Keeping Score

Teen Abel Gallegos earns spots in 2 major events

17-year-old becomes first Argentine to win in 6-year history of Latin America Amateur, securing Masters and British Open berths

Abel Gallegos, the 2020 Latin America Amateur champion

4: Number of strokes under par that Argentina’s Abel Gallegos finished Sunday to win the Latin America Amateur in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Gallegos punctuated his four-stroke victory with a birdie at the 451-yard par-4 18th at Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleon Golf Club on the Yucatan Peninsula for a 4-under 67 to finish at 280, the only player under par for 72 holes. Mexico’s Aaron Terrazas also closed with a 67 to finish solo second at even-par 284. Gallegos, 17, set himself up for the final round by making birdie on Nos. 17 and 18 to close within two strokes of 54-hole leader Jose Vega of Colombia. Gallegos, the first Argentine in the six-year history of the tournament to win, secured berths in the Masters and British Open. The tournament, founded by the Masters Tournament, the R&A and the U.S. Golf Association to promote the game in Latin America and the Caribbean, also awards its champion berths in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open and spots in the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur (scores).

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