Merida, Mexico (April 7, 2014) - After four events this season the race to be ranked among Los Cinco – the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Order of Merit Top 5 – heats up. Colombia’s David Vanegas remains the number one ranked player since Week 1, but his lead barely exceeds one thousand dollars over Daniel Mazziotta of Fort Myers, Florida.
Mazziotta, 25, made his Tour debut with a round of 63 before finishing T4 at the season opening Arturo Calle Colombian Open. His victory at the Yucatan Country Club turned him into the first U.S. player to win this season.
Other U.S. players who moved inside the Order of Merit Top 20 after the Mundo Maya Open were Brad Hopfinger, Matt Ryan, Bryan Bigley and Robert Rohanna. The best move among the Latin American players was made by Mexico’s Rodolfo Cazaubón, who missed a birdie putt for the solo second spot in Merida. The six-way tie for sixth allowed him to move into the 11th spot.
At the end of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season, the Order of Merit’s leading five players will earn their card to compete on the Web.com Tour in 2015.
The following are Los Cinco after the Mundo Maya Open:
1) David Vanegas (Colombia) $34,538
The Colombian thought he needed some rest and skipped the Mundo Maya Open. He has been the No. 1 ranked player since his victory at the season opening Arturo Calle Colombian Open. He’ll be back on Tour at the 83rd Abierto OSDE del Centro in Cordoba, Argentina.
2) Daniel Mazziotta (USA) $33,413
After an impressive four-shot victory in windy conditions at the Mundo Maya Open, Mazziotta is full of confidence. He became the third player in as many editions to win the tournament without recording a single bogey at El Jaguar golf course’s par 5s. The 25-year-old shot 12-under on those holes.
3) Armando Favela (Mexico) $31,976
The Stella Artois Open champion kept his good playing in Merida to claim a piece of the 12th spot. He dropped from second to third in the Order of Merit. His consistency week in and week out turns him into a player with the ability to defend his place among ‘Los Cinco.’
4) Rick Cochran III (USA) $ $29,875
With three runner-up finished collected in four starts this season, Cochran has been in contention pretty much every week. If he stays patient a win or several wins will come sooner than later. He has proven to be a smart player, definitely one to watch this season.
5) Marcelo Rozo (Colombia) $27,891
After carding a unlikely 78 in the opening round of the Mundo Maya Open, Rozo came back to make the cut. He was inconsistent during the weekend and a piece of the 32nd place allowed him to keep his spot among Los Cinco.
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