Rosario, Argentina (Nov. 23). In a thrilling finish, the Argentine player made a 8-foot putt for eagle on the final hole to win the 80th Abierto del Litoral NEC, presented by Vicentin. Miguel Carballo completed his final round with a 67 to total 269 (11-under) and win by one over Jorge Monroy and Julio Zapata.
"I am very happy, it's my first win in Argentina, so it means a lot to me after a difficult year," said the 35-year-old that played this year in the PGA TOUR but could not keep his card.
Carballo reached the final hole one stroke behind Zapata who had finished with three birdies in the last four holes. The par-5 18th ,the signature hole of Rosario Golf Club, presents the possibility of an eagle. Carballo hit a great drive and had only 180 yards to the hole. He took a 7-iron and the ball landed just 8 feet from from the hole.
But there was still one more ingredient to this story. Jorge Monroy, who was the leader after 54 holes and playing alongside Carballo, made eagle from long distance and tied Zapata at 10-under par.
Carballo's pulse didn't tremble and he made his eagle putt to win the tournament.
"The secret was to stay calm, I made bogey at 2 and suddenly I was four strokes behind Jorge (Monroy), but luckily I focused in the back nine and could finish in a great way."
"The wind today was decisive and the greens were hard, this was undoubtedly the most difficult of the four days," told Carballo who scored four rounds under par (68-68-66-67).
Julio Zapata had the best round of the day, 64, and tied for second place with Jorge Monroy.
Carballo played on the PGA TOUR this season but failed to save his card. He made only five cuts in 15 events: "It was a tough year, I couldn't play my best golf and I lost my card," said Carballo who the next two weeks will be playing on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The 80° Abierto del Litoral NEC, presented by Vicentin was part of the Developmental Series. The Top Five got their place in the Developmental Series Final to be played in January in Ecuador.