Four-way logjam through 54 holes at qualifying tournament in Mazatlan

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By Staff January 25, 2019 11:18

Four-way logjam through 54 holes at qualifying tournament in Mazatlan

At the  PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s second Qualifying Tournament at Estrella del Mar, the top of the leaderboard merely became more crowded Thursday as four players moved to 14-under to share the lead through 54 holes. Americans Jacob Bergeron, Tom Whitney, and Carson Jacobs all shot 7-under 65s in the third round to get to 14-under, while Guatemala’s Jose Toledo shot a 69 to join the Americans in the lead with 18 holes to play. Americans Ben Corfee and Matt Ryan are tied for fifth, a stroke back, with Spencer Smith two behind.

Whitney was very pleased with his round and said he “didn’t really make a mistake.” The United States Air Force Academy graduate hit 12 of 14 fairways and 17 of 18 greens on a windy, blustery day.

“I was just very comfortable out there,” he said of his five-birdie, one-eagle performance. Bergeron had an interesting final nine holes to his day as he moved to the top of the scoreboard. He played the front nine of Estrella del Mar Golf & Beach Resort last, and after making birdie on No. 1—his 10th hole of the day—he alternated between birdies and pars after that, all his birdies coming on the odd-numbered holes.

Jacobs made the most birdies of the day—nine—with two bogeys, three of his birdies coming on the course’s four par-5s. Toledo was enjoying a solid round, with five birdies and 11 pars through 16 holes. Then he got in trouble on No. 17 and made double bogey.

Did you know that before Jacob Bergeron turned pro and withdrew from Louisiana State University, he was as high as 12th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking?

Key Information

There is no cut. All players are allowed to finish 72 holes.

Matt Moroz is going to need to rally on Friday if he hopes to earn any PGA TOUR Latinoamerica status. He is currently 81st after shooting a 1-under 71 Thursday to go with his 77-74 start. He did have a highlight in his third round, though. At 1-under for day standing in the fairway on the par-5 seventh hole, he faced a 282-yard second shot. He hit his second shot, and the ball rolled in the hole for an albatross. He ended up giving all three strokes back as the round progressed, with bogeys at Nos. 9, 12 and 16.

José Toledo has still not had a bogey in his first 54 holes. He has made 18 birdies and 34 pars. However, he has had two double bogeys, on No. 3 in the first round and on No. 17 Thursday.

Canada’s Hugo Bernard made a big move Thursday. After back-to-back 72s to begin the tournament, Bernard fired a 6-under 66 that included five birdies, an eagle and a bogey. After beginning the day tied for 58th, he is now tied for 28th.

Ben Corfee and amateur Derek Bayley both shot third-round 64s, and that tied them him for low scores of the week, with Matt Ryan (first round).

Derek Bayley is the low amateur through 54 holes. He is tied for eighth after shooting an 8-under 64 Thursday. Bayley is midway through his senior season at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Other amateurs inside the top 25 are Joshua Seiple and Andrew Hammett, both tied for 17th. Seiple is a senior at the University of Mississippi, while Hammett is a senior at Ferris State.

Guatemala’s José Toledo shares the third-round lead, and the other Latin American player in position to earn PGA TOUR Latinoamérica membership this week is Mexico’s Raul Pereda (tied for 15th). Mexico’s Juan Carlos Benitez is one spot outside conditional membership through 54 holes. He’s tied for 39th. Mexico’s Carlos Trevino and Pablo Rincon both helped themselves by shooting 69 and 70, respectively, Thursday. They are tied for 43rd. Trevino moved up 13 places, while Rincon jumped five positions.

There were 57 under-par third round scores compared to 53 a day earlier and 49 in the first round.

First-round leader Matt Ryan is tied for fifth with Ben Corfee and in position to earn his card. After opening with a 64-71, he was back in the 60s Thursday, shooting a 68.

Quotable

“I made a lot of putts. I’ve been putting pretty well this week, but my reads have just been a little off. Today my reads were more accurate, and the putts really started dropping.” –Ben Corfee

“You can be pretty aggressive when you’re in the right spots. But then there are certain spots where you have to be more careful.” –Ben Corfee
“It was unexpected. I picked a 6-iron where I couldn’t go wrong. I was hoping for the front bunker, and it landed just over it, about two feet onto the green and rolled to seven feet. I made a dead-center putt.” –Tom Whitney on his eagle at No. 14

“Another under-par round, I think, will do it for me to get full (membership) status. I’m just going to go out and do the same thing I’ve been doing the last three days.” –Tom Whitney

“I played PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2016, and that’s how I graduated to the Web.com Tour in the first place. So, hopefully, I can experience that again in 2019.” –Tom Whitney

“I felt very good today. I hope the putts fall [Friday] because I have been able to give myself opportunities all week.” –José Toledo

“I want to be active on this Tour because I want to earn points from the World (Golf) Ranking. I want to represent my country in the Olympic Games and Pan-American events. That’s very important to me.” –José Toledo

Tournament Fast Fact

Two more PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Qualifying Tournaments will follow this one—in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. They will be held simultaneously on January 28-February 1.

Source: PGA Tour

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