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Positive start for former players now on the Tour

With two players in the top 25 of the money list, the start of the Tour season is promising for former PGA TOUR Latinoamérica members.

Manny Villegas has one Top-10 and three Top-25. Photo Archive PGA TOUR

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., USA ( May 5, 2014 ) - With a third of the Tour calendar complete, players who graduated or have experience in the NEC Series PGA TOUR Latinoamerica the past two seasons have played well in most of the Tour’s eight tournaments thus far.  

Among those who have been most prominent are Colombian Manuel Villegas and Mexican Fraustro Oscar, who for the moment are within the 25 players who will get their PGA TOUR card for 2015 (The 25). There are three other players in the Top 50, while seven other players are in the Top 100. 

PGA TOUR Latinoamerica players have finished in the Top-10 in five tournaments of which three were Top 5 ( Villegas, Fraustro and Vazquez ) and each week there has been at least one member of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica into the Top-15. 

It is also important to highlight the positive impact it has on the players that are playing this year on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. Kent Bulle had two top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and after playing in Uruguay got off the plane to play Monday Qualification last week in Valdosta, Georgia. He got one of the spots and not only made the cut but finally finished 19th in an outstanding performance. 

But undoubtedly the main Latin attraction is Mexican Carlos Ortiz, who won two events and leads the Money List. Ortiz played only one event of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2013, when he was still an amateur. Then he went through all qualifying stages to reach the Tour which he is leading. He is also a sample of all the talent we have in our region. 

This is the summary so far: 

18°) Manuel Villegas ( Colombia ) : Played eight events and made the cut in five with one Top 10 and three top-25s. His fourth-place finish in the Brazil Champions presented by HSBC was the best performance so far from our players. 

21°) Oscar Fraustro ( Mexico ) The Mexican who finished second in the Order of Merit in 2012 has two top-10 and one top-15 . He made five consecutive cuts and knowing the courses after playing last year will help him. 

29°) Ryan Blaum ( USA) Four Top-25s in his last four appearances, with an 11th place last week in Valdosta, Georgia. After a hesitant start the 2013 winner of Los Cinco he is finding the confidence that gave him the 1 in Latin America. 

41°) Jose de Jesus Rodriguez ( Mexico ) : "Camaron" had a good start with a Top 10 and Top 20, but in recent weeks he failed to stand out. Anyway, he earned enough money to improve his condition and probably will play a full schedule. 

50°) Fabian Gomez ( Argentina ) : Not a regular player on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, but was the 2013 Personal Classic champion. Two consecutive 11th-place finishes, but the fact that he alternates with the PGA TOUR is not allowing him to achieve consistency in this Tour. 

56°) Sebastián Vázquez ( Mexico ): He had an outstanding start with a Top 10 ( Lousiana ) and Top 25 (Chile ) but missed the cut in the last two events, but his talent allows him to dream that any week could be "His" week. 

60°) Andres Echavarria (Colombia) Took advantage of the first part of the calendar that was played in Latin America. Two Top 25s (Chile and Brazil) will allow him to continue playing for much of 2014 on the Tour. 

68°) Roberto Diaz (Mexico) : He took full advantage of the invitation to play the El Bosque Championship and scored two Top 15s, allowing him to have a category for the 2014 season. 

Among the top 100: 72°) Hugo Leon ( Chile) One Top-15 but made the cut in the last three events which will give him confidence for what comes ahead. 83°) Bronson Burgoon (USA) , one top-15 and four cuts made. 86°) Timothy O'Neal (USA) Three consecutive Top-30 placed him in a good position, but then he missed four straight cuts. 90°) Jorge Fernandez Valdes (Argentina) A Top 15 early in the season so far was the best for the young Argentine.

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