Bupa Challenge concludes in Brazil
São Paulo Golf Club Championship and the 65th JHSF Aberto do Brasil will determine the champion of the competition sponsored by Bupa Global Latin America.
September 11, 2018
By Communications, PGATOURLA.COM
- September 11, 2018
- American Ben Polland will arrive at the São Paulo Golf Club as the leader of the Bupa Challenge. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
SÃO PAULO, Brazil—In addition to marking the start of the second half of the 2018 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season, the São Paulo Golf Club Championship and the 65th JHSF Aberto do Brasil on back-to-back weeks in mid-September will play a key role in determining the champion of the Bupa Challenge.
The Bupa Challenge has already taken place at Tour events in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador and is ready to see the best golfers in the region fighting for the prize of U.S. $10,000 that Bupa Global Latin America delivers to the top-ranked player from Bupa Challenge tournaments.
“We’re very excited with the last round of the Bupa Challenge this year – played in four countries – with the sponsorship of two of the most prestigious golf tournaments in Brazil,” said Moses Dodo, General Manager, Bupa Global Latin America. “We’re looking forward to watching this tough competition with international golf stars coming from all over the world. With the sponsorship of these events in Brazil, we reinforce our commitment to helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.”
American Ben Polland will arrive at the São Paulo Golf Club as the leader of the Bupa Challenge on the strength of his win at the season-opening Guatemala Stella Artois Open. Polland is currently No. 7 on the Order of Merit. Later in the season, he added a tie for ninth at the Puerto Plata DR Open in the Dominican Republic and a tie for sixth at the Quito Open presented by Diners Club in Ecuador.
At the last two stops of the Bupa Challenge, the 27-year-old Polland will arrive with earnings of $41,513. In second place is Chilean and Quito Open champion Horacio León. In third is Argentina’s Andrés Gallegos, winner of the Puerto Plata DR Open. He has amassed $31,500.
The remainder of the top five on the Bupa Challenge is made up of Americans Matt Gilchrest ($27,300) and Skyler Finnel ($21,223).
This is the second year of the relationship between PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and Bupa Global Latino America. In addition to sponsoring the Bupa Challenge, Bupa also sponsored the first match-play event in Tour history, the Bupa Match Play in Riviera Maya, Mexico, a tournament won by Finland’s Toni Hakula.