Dev Series: Rodríguez comes from behind to win Mexico’s Altozano Open
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Written by Greg Villalobos @PGATOURLA
MORELIA, Mexico – Trailing by six shots in a tie for fifth through 36 holes, José de Jesús “El Camarón” Rodríguez carded a 5-under 67 in the final round for a come-from-behind victory at the Mexican Tour’s Altozano Open. The 42-year old veteran, a current member of the Korn Ferry Tour, finished the 54-hole event at 8-under 208 for a one-shot win over Oscar Serna and Juan Carlos Serrano, who ended up sharing runner-up honors.
Rodríguez went on the attack early, birdieing Nos. 1, 4, 6, 9, and 10 to move into contention at Altozano Golf Club. He made his only other birdie of the day on 16 to reach the par-5 18th holding a commanding three-shot lead.
“It was a great win, with a bit of a scare at the end,” said Rodríguez, who took the risk of going for the green on his second shot at the last. “I had no idea where I was standing on the leaderboard but knowing that I started the day trailing by six, I felt that I needed to birdie the last to have a chance. If I had known I was winning by three I wouldn’t have gone for the green.”
That second shot at the last went into the water and cost him a closing bogey. “Fortunately, none of the players within striking distance was able to birdie the last and I hanged on for the one-shot win,” added the Irapuato native who holds the record for the most career wins on the Mexican Tour.
Rodríguez hopes the win gets him back on track as he is having a tough season on the Korn Ferry Tour. With a tie for 37th as his best finish and having made only two cuts in eight starts, he currently ranks 149th on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List.
The following are the final scores and positions for the players who finished inside the top 10 at the Altozano Open:
|1||Jose de Jesús Rodríguez (Mexico)||69-72-67—208 (-8)|
|T2||Oscar Serna (Mexico)||70-70-69—209 (-7)|
|T2||Juan Carlos Serrano (Mexico)||69-67-73—209 (-7)|
|T4||Alvaro Ortiz (Mexico)||68-76-67—211 (-5)|
|T4||Sebastián Vázquez (Mexico)||68-67-76—211 (-5)|
|T6||Manuel Torres (Venezuela)||68-75-69—212 (-4)|
|T6||Armando Favela (Mexico)||72-70-70—212 (-4)|
|T6||José Rolz (Guatemala)||66-74-72—212 (-4)|
|9||Roberto Rodríguez Cacho (Mexico)||73-73-67—213 (-3)|
|T10||Rodolfo Cazaubón (Mexico)||74-69-71—214 (-2)|
|T10||José Dibildox (Mexico)||72-69-73—214 (-2)|
Co-sanctioning events from the top domestic Tours from across Latin America, the Dev Series grants the leading five players from each event access to a final tournament –the Dev Series Final– to be played at the end of this season.