DATES: April 17-23, 2017
OFFICIAL NAME: 86th Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp
SCHEDULE: Fifth of 19 official events on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica this season
VENUE: Cordoba Golf Club – Villa Allende, Cordoba, Argentina
ORDER OF MERIT: Winner earns $31,500 dollars out of a $175,000 purse.
CUT: Top-55 and ties
THE TOURNAMENT: Celebrating its 86th edition, the Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp is on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica schedule for the fifth consecutive year. It joined the Tour in 2013, with the title going to Ángel Cabrera who forced a playoff by making a spectacular chip-in for eagle on the 72nd hole. Will Kropp of Edmond, Oklahoma won in 2014, Tommy Cocha of Salta, Argentina in 2015 and Anthony Paolucci of Dallas, Texas in 2016.
Rich is history and tradition, the Abierto del Centro was launched 90 years ago, with Héctor Bazzachi winning its very first edition in 1927. The tournament winningest players are Martin Pose, who won eight times between 1932 and 1956, and Ángel Cabrera, who matched Pose’s mark with eight wins between 1994 and 2013. Tied at seven wins each, there’s Roberto De Vicenzo and Eduado Romero. The legendary De Vincezo claimed his seven wins in a span of 31 years, his first coming in 1943 and the last in 1974 a day before turning 51. Romero, who is now the major of Villa Allende, won his seven titles between 1984 and 1999.
Throughout the years, the tournament has attracted big stars such as Sam Snead, who claimed the title in 1941. Two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North won it in 1980, while the 2016 The Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson took home runner-up honors in 1999.
COURSE: Cordoba Golf Club, 6,878 yards, par 71 (35-36). Located on Villa Allende’s Derqui Avenue, the club features an old-school tree-lined course that plays tight and tricky. Built in the 1920s, the course underwent a complete remodeling of its greens and bunkers under the supervision of Angel Cabrera and Eduardo Romero in 2012.
This is how the course has played over the past four Tour visits: