PGA TOUR Latinoamérica announces team for Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup presented by Assist Card
Battle between PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and Mackenzie Tour heads to Mexico
December 06, 2018
By Communications, PGATOURLA.COM
- December 06, 2018
- Harry Higgs, number 1 in the Order of Merit, will be the Team Captain (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida—Following the completion of its 2018 season, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica announced its 10-player roster for the Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup presented by Assist Card, the third annual Tour-vs.-Tour event that takes place December 11-15 in Cozumel, Mexico. The tournament features the top money-winners from both PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada in a three-day competition.
Leading Team PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is captain Harry Higgs, who won the Order of Merit by (U.S.) $64 over Nicolas Echavarria, with the final money-list positions decided last week at the season ending Latinoamérica Tour Championship – Shell Championship in Miami.
The Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup presented by Assist Card is a Presidents Cup-style event at Cozumel Country Club. The three competition days will comprise of four-ball, foursome and singles matches on December 13, 14 and 15, respectively. The Mackenzie Tour previously announced its team, led by team captain Sam Fidone. Both Higgs and Fidone played collegiate golf at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
“It’s a great honor to serve as captain for the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica team and to represent the Tour,” said Higgs. “The fact that Sam and I were teammates at SMU and we’re now the respective captains is pretty cool. I know we’ll both be doing our best to lead our teams to a win.”
Joining Higgs on the team are Colombia’s Echavarria and Marcelo Rozo, Chile’s Horacio Leon and Americans Michael Buttacavoli, Austin Smotherman, Tyson Alexander, Matt Gilchrest, Eric Steger and Ben Polland. Polland made the team at No. 11 on the Order of Merit as Argentina’s Andres Gallegos (No. 6) is unable to play.
“The Cozumel Cup will be a really nice finish to both of our seasons, giving us a chance to go to Mexico, a place I love, and have a friendly competition,” Higgs continued. “We were already in the region earlier this year for the Bupa Match Play when the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica players played near Cancun. I have heard nothing but good things about Cozumel Country Club, and I’m excited to get down there and get to work.”
The inaugural team event, previously named the Aruba Cup, took place in 2016, with the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica players defeating the Mackenzie Tour team, 13-7. A year ago, the Mackenzie Tour exacted revenge, taking a one-point triumph (11 ½ to 10 ½).
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Finished No. 1 on the Order of Merit. Won the Diners Club Peru Open for his first title as a professional and closed his year with four consecutive top-fives.
Became the first two-time winner of the season, capturing titles in both Brazil and Mexico. He missed only two cuts all season and recorded four additional top-10s to go with his wins.
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
He joined Nicolas Echavarria as the circuit’s only two-time winner. Capped his year by going wire to wire at the season-ending Shell Championship to move into the top five of the Order of Merit (No. 3).
Loomis, California, U.S.
The highlight of his year was his win at the Abierto Mexicano de Golf in Tijuana. Two other third-place finishes helped him finish No. 4 on the Order of Merit.
He earned the fifth position on the Order of Merit, thanks to a win at the JHSF Aberto do Brasil in September. That win was part of a run of three top-10s in four starts.
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
He was the picture of consistency in 2018, not missing a cut all year and posting his first PGA TOUR Latinoamerica win, at the Costa Rica Classic.
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
He had a couple of close calls, including runner-up finishes in Guatemala and Argentina. He posted six top-10s overall.
Fishers, Indiana, U.S.
In his 13 made cuts, he had eight top-10s and was inside the top 25 in 10 of his starts.
A win in Ecuador and a tie for second in Chile allowed him to secure the 10th position in the Order of Merit.
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
He Monday-qualified into the Guatemala Stella Artois Open and then went on to win the tournament.