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Peru Open kicks off second half of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season

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Peru Open kicks off second half of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season

    Written by Greg Villalobos @PGATOURLA

    LIMA, Peru—The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica players' love affair with this city keeps growing strong. Coming to Los Inkas Golf Club for the 10th time since the Tour launched in 2012, the course conditions for the Diners Club Peru Open couldn’t be better. It is here where the second half of the 2022-23 season kicks off, with this tournament one of only six left to play in the race to win the Totalplay Cup and claim the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour cards available.

    “The course is pure. It’s really good. I mean, these fairways look like the greens back home sometimes,” said Kaylor Steger, a Racine, Wisconsin, native who is here for the first time.

    For several years the Diners Club Peru Open was a fixture on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica schedule at some point around the October-November time window. With the Tour switching to a wrap-around season, last year the tournament moved to late-April, and it proved a huge success.

    “We just got out of the summer season here, so the sunny conditions help a lot. The course is really perfect at this time of the year. I can’t believe the course is in better condition than it was last year, but it is. I’m proud to be home this week,” says Peru’s own Joaquín Lolas, a lifelong member of Los Inkas, who lives in Jupiter, Florida.

    Lolas joins Luis Fernando Barco as a duo of Peruvians playing full-time on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. Lolas enters the week ranked 91st in the Totalplay Cup standings, while Barco checks in at 49th. A good week could make a huge difference for both players.

    “Obviously, the goal is to try and finish as high as possible, but I’m trying to lower the expectations, trying to focus on the process on a daily basis. I feel I have been playing well, and if I keep it that way, things are going to happen,” says Barco, a Purdue University alum who became the first Peruvian to compete in a major championship, playing in the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course outside San Diego.

    Cristóbal Del Solar’s reign as Tour No. 1 is likely coming to an end this week, with several players within striking distance. Del Solar last played on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in December, claiming a win and a third-place finish before focusing on the Korn Ferry Tour, where he is a full member. Currently ranked 38th at the next level, Del Solar will be playing the PGA TOUR’s Mexico Open at Vidanta this week. He was awarded an exemption at that event by virtue of his Totalplay Cup position.

    Coming off a win at the JHSF Brazil Open, New Zealand’s Charlie Hillier enters the week only 12 points behind Del Solar, with Chandler Blanchet of the U.S. and Linus Lilliedahl of Sweden not far behind. Anyone currently inside the top 22 can mathematically charge to the top of the Totalplay Cup standings with a win at this event.

    Totalplay Cup Points List through six of 12 events

    Pos.PlayerPointsTrailing by
    1Cristóbal Del Solar (Chile)711--
    2Charlie Hillier (New Zealand)69912
    3Chandler Blanchet (U.S.)67635
    4Linus Lilliedahl (Sweden)64764
    5Matt Ryan (U.S.)608103
    6Conner Godsey (U.S.)550161
    7Jake McCrory (U.S.)545166
    8Davis Shore (U.S.)532179
    9Zack Fischer (U.S.)500211
    10Leandro Marelli (Argentina)461250

    Did you know Los Inkas Golf Club is set to become the first and only venue to welcome a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event for a 10th time? The next-closest site is Ecuador’s Quito Tennis & Golf Club, which is set to host the Kia Open for a ninth time next week.

    Tournament Fast Facts

    Official Name: Diners Club Perú Open

    Hashtag: #PeruOpen

    Dates: April 27-30, 2023

    Host venue: Los Inkas Golf Club, Par-72 (36-36) 6,882 yards

    Field: 144 players from 19 countries

    Countries and territories represented in the field: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Scotland, Sweden, United States and Venezuela

    Last champion: José Toledo (not playing)

    Purse: U.S. $175,000 – Winner’s share U.S. $31,500

    Totalplay Cup points: Awarded to the top-55 and ties, with500 going to the winner

    Cut: Top 55 and ties

    Key Information

    There are four past tournament winners in this week’s field, with Argentina’s Leandro Marelli the most recent. Marelli, the 2019 champion, enters the week ranked 10th in the Totalplay Cup standings. The other past winners who are back this week are Argentina’s Julián Etulain, who won his first of back-to-back titles 10 years ago, in 2013, Mexico’s Rodolfo Cazaubón, who claimed the 2015 title, and Oklahoma native Charlie Saxon, who went bogey-free for his 54-hole win in 2017.

    PGA TOUR Latinoamérica tournaments left to play this season

    April 27-30Diners Club Peru Open Los Inkas GCLima, Peru
    May 4-7Kia OpenQuito Tennis & Golf ClubQuito, Ecuador
    Two weeks off
    May 25-28Colombia ClassicRuitoque Golf & Country ClubBucaramanga, Colombia
    June 1-4El Rincon ChampionshipEl Rincón de CajicáBogota, Colombia
    Two weeks off
    June 22-25Jalisco Open GDLAtlas Country ClubGuadalajara, Mexico
    June 29-July 2PGA TOUR Latinoamérica ChampionshipPGA Riviera MayaTulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

    2022-23 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Player Benefits

    2022-23 Final Totalplay Cup PositionReward
    No. 1Will receive exempt status on the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour
    Nos. 2-5Will receive conditional status on the 2024 Korn Ferry
    Nos. 1-5Exempt into Final Stage of the 2023 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament
    Nos. 6-25Exempt into the second stage of the 2023 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament
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