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  • ZURICH ARGENTINA SWING

    The First Look: 86th Abierto OSDE del Centro

    The fifth event of the 2017 season takes us back to Cordoba, Argentina

  • The 'Copa Challenger' is the trophy players will be battling for this coming week at the Cordoba Golf Club. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
    The 'Copa Challenger' is the trophy players will be battling for this coming week at the Cordoba Golf Club. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
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  • DATES: April 17-23, 2017
    OFFICIAL NAME: 86th Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp
    HASHTAG: #AbiertodelCentro
    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:

    Year

    Avg. Score

    Avg. O/U Par

    Cut

    Winning Score

    2013

    75.329 **

    +4.329

    150 (+8) **

    284 (par) **

    2014

    73.944

    +2.944

    146 (+4)

    276 (-8)

    2015

    73.878

    +2.878

    146 (+4)

    275 (-9)

    2016

    73.127

    +2.127

    145 (+3)

    276 (-8)

    ** All-time highs on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica

    72-HOLE RECORD: 270, Ángel Franco (1992), Ángel Cabrera (2001).

    18-HOLE RECORD: 60, Ángel Cabrera (Round 4, 2001).

    ZURICH ARGENTINA SWING: This will be the second of four legs on the race for the Zurich Argentina Swing, a competition that provides a unified brand around the Tour’s Argentine events. Entering its third year supporting the local events, Zurich Argentina will reward the top-performing player across all four events with a cash prize of $10,000. With Brandon Matthews holding the lead after his victory at the Molino Cañuelas Championship last month in Buenos Aires, the following are the top-5 ranked players on the 2017 Zurich Argentina Swing:

    Pos

    Player

    Earnings US $

    1

    Brandon Matthews, USA

    $31,500

    T2

    Matías Simaski, Argentina

    $15,400

    T2

    Jared Wolfe, USA

    $15,400

    4

    Andreas Halvorsen, Norway

    $8,400

    5

    TJ Vogel, USA

    $7,000

    CHARITY: Providing a valuable charity component to the Tour’s Argentine events, Zurich Argentina raises money for every birdie or better made on the 18th hole during all four competitive rounds. Their charity of choice is Fundación Integrar, a foundation that runs a scholarship program to support college students in Argentina. After the trio of events played last year a total of $130,000 Argentine Pesos were raised.

    FIELD WATCH: Brandon Matthews, current Order of Merit No. 1 with season earnings for US $36,225, and Patrick Newcomb, trailing by only $3,894 at No. 2, are the two 2017 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica champions set to play in Cordoba... The leading Latin American on the Order of Merit playing this week is Nicolás Echavarría. The Colombian rookie holds the fourth spot and leads the Tour in total birdies (58). He is also tied for first in scoring average for players with at least 12 rounds played this year (69.92)... The field also features eight of the top-10 in the Order of Merit... Anthony Paolucci, the tournament defending champion, is one of six 2016 winners in the field... A total of 16 past PGA TOUR Latinoamérica champions are scheduled to play.

    LAST YEAR: Holding a share of the lead to start the final round, Anthony Paolucci cruised to an impressive four-stroke victory at the 2016 Abierto OSDE del Centro. Running away early in the final round, the 23-year old from Dallas, Texas proved unstoppable at the historic Cordoba Golf Club. Under cloudy skies and persistent light rains late in the afternoon, Paolucci posted a 1-under 70 to secure the win at 8-under 276 for the week. The second place was shared by six players: Felipe Velázquez, Charlie Saxon, John Young Kim, Case Cochran, Eric Steger and Joe Affrunti.

    Paolucci cruises to victory at 2016 Abierto OSDE del Centro
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      Paolucci cruises to victory at 2016 Abierto OSDE del Centro

    STORYLINES: Born and raised in Cordoba, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica members Matías Simaski and Jorge Fernández Valdés will be playing in their hometown this week. Simaski enters the week ranked sixth on the Order of Merit, while Fernández Valdés, a three-time Tour champion, holds the 57th spot... Eduardo Romero will make his second Abierto del Centro start as city major. A seven-time winner of this event, Romero is a fan favorite at the golf-crazed town of Villa Allende, where he took office on December 10, 2015. The 62-year old won eight career titles on the European Tour between 1989 and 2002 and picked up five titles on the PGA TOUR Champions... Two-time major champion and eight-time Abierto del Centro champion Angel Cabrera was scheduled to compete, but he was granted a sponsor exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Valero Texas Open and opted to play that event instead. Cabrera has been one of the biggest supporters of the event at Cordoba Golf Club, but given his limited playing opportunities on TOUR he was not in position to skip his chance to play at TPC San Antonio this coming week. Playing as a past champion, the 47-year old has made two cuts in six starts this 2016-17 season, with a T34 finish as his best at the Shell Houston Open two weeks ago... Although Cabrera will be missing, his sons Federico and Angel Jr. will be playing on sponsor exemptions... As the latest winner on the Argentine Tour, where he claimed the Abierto Norpatagónico a week ago in Bahia Blanca, former PGA TOUR Latinoamérica member Maxi Godoy will be a player to watch. He holds the 62nd spot on the Order of Merit after a T20 finish at the Molino Cañuelas Championship.

    TELEVISION: Golf Channel Latin America will air a half hour highlight show on Monday night (April 24) at 9:30 pm Argentina time... Fox Sports 2 will also have a highlight show the following weekend... Next month, the tournament will be featured on “Esto es PGA TOUR Latinoamérica,” the Tour’s official TV shows on Golf Channel Latin America, ESPN Latin America, Claro Sports and Fox Sports 2 Latin America.