canada team in 2021-22 and has been part of the team since.

    Prior to turning pro, Anderson came off an impressive finish in his graduate season at the University of San Francisco, earning All-American honors after notching a top-15 finish at the 2023 NCAA Championships. From there, Anderson gained status on PGA TOUR Canada via a fourth-place finish at the PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament. He finished 50th in the 2023 Fortinet Cup standings to gain membership into the inaugural PGA TOUR Americas season.

    Anderson is expected to be in the field at the Diners Club Peru Open, the fourth event of the Latin America Swing, which will be hosted at Los Inkas Golf Club from April 25-28 in Lima, Peru.

    About Matthew Anderson (winner/16-under)

    Age: 24
    Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario
    Residence: Phoenix, Arizona
    College: University of San Francisco
    Fortinet Cup: First

    • Credits his dad for introducing him to golf at a young age, saying that he picked up the game when he was two and started hitting balls in his grandmother’s living room.
    • Played his first round on an official golf course at the age of four and played in his first tournament at eight.
    • Finished 11th and earned All-American honors at the 2023 NCAA Championships.
    • Travels with friend and fellow PGA TOUR Americas member Johnny Travale during tournament weeks.
    • Played hockey for 12 years, shoots the puck left-handed but plays golf right-handed.
    • Always carries four tees and his lucky Tito’s ball marker in his pocket when he’s playing.
    • Favorite sports team is the Toronto Maple Leafs, favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant.
    • Favorite musical artist is Drake, favorite song is “Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott.

    Competition Notes

    Course Setup: Par 71/7,162 yards; Cumulative average: 70.380
    Weather: Sunny with a high of 80. Wind from the east at 3-8 mph with gusts up to 16 mph.

    • Jonathan De Los Reyes set the course record at the Rio Olympic Golf Course after carding a 10-under 61 in the second round of the 69th ECP Brazil Open. De Los Reyes finished T6.
    • Holes 12 and 13 were the most challenging holes at Rio Olympic Golf Course; averaging a +.340. Over the course of the weekend, only 45 birdies were made compared to 184 bogeys across the two holes.
    • Hole 5 was the lowest scoring hole at the Rio Olympic Golf Course, with a -0.510 scoring average and 166 birdies and 21 eagles carded.
    • Anderson is the second player to earn his first professional win on PGA TOUR Americas: Clay Feagler earned his first professional win at the season-opening Bupa Championship at Tulum.
    • Rodrigo Lee finished as the low Brazilian after finishing T8 (11-under). Lee is expected to make his second start of the season at the Diners Club Peru Open, and is in the field as an unrestricted sponsor exemption.
    • 60 players made the cut at 3-under or better.
    • Ivan Camilo Ramirez (T56/1-under) became the first Colombian to make a start and make the cut in a PGA TOUR Americas event.

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