TLA cancels season finale due to bad weather

Heavy rainfall in Bogota, Colombia, over the past few weeks has forced the Tour de las Americas to cancel its scheduled season finale.

The Tour Championship Pacific Colombia, which was set for Dec. 16-19 in Bogota, instead will be rescheduled as another event sometime in February or March next year.

“We are deeply sorry about this unfortunate situation, but the emergency caused by the rains in Colombia leaves us no alternative,” said TLA commissioner Henrique Lavie. “Colombia has been a strong TLA host, and we have the assurance that in early 2011 the tournament will be a huge success.”

Under these circumstances, the TLA said it will end the season this week at the VISA Argentina Open in Buenos Aires at the Jockey Club.

Two-time PGA Tour major winner Angel Cabrera, who claimed two Argentina Opens (2001-2002), headlines the field this week in Buenos Aires.

“I’m not in top shape, as I haven’t had any official competition since the end of September,” Cabrera said. “(However,) the back pain I felt and a small wrist injury I had are now gone.”

Coming from a five-stroke victory last Sunday at the Argentine Masters, Andrés Romero joins Cabrera as the four PGA Tour members who will tee it up Thursday. The others are Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas and Argentina’s Fabián Gómez.

Along with the tournament’s winner, a new TLA Order of Merit champion will be crowned Sunday. So far, the top spot belongs to Argentina’s Julián Etulain, who will miss this event because he is playing the final stage of the European Tour Qualifying School. The only man in position to move ahead of him is Colombia’s David Vanegas, who holds the second spot and needs a top-four finish to slip ahead.

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