The 115th edition of the VISA Open de Argentina was presented this Tuesday in the Buenos Aires town of Tigre, which will be held from December 2 to 5 at Nordelta Golf Club, will open the 2021/2022 season of the PGA Tour Latin America and He will present the champion with an invitation to participate in the 150th British Open in 2022.
“It is a special edition after all this time that it has been through the pandemic, doing it on a great golf course like Nordelta makes us have certainty that it will be a huge championship. For us it is a responsibility to make a tournament that already has 115 editions and we are working to make it many more ”, said the president of the Argentine Golf Association (AAG), Andrés Schönbaum.
Todd Rhinehart, Executive Director of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, highlighted meanwhile: “It is an honor to return to Argentina to begin the 2021/2022 season of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. This is a great event and for us it is very important that it is the one that opens the tenth year of the Tour in the region”.
“This will be the first year that the Total Play Cup will be played, which will allow players to score points just like the Korn Ferry and the PGA TOUR do. It is very important to be able to have a calendar with twelve tournaments already set up and we are very grateful to all the sponsors who accompany us ”, he added.
Nordelta Golf Club celebrates its fourth edition as host of this prestigious championship and has as former champions César Costilla and Ángel Cabrera and the Colombian Marcelo Rozo.
The course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, was inaugurated in 2008 and is one of the most demanding golf courses in Argentina, with numerous doglegs, wide “wastebunkers” and several water hazards.
The difficulty of the course can increase with the wind, which if it blows will be a great factor to take into account when considering the possible winning score.
In addition, the prestigious Emilio Pereyra Iraola Cup played by amateur players will be at stake. On the other hand, the novelty of this edition is that there will be a Ford Kuga HEV at stake for the first player who manages to make a hole in 1 on par 3 of the 16, both for the fans in the Pro-Am this Wednesday and for professionals from Thursday to Sunday.
While, Mark Lawrie, Director The R&A for Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighted through a video the importance of this championship and the value it has for The R&A that will give the champion of the VISA Open of Argentina presented by Macro an invitation to The 150th Open in St Andrews from July 14 to 17, 2022 .
“For The R&A it is a privilege to be able to once again give an invitation to the winner of this tournament to play The Open, which this time will be special because it is the 150th edition and it will be played in no less than St Andrews. We hope that the player who wins has a great tournament next year in Scotland and represents us in the best way possible. I hope that this week we can celebrate the golf of the region, they have been some difficult years and it is a source of pride to be able to play this championship again ”, said Lawrie, through a video.
Star + will carry out the live broadcast of the last two rounds, Saturday and Sunday, and an online broadcast with a post-tournament show between Monday and Tuesday with everything that happened in the championship.
On the other hand, Argentine player Andrés “Pigu” Romero was enthusiastic about the possibility of winning his first VISA Open in Argentina. “I am very happy to be able to playIn these two years, due to the issue of the pandemic, I was able to do very little. Whenever I come to this tournament I think that I can win it, it would be a dream to be able to do it, I was close a couple of times and I hope this year it will happen to me ”.
This Wednesday the VISA Pro-Am Tournament for Sponsors and Special Guests will be held and on Thursday the 115th edition of the VISA Open of Argentina will begin presented by Macro, the 7th oldest championship in the world and one of the most important in South America. This year it will distribute a bag of US $ 175 thousand dollars and it will be the inaugural event of the 2021/2022 season of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The sale of tickets is carried out by TuEntrada.com and at the entrance of the club (entrance door of the El Golf de Nordelta neighborhood), starting on Thursday, December 2.