Another solid day gives Aguado halfway Termas de Rio Hondo lead
November 01, 2019
By Communications, PGATOURLA.COM
- November 01, 2019
- Camilo Aguado playing on the 9th tee at Termas de Rio Hondo Golf Club (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
TERMAS RIO HONDO, Argentina—Early in his round, Camilo Aguado looked like he was going to once again assault par at Termas de Rio Hondo Golf Club. At 2-under through 4 holes and coming off a 7-under 65 in his opening round, Aguado was rolling. He then stalled, playing his next five holes in 1-over. That’s when the fun began for the Colombian, who takes a one-shot lead into the weekend at the inaugural Termas de Rio Hondo Invitational. Aguado played bogey-free golf for the rest of his round, recording birdies at Nos. 10, 14, 15, 17 and 18 to shoot a 66, good enough for a one-shot lead over American Kristian Caparros.
Aguado has never seriously contended in a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica tournament, his career-best finish a tie for fourth three weeks ago at the Banco del Pacifico Open in Ecuador. Despite the top-five performance, Aguado finished nine shots behind winner Augusto Núñez. Aguado is looking very much like a player who wants to win and can do it, his 13-under score ample evidence.
“I played really nicely today. I felt like my game was very solid. I putted really nicely, and the course is in great shape. I feel like for [Saturday] and Sunday, I have to play the same if I want to win,” Aguado said. “At each tournament the guys go really low, so I have to do some work.”
Aguado, the Bogota native who played college golf at Jacksonville State in Alabama, couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Termas de Rio Hondo Golf Club and Silver Lakes, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.
“I just feel like there are holes here that I recall playing. The greens, the par-3s even, are like I am playing Silver Lakes again,” he added.
Caparros certainly wasn’t as dialed in Friday as he was a day earlier, but his 4-under 68 kept him right in the thick of the chase with 36 holes remaining. “Rollercoaster” was the way he summed up his final nine holes, the course’s front nine. After making three consecutive pars, starting at No. 1, he birdied the fourth and fifth holes, bogeyed Nos. 6 and 7 and birdied 8 and 9 to close his day, with 15-foot and 20-foot putts, respectively.
“I really wasn’t nervous. I was anxious to get out there. I was excited. I haven’t been in this position in a little while. I kind of thrive in this and look forward to it,” Caparros said.
After Aguado and Caparros, 1-2 on the leaderboard, there is a bit of distance, with Andreas Halvorsen and Michael Davan tied for third but four shots back. Seven players are tied for fifth, at 8-under.
Did you know Camilo Aguado went 3-1 in his four matches at the Bupa Match Play in June in Mexico? He defeated Matt Ryan, Mario Beltran and Patrick Newcomb before falling to Brazil’s Alex Rocha in the quarterfinals.
· The cut came at 2-under, with 66 players making it to the weekend.
· Of the 48 Argentines in the field this week, 17 made the cut, led by Jaime López Rivarola and Facundo Villanueva at 8-under. They are tied for fifth. The others to get to the weekend are Alejandro Tosti (7-under, tied for 12th), Augusto Núñez and Ricardo González (6-under, tied for 17th), Clodomiro Carranza and Paulo Pinto (5-under, tied for 24th), Tano Goya and Sergio Rohlmann (4-under, tied for 33rd), Maximiliano Godoy, Lange Einar, Puma Domínguez, Marcos Montenegro and Mauricio Molina (3-under, tied for 43rd) and Tomas Beitia, Ignacio Marino and Gastón Romero (2-under, tied for 54th).
· Andreas Halvorsen hit 17 of 18 greens Friday, and his ball landed on the fringe on his only missed green of the second round. “I was just putting all day,” he joked.
· This is the third PGA TOUR-affiliated Tour Joseph Winslow and MJ Maguire have played on this year. Winslow began his season on the Korn Ferry Tour, appearing in 21 tournaments and finishing 103rd on the points list. He did not retain his playing privileges. At the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour season, Winslow traveled to Asia to play three events on PGA TOUR Series-China, where he made two cuts—his best finish a tie for 25th at the Macau Championship. This is his first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica start since the Molino Cañuelas Championship in April 2018. Maguire has played eight PGA TOUR Latinoamérica events in 2019, with five made cuts. He also had six Mackenzie Tour appearances and two starts on the Korn Ferry Tour, making the cut in both. Winslow enters the weekend tied for fifth, and Maguire is tied for 17th.
· It’s been a challenging season for Michael Davan. Since his fifth-place finish at the season-opening Buenaventura Classic, he has missed seven consecutive cuts in stroke-play events, and he lost in the first round of the Bupa Match Play. Following an opening 69, Davan shot a 66 Friday and is tied for third heading to the weekend.
· Shad Tuten is also working on a streak of his own. With his 1-under 71 Friday, he has gone 21 consecutive rounds at par or better this season. Tuten’s last non-par-or-better score was a 1-over 73 in the third round of the BMW Jamaica Classic in May. Tuten is tied for 24th.
· Order of Merit leader Augusto Núñez is tied for 17th through 36 holes. If there has been a weakness this season to his play, it has come in the second round, where he three times has shot over-par scores, and his 68.55 scoring average is the highest of his four rounds.
· The four amateurs playing this week—Aram Yenidjeian, Santiago Tapia, Federico Fucci and Juan Jose Galli—all missed the cut.
· Augusto Núñez recorded his 12th consecutive under-par round with his second consecutive 69. The last time he was not under-par was in the second round of the JHSF Aberto do Brasil, when he fired a 1-over 72. The Order of Merit leader is tied for 17th.
“It was tougher than [Thursday] and tougher than it played earlier in the week.” –Andreas Halvorsen
“It was kind of unexpected. I birdied two of the toughest holes here. I hit a couple of really good irons. They were two shots that I committed to and was able to pull them off.”–Camilo Aguado on his four-birdies-in-five-holes finish to his round capped by birdies on the par-3 15th and 17th
“On 17 I chipped in. That hole’s been good to me this week.” –Kristian Caparros on the second birdie of his first nine
“It definitely played tougher today. The pins were tucked. The wind was definitely a factor.” –Kristian Caparros
“I took advantage of the par-5s and then made pars on the other holes, so it worked out well.” – Andreas Halvorsen
“I think the course, with five par-5s, can shoot 6- or 7-under. I know I’m leading, but I think I need to finish at 20 (-under), something like that.”–Camilo Aguado
“Right now, I’m in a really good position, but I have to keep being aggressive on the second shots and see what happens.”–Camilo Aguado
“There are five of them out there, and with my distance I expect to make a few birdies on those holes. Then, over the weekend I hope to play the other holes a little better, too.” –Andreas Halvorsen on the par-5s at Termas de Rio Hondo Golf Club
“I’ve had some of my best finishes here in Argentina. The golf courses seem to suit me well, and this week, too, is perfect for me.” –Andreas Halvorsen
“I’m just trying to go back to what I’ve had success with in the past. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between draws and fades. I’ve had more success playing fades. I’m just trying to get things back in place.”–Andreas Halvorsen
“I’ve been getting all the weekends off lately, so I’ve had plenty of time to practice. I haven’t been playing great lately.” –Andreas Halvorsen
“I hit it in the right spots and got kind of lucky when the wind switched. I pretty much got all of the par-5s downwind, which was nice. I was able to get four of those.” –Michael Davan
“I liked it a lot. It’s a golf course where you can hit a lot of drivers. For a longer (-hitting) player, I feel like there are a lot of advantages.” –Michael Davan