The man from Tucumán defeated Mauro Báez after the second tiebreaker shot and won the 56th edition of the tournament. “This is my big goal, I want to win it,” confessed the best-ranked player on the Argentine Professional Tour.
Nelson LedesmaHe fulfilled almost all his dreams, winning in the United States, playing in PGA TOURbut he had to win the tournament where his dream as a golfer grew.
And he had to suffer win the 56th edition of the North Open Copa MacroIf so He needed two playoff holes to beat Mauro Báez in a sense that was exciting.
The 33-year-old from Tucumán shot 63 strokes (-8) in the final round, after nine birdies and a bogey to win his province’s Open for the first time at the Jockey Club of Tucumán with 264 strokes (- 20).
“This is my great goal and the reason I came back from the United States. I wanted to win at home, in the tournament that one always dreams of winning since childhood and fortunately I achieved it with the support of my people, my family, my friends, the truth is that it is a very special that success.“said Ledesma, who also won this year’s Abierto del Centro, at Córdoba Golf Club and leader of the Argentine Golf Professional Tour Ranking.
Ledesma started the final round four shots off the lead and the start was impressive with an eagle chance at 1 and a shot at 2. Birdies at 5 and 9 put him very close to the lead, but it the hitting streak between 12 and 14 left him as the leader of the championship played on Country courts.
“I played well all week, only on the second day things didn’t go my way but then I played great golf and today was the same, from the start of the round I hit very well and left myself a lot of opportunity. In any case, I preferred not to look at the board, but after the 15th hole I heard that I was in the lead.” said Ledesma.
The winner had a chance to decide it on the 72nd hole, but a bogey on the final hole opened the door for Báez to tie the championship and force a playoff. “I felt a little nervous at the end, but I’m confident in my gameLedesma commented.
After tying the first playoff hole, Báez hit his ball in the water on his second shot and it facilitated the victory for Ledesma, who became the seventh straight Tucuman to win the Northern Open.
With the momentum of success, the man from Tucumán travels to the United States with the goal of breaking into the top 30 players on the Korn Ferry Tour, which will guarantee his return to the PGA TOUR. Ledesma is currently ranked 72nd and has three tournaments ahead of him to achieve that feat.
Meaning there were several leaders throughout the afternoon, but both Godoy and Costilla (-18), who were leaders mid-day, finished third, two away from the playoff. Three other Tucumans tied for fifth place: Hernán Kranevitter, Augusto Núñez and Martín Contini (-16).
The best classified amateur was Joaquín Ludueña who finished in 10th place with 275 strokes (-9).
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