TLA season back in full swing this week
It’s a busy month on the Tour de las Americas after a long layoff since the Colombia Open ended in August.
Two tour-sanctioned events are simultaneously on the docket this week. The YPF Classic leads the way, starting on Thursday in Mendoza, Argentina. In partnership with the TPG Tour of Argentina, the tournament features former TLA winners from Argentina – César Costilla, Rafael Gómez, César Monasterio, Rodolfo González and Paulo Pinto.
Hosted at the Golf Club Andino, the US$35,000 YPF Classic enters the TLA stage for the first time. The TPG Tour was formed in 2007, following disputes within the PGA of Argentina, which previously operated as the country’s main professional tour. Costilla (2009) and Gómez (2007) are former Order of Merit winners.
Teeing off Friday in Santiago, Chile, the Sport Francés Open celebrates its 52nd edition and provides a Monday finish. The field features competitors from 11 countries, including José Manuel Garrido of Colombia, Sebastián Salem of Peru, Juan Carlos Fortlage of Paraguay, Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela and Luciano Dodda and Julián Etulain, both of Argentina.
Hosted by the Sport Francés Golf Club and making its second TLA appearance, the tournament will have a purse of US$40,000.
The October swing includes three more tournaments: the Abierto Internacional Hacienda Chicureo, Oct. 14-17; the 84th Chile Open, Oct. 21-24; and the Carlos Franco Invitational, Oct. 28-31.
Tour de las Americas players will be awarded Official World Golf Ranking points starting Jan. 1. The directive, announced in August by the OWGR’s governing board, propels the Latin American tour into the same tier as the OneAsia Tour.