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  • Matthews claims first career win in Cañuelas

    The victory at the Molino Cañuelas Championship turned the 22-year old into the new PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit No. 1

  • At 22, Brandon Matthews is the youngest U.S. player to win a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
    At 22, Brandon Matthews is the youngest U.S. player to win a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
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  • CAÑUELAS, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An even-par 72 on a windy final day of clear skies, proved good enough for Brandon Matthews of Dupont, Pennsylvania to claim his first professional win at the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Molino Cañuelas Championship.

    Only five months into his career as a professional, the Temple University graduate finished the week at 13-under 273 to win by one and rise to No. 1 on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit. Matthews was making only his second career start on the Latin American Tour.

    The 54-hole leader by three shots, Matthews never lost grasp of the lead on Sunday and became the youngest U.S. winner on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica at the age of 22 years, 7 months, 13 days.

    As this week’s winner he also took the lead on the race for the Zurich Argentina Swing, a competition that will reward the top performer across all four Tour events in Argentina with a cash bonus of $10,000 dollars later this year.

    Brandon Matthews interview after winning the Molino Cañuelas Championship
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      Brandon Matthews interview after winning the Molino Cañuelas Championship

    Matías Simaski provided some fireworks late in the day. Trailing by three with one hole to play, the 26-year old from Cordoba, Argentina holed out from 97 yards for eagle at the par-five No. 18. A final round low 68 moved him to 12-under with only two groups left to finish.

    Playing alongside the champion, Jared Wolfe of Jacksonville, Florida birdied three of the last five holes to shoot 70 and join Simaski in a two-way tie for second at Cañuelas Golf Club.

    Andreas Halvorsen of Vestfold, Norway carded a 70 to lock the solo fourth spot at 10-under. T.J. Vogel of Hollywood, Florida shot 71 to finish two strokes behind at the solo fifth.

    All the players inside the top-5 enjoyed their best career finishes on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

    Brandon Matthews seals first win at the Cañuelas Championship
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      Brandon Matthews seals first win at the Cañuelas Championship

    NOTES:

    Tournament champion: Brandon Matthews

    Posted rounds of 68-70-65-72 to win by one shot at 13-under 275.

    Claimed this win, his first as a professional, at the age of 22 years, 7 months, 13 days.

    Became the eighth youngest PGA TOUR Latinoamérica champion and the youngest U.S. player to win on Tour.

    Becomes the 21st player from the U.S. to win on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. Those players combine for 32 U.S. wins on Tour.

    Turned pro in October of 2016 and was making just his second career starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. He had earned exempt status for the first half of the Tour season with a T9 finish at the Mexico Q-School in January.

    With season earnings for $36,225 dollars after a T9 finish at the Avianca Colombia Open ($4,725) and today’s win ($31,500) he moved past Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez to become the new Order of Merit No. 1. Holds a lead of $4,725 over Rodríguez, who missed the cut this week after winning the season opening Avianca Colombia Open.

    As a 2017 champion he has secured full exempt status for the remainder of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. He has also secured exempt status for the 2018 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season.

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