LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic -- Prior to this week, Paul Chaplet was relatively unknown, having received only four letters from colleges.
With a final-round 70 and a 1-shot victory, Chaplet will be known around the world come this April. He will become the first player from Costa Rica to compete in the Masters.
Chaplet entered the final round five shots back of leader Gaston Bertinotti. Bertinotti couldn't sleep last night so he went for walk at 2am. He would wake up at 8:30am to a text from his coach asking of his whereabouts.
Bertinotti hurried through his warmup and made his tee time, but struggled with a 40 on the front nine.
Meanwhile, Chaplet came out of the gates firing with a 33 on the front. Two clutch pars on the final two holes secured his one shot-victory over Jorge Garcia.
“I came into this tournament knowing I had a chance if I played my best golf, and this just proves to me that I can,” Chaplet told Golf Channel. “That’s really all that matters.”
We'll be all watching out for Chaplet in Augusta.