A quick preview of this weekend’s Copa de las Americas, being held for the first time on U.S. soil.
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Copa de las Americas
Jan. 3-6, Doral (Blue Monster), Miami
Notable players in the field: Fabiola Arriaga, Texas-San Antonio junior (No. 31 in Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings); Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas senior (No. 42); Chris Williams, Washington senior (No. 45) and No. 1 in R&A rankings; Albin Choi, N.C. State junior (No. 30); Steven Fox, Chattanooga senior (No. 86) and U.S. Amateur champion; Erynne Lee, UCLA sophomore (No. 9) and 2012 college freshman of the year; Lindy Duncan, Duke senior (No. 8) and 2012 college player of the year.
Why it’s important: The Copa de las Americas will be played on U.S. soil for the first time in its five-year history. The 72-hole event at Doral’s Blue Monster course is a biennial team event for amateurs in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. The U.S. won this event the last two times it was played, and Canada won twice before that. Those two countries present tough rosters again this year. The Americans boast U.S. Amateur winner Steven Fox and World No. 1 amateur Chris Williams – both of whom played on the winning U.S. World Amateur Team squad. The Canadians enter a tough pair of North Carolina State players in Albin Choi and Augusta James. Of the 32 players in the field, 24 play or have played college golf in the U.S. The only one with a home advantage? Duke’s Lindy Duncan, who also played on the U.S. Curtis Cup team last June. Duncan grew up in nearby Fort Lauderdale.
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