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The stats that illustrate Hispanic players' growing impact on TOUR

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The stats that illustrate Hispanic players' growing impact on TOUR

    Written by Staff

    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! The month long celebration, which lasts from Sept. 15 toOct. 15, recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean.

    The PGA TOUR would like to acknowledge the Hispanic and Latino golfers, fans, employees, volunteers and partners that have positively contributed towards our society and organization. In honor of this tradition, we’ve compiled the following statistics to illustrate the growing impact that Hispanic and Latino players are having on the PGA TOUR.

    The World Golf Hall of Fame has enshrined Hispanic players like Seve Ballesteros, Lee Trevino, Jose Maria Olazabal, Lorena Ochoa, Nancy Lopez, Roberto De Vicenzo and Chi Chi Rodriguez. A growing number of young Hispanic players are making their name known on the PGA TOUR. Earlier this year, Jon Rahm joined Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach No. 1 in the world ranking.

    Four Hispanic players – Rahm, Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz, Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann – qualified for the recent TOUR Champinship.

    Munoz, Ancer and Niemann are three friends who form an exciting trio of young Latin players who are thriving on TOUR.

    Munoz, 27, is the defending champion of this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship. He finished eighth in the 2020 FedExCup standings.

    Niemann, 21, and Ancer, 29, played on last year’s International Presidents Cup team. Ancer has qualified for the past two TOUR Championships. Niemann is one of three players since World War II who were born outside the United States and won on the PGA TOUR before turning 21. Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy are the other two.

    Last year’s Sanderson Farms illustrated the impact of Hispanic players on the PGA TOUR. Munoz played in the final group alongside his former college teammate, Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz. Ortiz finished fourth en route to a 51st-place finish in the FedExCup. Munoz’s victory came just one week after Niemann started the 2020 season with a win at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.

    Here’s a closer look at the statistics that illustrate the impact Hispanic and Latin players have had on TOUR.

    Since 2000, there have been 423 top-10s by players of Hispanic descent, compared to 276 from 1970 to 1999. From 1970 to 1999, that was an average of 9.5 top-10s by Hispanic players per season compared to 20.1 in the last 21 seasons (2000 thru 2019-20).

    Lee Trevino140
    Sergio Garcia105
    Jose Maria Olazabal45
    Jon Rahm40

    Players from Spain have accumulated 30 PGA TOUR victories.

    Players from Latin America have combined to win 38 times on the PGA Tour. Since 2000, there have been 20 wins by 10 players from Latin America.

    Chi Chi Rodriguez8
    Roberto De Vicenzo5
    Camilo Villegas4
    Carlos Franco4

    Niemann and Munoz, who won in back-to-back weeks to start last season, are two of the six youngest Latin American winners in PGA TOUR history. Five of the six youngest Latin American winners in TOUR history have come since 2008.

    Joaquin Niemann2019 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier20/10/08
    Emiliano Grillo2015 Safeway Open23/01/04
    Victor Regalado1974 Pleasant Valley Classic26/03/20
    Jhonattan Vegas2011 The American Express26/05/04
    Camilo Villegas2008 BMW Championship26/08/00
    Sebastian Munoz2019 Sanderson Farms Championship26/08/18
    Age in years, months and days.
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