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Aberto do Brasil presented by Credit Suisse -Hedging Griffo

Oct 14-20, Gavea Golf Club

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Acosta, Lim, Blaum and Wagner are the co-leaders in Gavea. Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR

Wide open race for the title of the 60th Aberto do Brasil

Four players who will enter the final round in a tie for the lead at 8-under par 199

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Oct. 19, 2013) - With only one round left to play it is quite difficult to predict who will turn out to be the champion of the 60th playing of Aberto do Brasil presented by Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo.

This Saturday, in a typical movers’ day, four players finished in a tie for the lead at 8-under 199. The four on top are Argentina’s Gustavo Acosta (62), Alan Wagner (68) and the United States’ KC Lim (65) and Ryan Blaum (68).

Among these co-leaders, Blaum and Wagner have the advantage of knowing how to win on NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, which is celebrating the ninth event of its 2013 season.

The pacesetters have a two-shot lead over the duo of Bronson Burgoon (67) and Andres Echavarría (68). Six other players, including locals Alex Rocha (65), Philippe Gasnier (68) and Ronaldo Francisco (72) are in a tie seventh and trail by three.

Sixteen players are separated by only four strokes, so Sunday promises to be a wide open race for the title at historic Gávea Golf & CC.

“In addition to enjoying a beautiful day, today we took advantage of knowing the course better after playing three days in a row here. By now, you start to have a feeling for the greens and handle the distances a lot better, specially on those holes with huge elevation changes. You know, you get adjusted and you know which club to hit and you do it a lot better,” said Acosta, who secured his 8-under total two hours before play concluded.

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NOTES:

Weather. For the first time this week the sun came out and the skies were clear. Temperatures 77-80 F. Winds S 14 mph.

Final-round tee times.  Twosomes, all teeing off from No. 1. First tee time is at 7:30 a.m., while the leaders are scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. and 12:40 p.m.

Acosta matches low round of the week. Argentina’s Gustavo Acosta had an inspired round of two eagles, four birdies and only one bogey to make a strong charge. He had started in a tie for 24th. His 7-under 62 matched the lowest score of the week, which was posted first by Rio de Janeiro’s Philippe Gasnier on Thursday.

KC Lim’s flawless back nine. After finishing no better than 51st on his previous eight Tour starts this season, Lim found something this morning in Rio. After carding a couple of 67s over the first two days he went on to shoot 65, making four birdies and no bogeys on the back nine.

“I fixed my swing. I got a lesson from a buddy’s caddie this morning in the range and it got me figuring out what was wrong. I don’t know Spanish and he doesn’t know English, but we figured it out together this morning on the range. It was something very minor. I got a little bit closer to the ball, that’s it. My swing is great, tempo is great, but I was standing too far away from the ball, that was it and I got the hang of it,” said Lim, a 29-year-old from San Antonio, Texas.

Blaum gets in position again. For the second time in his last three Tour starts, Ryan Blaum is once again in position to win. With his victory at the 2013 Dominican Republic still fresh, he has the confidence and the game to get the job done. Saturday was not easy, as he started making a bogey and nine pars on his first ten holes.

“I’m proud about how patient I stayed early. I couldn’t hit it close and I couldn’t make a putt, but I knew I would feel a little more comfortable on the back nine, especially the first five holes, near the water, and I was able to hit a great 7-iron on the par-five 13for eagle. Overall, it was a good day. I’m right where I want to be and I feel fortunate to be where I am right now,” said the former Duke Blue Devil Blaum.

Alan Wagner fights hard. The 2012 Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC champion Alan Wagner stayed busy today. His card included an eagle at the third, but also a triple bogey on the ninth, where he hit his first tee shot out-of-bounds. Like Blaum, who was paired with him on the penultimate group, he tied the lead with a birdie on 18, where both missed 20-footers for eagle.

“Luckily I was able to recover and I'm in good position for tomorrow. Beyond that bad hole I had on 9, I'm very happy with my performance so far,” said the 25-year-old from Buenos Aires. “On this golf course, with four leaders and so many player close to the top, the tournament remains wide open. I'm happy to have a chance, but I also know that there are many players who have their shot as well. It’s just a matter of staying patient and hoping for the best for tomorrow."

Alex Rocha keeps his hopes alive. After finishing birdie-birdie on a day in which he carded a 4-under par 67, the top Brazilian player revived his hopes of claiming the Aberto do Brasil for the first time. In a tie for seventh, Rocha shares leading Brazilian honors with Philippe Gasnier (68) and Ronaldo Francisco, who failed to keep the good pace that gave him the outright lead through 36 holes. Francisco carded a 72 on Saturday.

Tano Goya. After 73 and 68, Goya taught he was done for the week. However, he managed to made the cut on the line and fired a bogey-free 63 to make his move. This former European Tour champion moved into a tie for the 17th spot and trails the leaders by only five.

"Camarón" Rodríguez. The Order of Merit No. 1, José de Jesús Rodríguez, was another notable who made the cut right on the number. Today he had eight birdies, but gave a few shots back making a double-bogey on 14 and a bogey on 16. His round of 64 left him in a tie for 19th place, six shots behind the leaders.

Bogey-free rounds. Tano Goya ( Argentina ) 63 and Nelson Ledesma ( Argentina ) 68.

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