Bupa Challenge reaches its final stretch in Brazil
Two consecutive events in São Paulo will be key to see who gets the Bupa Global Latin America bonus prize
September 16, 2019
By Communications, PGATOURLA.COM
- September 16, 2019
- This is the third year of the relationship between PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and Bupa Global Latin America. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
SÃO PAULO, Brazil—The São Paulo Golf Club Championship and the 66th JHSF Aberto do Brasil not only mark the beginning of the second half of the 2019 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season, the two tournaments will be the final two events in the Bupa Challenge, a competition sponsored by Bupa Global Latin America.
In its third season, the Bupa Challenge has been a part of the Buenaventura Classic in Panama and the Puerto Plata Open in the Dominican Republic. The Bupa Challenge, which offers a bonus prize of U.S. $10,000, rewards the player who earns the most money in Bupa Challenge-designated events.
“We’re very happy to see Brazil hosting the last two golf tournaments of the Bupa Challenge 2019 with top players coming from all over the world”, said Moses Dodo, Chairman, Bupa Global Latin America. “With our strong presence in Brazil through Care Plus and the sponsorship of these prestigious events in different countries, we’re highlighting our commitment to helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives”.
After his victory at the Puerto Plata Open and his tie for 12th at the Buenaventura Classic, Chile’s Cristóbal Del Solar arrives in Brazil as the solo leader of the year-long competition. The current No. 7 on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit takes a $3,850 lead into the São Paulo Golf Club Championship over American Jared Wolfe.
Wolfe, champion of the first stop of the Bupa Challenge, in Panama, will seek to snatch the lead from Del Solar in a city that last year brought him good results. After a year playing on the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour, Wolfe, currently No. 2 of the Order of Merit, won the JHSF Aberto do Brasil at Fazenda Boa Vista. It was one five consecutive top-10s Wolfe posted to end his abbreviated PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season.
In third place is another Chilean, Mito Pereira. Pereira is fourth on the Order of Merit, thanks to a tie for second place in Panama and a tie for fifth in the Dominican Republic. Rounding out the top five in the competition’s standings is American Scott Wolfes and Australian Ryan Ruffels. They have pocketed $18,900 and $ 14,047, respectively.
2019 Bupa Challenge Standings
*Thru 2 events
Cristóbal Del Solar (Chile)
Jared Wolfe (U.S.)
Mito Pereira (Chile)
Scott Wolfes (U.S.)
Ryan Ruffels (Australia)
Mitchell Meissner (U.S.)
Alexandre Rocha (Brazil)
Willy Pumarol (Dominican Republic)
Harrison Endycott (Australia)
This is the third year of the relationship between PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and Bupa Global Latin America. In addition to sponsoring the Bupa Challenge, Bupa is also the title sponsor of the Bupa Match Play, an official event on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Schedule played in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Earlier this year, 23-year-old American Patrick Flavin won all six of his matches on his way to the title.