Paul Chaplet Captures Latin American Amateur
Latin American Amateur winner Paul Chaplet will play in the Masters
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.
ABOUT THE Latin America Amateur
72-hole stroke play tournament launched in 2015
consortium that includes The Masters
The R&A and the United States Golf Association
(USGA). The prestigious event is aimed at
growth and inspiring interest in the game
South America, Central America, Mexico and the
The 120-player field is typically comprised of the
male amateurs representing the 29 member
and territories of the International Golf Federation
the Latin America region. Each country/territory is
automatically provided two positions, which they
with their highest-ranked players from the World
Amateur Golf Ranking as of early November. The
exception is for the host country, which will be
allowed a total of 10 players.
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