PGA TOUR Latinoamérica wins inaugural Aruba Cup
Mackenzie Tour's come-from-behind charge falls short
December 17, 2016
By Brian Decker, PGATOUR.COM
- December 17, 2016
- Captain Julian Etulain (center) led his team to victory in the first-ever Aruba Cup (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
A late rally by the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada fell short on Saturday at Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf, giving PGA TOUR Latinoamérica victory in the first-ever Aruba Cup.
Though the Mackenzie Tour put together a valiant charge, winning five of the first seven singles matches of the day, it wasn’t enough to overcome a daunting 8.5-1.5 deficit, with Latinoamérica prevailing by a 13-7 final score over the three-day match play competition between the two Tours.We were in there for a while today and we almost pulled off the impossible.
Although more matches went the Mackenzie Tour’s way – Brock Mackenzie clawed back to earn a half point after being three down with six to play, while Paul Barjon, Max Rottluff and Ryan Williams each won their matches – it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit to start the day.
Martin Trainer notched the clincher for Latinoamérica, securing at least a half point by taking a 1 up lead to the 18th and then sinking a long birdie putt to defeat Michael Gligic 2 up and set off a celebration.
“I’m really proud of the team today. We fought hard and made it interesting at the end. It was a good team effort and a fantastic week,” said Williams, who beat Augusto Núñez 4&3. “It was great to play a team event. We’ve all had good years, and it was nice to come down here to Aruba and get together as a team. It was a real fun week and something I’ll remember for a long time.”
Saturday singles matches:
Match 11 Dan McCarthy (Mackenzie Tour) defeated Nate Lashley (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) 2&1
Match 12 Taylor Moore (Mackenzie Tour) defeated Seth Fair (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) 2&1
Match 13 Brock Mackenzie (Mackenzie Tour) halved with Sam Del Val (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica)
Match 14 Eric Steger (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) defeated Corey Conners (Mackenzie Tour) 1 up
Match 15 Paul Barjon (Mackenzie Tour) defeated Tom Whitney (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) 3&1
Match 16 Max Rottluff (Mackenzie Tour) defeated Leandro Marelli (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) 2&1
Match 17 Ryan Williams (Mackenzie Tour) defeated Augusto Núñez (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) 4&3
Match 18 Martin Trainer (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) defeated Michael Gligic (Mackenzie Tour) 2 up
Match 19 Andrés Echavarría (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) defeated Adam Cornelson (Mackenzie Tour)
Match 20 Sebastián MacLean (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) defeated Austin Connelly (Mackenzie Tour) 2&1
- Weather: 30 degrees Celsius (feels like 34), partly cloudy, winds at 33 km/h.
- Austin Connelly was 6-under par for 17 holes on Saturday, but still lost 2&1 to Sebastian MacLean.
- Brock Mackenzie and Sam Del Val faced off for the third straight day, with Del Val going 2-0-1 for the week.
- Player records for the week (Won-Lost-Halved):
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica
Nate Lashley 1-1-1
Augusto Núñez 2-1-0
Samuel Del Val 2-0-1
Martin Trainer 3-0-0
Eric Steger 3-0-0
Andrés Echavarría 3-0-0
Seth Fair 1-1-1
Tom Whitney 2-1-0
Sebastián MacLean 2-1-0
Leandro Marelli 2-1-0
Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
Dan McCarthy 1-2-0
Brock Mackenzie 0-2-1
Taylor Moore 1-2-0
Adam Cornelson 0-3-0
Paul Barjon 2-1-0
Austin Connelly 0-2-1
Max Rottluff 1-2-0
Michael Gligic 1-2-0
Ryan Williams 1-2-0
Corey Conners 0-2-1