Locals couldn’t be more proud of the opportunities such an event offers for the promotion and development of golf. “Having an international event as big as this allows our youngest players to observe and learn from highly skilled professionals who are measuring themselves at a very high level. This is a great opportunity to develop the game in Ecuador, ”said local player José Andrés Miranda, a member of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and also coach of the Ecuadorian Golf Association.
The number of fans in attendance has been significant in the past, but this time, as the tournament follows health and safety guidelines approved by the Ecuadorian government, attendance numbers will be limited to thirty percent approval.
“We have established all protocols and health measures to make this a safe environment,” said Nicolás Gross, tournament organizer and partner of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in Ecuador. “We are very happy about our plan. A few weeks ago, the government health authorities paid a site visit and approved the biosecurity measures implemented in collaboration with the club and the tour. “
The Banco del Pacifico Open is set to begin on Thursday and will feature a field of 144 players from 20 countries, including 13 local players.
DATES: 24.-27. June 2021
OFFICIAL NAME: Banco del Pacifico Open
HASHTAGS: # BancoDelPacificoOpen21
SCHEDULE: Seventh of eight events in the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season
VENUE: Quito Tennis & Golf Club – Quito, Ecuador
PAR / YARDS: 72 (36-36) 7.412
MERIT ORDER: Winner receives 500 points
MONEY: $ 175,000 (winner calls for $ 31,500)
LAST CHAMPION: Augusto Núñez, Argentina – Not playing this week
EDGE: Top 55 and a tie
FIELD SIZE: 144 players (including 8 who took part via Monday’s qualification)
BREAKDOWN BY FIELD: 144 players from 20 countries take part in this event. The following is the number of players by country: United States (69), Argentina (15), Mexico (14), Ecuador (13), Colombia (8), Canada (4), Chile (4), Brazil (2), Dominican Republic (2), Peru (2), Spain (2), Bolivia (1), Finland (1), France (1), Guatemala (1), Italy (1), Netherlands (1), Norway (1) , South Korea (1) and Venezuela (1).
Monday June 21st – Open Qualification
Tuesday June 22nd – practice session
Wednesday June 23rd – Pro-Am
Thursday June 24th – First round
Friday, June 25th – Second round (cut for the top 55 and tie)
Saturday June 26th – Third round
Sunday June 27th – Fourth and final round
The Banco del Pacifico Open, which has been on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica program since 2014, has provided a great golf test over the years, identifying great champions like current PGA TOUR players Tyler McCumber and Nate Lashley. The last player to win it was Argentine Augusto Núñez, who received the 2019 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Player of the Year award and is currently playing on the Korn Ferry Tour. The following is a quick look at the tournament winners between 2014 and 2019: