“I’ve been close,” Fernández Valdés says of his past visits to the 7,015-yard par 72 course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. “It’s a place that I like, I’m comfortable here and I hope I have a good week.”
Scores have been pretty low for the past two years, with Alex Rocha winning at 29 under in 2020 and Ortiz at 23 under in 2021. “We all know you have to go low here. You have to putt really well to have a chance. There are a lot of birdie opportunities, but there are some holes where you also have to be careful and strategic,” added Fernández Valdés.
The Estrella del Mar Open is the third tournament on the 2021-22 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica schedule. The 12-event wrap-up season that kicked off in December will wrap up in June.
Official name: Estrella del Mar Open now
Appointment: February 17-20, 2022
Reception place: Estrella del Mar Country Club, par 72 (36-36) 7,015 yards
Field: 144 players from 18 countries
Countries and territories represented on the field: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Sweden, United States and Venezuela.
Last Champion (2020): Alex Rocha (Brazil) is not playing this week
Stock Exchange: US$175,000 – Winner’s share US$31,500
Totalplay Cup points: Awarded to the 55 best and tied, 500 to the winner
To cut: Top 55 and Tie
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica uses Totalplay Cup points to measure player success this season. With Jorge Fernandez Valdes 145 points ahead of Alain WagnerHere are the 10 best players in the Totalplay Cup after two of the 12 events on the 2021-22 calendar: