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Carranza makes the Order of Merit’s Top 5

With his victory at the Brazil Open presented by Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo, the Argentine made it to the OOM’s fourth spot.

Carranza has reached the OOM's top 5. Enrique Berardi/PGATOUR

Sao Paulo, BR (October 6, 2012) – The Argentines remain in control on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica following four wins by four different players in as many tournaments. Those four winners currently own the leading four spots on the Order of Merit.

At the Sao Fernando Golf Club, Matías O’Curry and Clodomiro Carranza earned valuable points and managed to move closer to Tommy Cocha and Ariel Cañete. Those two remain first and second following strong showings on the first three events of the season.

The only non-Argentine making the top 5 is Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez, who finished second in Brazil to capture his third top 10 in four starts.

At the end of the season, which finishes halfway through December, the leading five players from the Order of Merit will earn status to play on the Tour in 2013.

The following are the players currently holding those five spots:

1. Tommy Cocha (Argentina) US $44,243.75

Winner of the season opening Mundo Maya Open and runner-up at the TransAmerican Open, Tommy failed to make the cut at the Brazil Open.

2. Ariel Cañete (Argentina) US $43,089.67

The TransAmerican Open champion needed a top 15 finish in Brazil to move past Cocha, but finished in a tie for the 24th spot. Anyway, he has made all four cuts and keeps collecting points each week.

3. Matías O’Curry (Argentina) US $39,815

Followed his win at the Arturo Calle Colombian Open with a record setting 62 (-9) at the Sao Fernando GC on Saturday. That score was the lowest of the season on Tour and it left him only a step away from a solo second finish that would have taken him to the top of the Order of Merit. Three top 10’s and four cuts are proof of his consistency.

4. Clodomiro Carranza (Argentina) US $32,163.54

By winning the Brazil Open he entered the Top 5 for the first time this season. His first Tour win was no surprise, as he was one of several players to watch. Entered the season following two wins on the Argentine Tour this year and has made every cut up to this point.

5. José de Jesús Rodríguez (México) US $23,441.04

A short putt missed on the 72nd hole prevented him from winning the Brazil Open on Saturday, but he will definitely be in the hunt many more times this season. He has collected three top 10’s in four stars, and his consistency is currently rewarded with the fifth spot of the Order of Merit. 

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