Argentina’s Etulain keeps control to win Colombia Open

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Julian Etulain

BOGOTA, Colombia – The hard work and solid golf displayed by Argentina’s Julian Etulain on the Tour de las Americas over the past 18 months finally paid off on Sunday. After three top-3 finishes and 10 top-15s on tour, the 21-year-old finally broke through to win the 63rd Colombia National Open Championship.

After taking the lead with a course record-tying 63 on Saturday, the young Argentinean never looked back on Sunday. He remained in control throughout the final day when he carded a 67 to finish the week with an aggregate score of 21-under 267 – the third lowest 72-hole score in the history of the event.

“Today, I went out thinking of playing as good as I did on Saturday," Etulain said. "I wanted to avoid any sort of mistake and luckily I achieved that."

His week at CC Guaymaral’s No. 2 course, a 7,356-yard par-72 located north of Bogota, was impeccable. He only bogeyed four holes during the first two rounds, and none over the final 38 holes. The Buenos Aires native received a check for approximately US$32,000.

Etulain was three strokes better than Colombia’s David Vanegas and veteran countryman Rodolfo Gonzalez. Both of them shot 67 to share second place. Such an outcome strengthens Vanegas at the top of the 2010 TLA Order of Merit, which he has led since winning the season opening II Copa Antioquia in February.

The best score of the final day was a 66 posted by three players. Among them, Argentina’s Paulo Pinto made the best move on the leaderboard, as he reached a tie for fourth along with Colombia’s Diego Velasquez, who carded a 67 to finish as the low amateur. Jose Manuel Garrido's 69 wasn’t good enough to claim back the lead he held for the first 36 holes of the tournament.

Tour de las Americas contributed to this report.

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