Sam Stevens consistency pays off with a one-shot win in Colombia

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Sam Stevens consistency pays off with a one-shot win in Colombia

The first two albatrosses of the 2020/21 season were picked up this week by Argentina’s Leandro Marelli (first round) and Guatemala’s José Toledo (second round) at the 525-yard par-5 No. 8. Both Marelli and Toledo are the first two players to pick up two albatrosses during their PGA TOUR Latinoamerica careers.

Marelli took his first place in 2016, during the second round of the Lexus Panama Classic at the Buenaventura Golf Club in Rio Hato, Panama. Toledo had its first in 2019, during the third round of the Diners Club Peru Open at Los Inkas Golf Club in Lima, Peru.

This was also the third time PGA TOUR Latinoamérica had two albatrosses during the same tournament. In March 2014, there were two albatrosses at the Guatemala Stella Artois Open at La Reunión Resort, a 2 from Englishman Charlie Ford on par 5 and a 1 from Argentine Cesar Monasterio on par 4. Four weeks later, on April 25, two albatrosses played at the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational at the Club de Golf del Uruguay on the same day. The first came from the Colombian Juan Pablo Luna on the 14th par-5 and the second from the Argentinian amateur Franco Martinangeli, who was the first to record a 1 on the par-4.

Quotable

“Today was pretty good again. It was pretty solid. There were a few loose strokes from the tee to start the round, but I was able to set a little better throughout the round; just make better turns. ”- Sam Stevens

“The last couple of holes I felt like I was making pretty good turns. I didn’t putt well, but the greens are tough out here and they’ve been like that all week. I was just excited to get it into the house. ”- Sam Stevens

“I made a great putt on 10 to start the second nine and it kind of got me going. I thought that maybe I would do a few more birdies. The whole Back Nine was pretty calm, pretty stress-free. ”- Sam Stevens

“I had the feeling that I hit a little better from tee to green over the past three days. My ball hit wasn’t that good, but I putted a little better. Basically, I made some 15-foot and 20-foot angles on the holes you will need for birdie. It felt like I scored better the days before, but today I got the best results, so this is the game of golf. ”- Paul Imondi

“The eagle was actually very strange. I hit a hybrid which I did off the tee every day but I pushed it right and it hit the tree and basically fell right down. I basically had 313 yards to the pin and I hit a 3-wood as hard as I could and somehow got it on the leading edge to about 25 feet and made the putt. I had hit 7 and 6 irons in this green for the first three days, and today I hit a tree and a great 3-wood. ”- Paul Imondi describes the eagle he saw at the 507-yard par 5 number fifteen

Final round weather

Mostly cloudy, with a maximum of 81. Humidity at 77 percent. Wind from WNW with 7 mph.

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