Aguado sits atop packed Termas de Rio Hondo leaderboard
November 02, 2019
By Communications, PGATOURLA.COM
- November 02, 2019
- Camilo Aguado at the first tee at Termas de Rio Hondo Golf Club (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, Argentina—In each round this week, Camilo Aguado has gotten a little worse, opening with a 65 followed by a 66 before he posted a third-round 70. No matter, though. Aguado, at 15-under, is still in control of the Termas de Rio Hondo Invitational, taking a one-stroke lead over American Dalan Refioglu and Argentina’s Jaime López Rivarola into Sunday. Three more players—John Somers, Augusto Núñez and Michael Davan, are two strokes back, with five more at 12-under and in striking distance.
Aguado looked like he might relinquish his lead after a non-descript back nine, with five consecutive pars, starting at No. 10, and a bogey at the 15th. He gathered himself and regained momentum when he turned around and birdied the par-5 16th. He added two pars coming in, and that was enough to give him the 54-hole lead and put him in position to pick up his first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica title.
“Today I felt like I stayed in the present the whole day. Some of the holes were playing so tough, and I was just playing shot by shot. I thought that was my strength today,” Aguado said, referencing the windy weather that moved through the area in the early afternoon. It was not an unexpected storm, as officials moved up tee times for that reason.
Aguado also capitalized oon a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to close his opening nine, his longest made putt of the day. “That was pretty good,” Aguado said.
Refioglu continued his mastery of the par-5s at Termas de Rio Hondo Golf Club. He is a cumulative 12-under on the five holes this week, including 5-under Saturday. After opening with five consecutive pars, at No. 6, the first par-5, Refioglu chipped in from 40 yards for eagle—his first of the week.
“Much like the first day, I took advantage of the par-5s,” he said of his five par-5 birdies in the opening round.
Did you know Dalan Refioglu has only posted one top-10 in 47 previous PGA TOUR Latinoamérica starts? He tied for sixth at the 2018 Neuquén Argentina Classic.
· Monday qualifier Kyler Tate has made the most of his opportunity this week, firing three under-par rounds, including a third-round 66 that has left him at 12-under and tied for seventh with 18 holes to play.
· This is Kyler Tate’s second career PGA TOUR Latinoamérica start. He tied for 27th at the Diners Club Peru Open two weeks ago. In seven official rounds, he’s yet to shoot anything even-par or worse. At the par-72 Los Inkas Golf club, he shot three 70s and a second-round 68, and this week he’s opened 67-71-66 at the par-72 Termas de Rio Hondo Golf Club.
· Kyler Tate played college golf at the University of Central Florida, finishing his eligibility in June. He was teammates at UCF with Bobby Bai, currently a PGA TOUR Series-China player who is competing this week at the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions.
· With 18 holes to play, John Somers is tied for third, two shots behind leader Camilo Aguado. Even this late in the year, Somers is still amazed at what he’s been able to accomplish this season, with a victory in Chile and a third-place position on the Order of Merit. After qualifying for PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, he says he didn’t know what to expect. This is my first year. I was telling one of the guys that I really didn’t know what that meant when I got status. The first two events were a struggle, then a victory, and I was like, All right. I’m supposed to be here. That was the confidence I needed.”
· Of the 17 Argentines who made the cut, Jaime López Rivarola leads the way, at 14-under and a stroke behind leader Camilo Aguado. Clodomiro Carranza made a big move Saturday, shooting a 6-under 66 to finish at 11-under and tied for 12th.
· Making his PGA TOUR Latinoamérica debut, Cameron Young had quite a day Saturday, shooting the low score of the third round and the low score of the tournament with his 10-under 62. His bogey-free round included eight birdies and an eagle, at No. 3. The former Wake Forest golfer completed his eligibility in June but made his PGA TOUR debut as an amateur, qualifying for the U.S. Open. Young shot rounds of 75-76 at Pebble Beach Golf Links but missed the cut by seven strokes.
· Shad Tuten continues to work on a par-or-better streak. With his second consecutive, 1-under 71 Saturday, Tuten has enjoyed 22 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 began the day tied for 24th but dropped into a tie for 31st after three rounds.
· Order of Merit leader Augusto Núñez not only kept a personal streak going, he moved into contention with 18 holes remaining. Núñez’s 7-under 65 moved him from a tie for 17th into a tie for fourth, two shots off Camilo Aguado’s lead. His 65 was also his 13th consecutive under-par round. 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.
· Nine players have opened with three rounds in the 60s: Jaime López Rivarola, Augusto Núñez, Michael Davan, Justin Suh, Brian Mogg, Andreas Halvorsen, Alejandro Tosti, Joseph Winslow and MJ. Maguire.
“Basically, I’m putting good from mid-distance. I holed a couple of good ones, on six and nine.” –Camilo Aguado
“On the back nine, my second shot on 16 I judged the wind very well, had a decent chip for eagle and was able to convert the birdie putt.” –Camilo Aguado
“I wish I could say I’m going to shoot 63 and win it. I’m just going to enjoy. This is a new feeling for me, something so new. I just turned pro two years ago, and I started playing not too long ago. I’m experiencing a lot of new things.” –Camilo Aguado
“Not much change from [Friday]. I just cleaned up some of the mistakes I had. [Friday] I hit it just as well. I just didn’t get a lot out of it.” –John Somers
“I’m glad I kind of came through today, took care of business and got it done.” –John Somers
“I wasn’t really mad about the bogey on No. 1. The wind blew in my face more than I thought, and it kind of took [my ball] and put it in a bad spot. But I stayed calm. There are a lot of birdie opportunities out here, so I kind of remained calm and stayed patient.” –John Somers
“The biggest thing is is to hit the fairways. It’s not hard, but you can miss them. You have to put some effort into missing them. You have to play your shots out here, play the right angles and give yourself opportunities. That’s what it is here.” –John Somers
“I took care of the par-5s. One bogey on 7, par 3. I played the par-3s well. I think the key to playing this course really well is if you can get by the par-3s. If you can get through them at even or 1-over, that’s good. If you’re under par, that’s incredible.” –Dalan Refioglu
“I was lucky to start off that way. Even though I was confident and secure in my game, birdieing one and two and then four and five really sent me on a good note and set the rhythm for the rest of the round.” – Jaime López Rivarola
“I knew at some point in the round, the forecast was going to get tough. Playing that great of a front nine really set me up in the best way for the back nine to fight the wind and all.” –Jaime López Rivarola
“It was very hard. It was very different from the front nine, which was very easy. It was wind-wise, obviously.” –Jaime López Rivarola
“I’m just going to keep with my game and go as dep as I can. Sundays are different for everyone, but I know on this course I can get hot at any time. If it’s not in the first few holes, I just have to keep waiting and know that at some point it’s going to show up. Hopefully it’s going to show up [Sunday]. We’ll see.” –Jaime López Rivarola