The Argentines Romero and Fernández Valdes, on the lookout for the French Gandon at the 115th VISA Open of Argentina, which is enjoyed live on Star +

The French Jeremy Gandon remains at the top of the 115th VISA Open of Argentina presented by Macro after signing this Saturday a card of 75 strokes (+3) and, with a total of 206 (-10), continues to be the leader of the championship after 54 holes. However, just one stroke from the pointer are the Argentines Andrés Romero (today 65) and Jorge Fernández Valdés (67), and the Korean Rak Cho (67). All of them will seek this Sunday, with a live broadcast of Star +, to conquer the trophy and, thus, qualify directly to The 150th Open that will be played in St Andrews in 2022.

With an ideal day for playing golf, the always challenging Nordelta GC course, a Jack Nicklaus design, put the young Frenchman’s nerves to the test, who had a difficult finish with 39 strokes in the last 9, with a double bogey in the 18th (three putts). “I did not have the ideal closure, but I am still the leader of the championship. In the end the wind started to blow a little stronger and the court got more difficult. There are still 18 holes left and I am the pointer. It will be a good Sunday and I will have to be focused throughout the round ”, remarked the 25-year-old professional (he fulfilled them this Saturday) who played and studied for Kansas State University.

For its part, Romero showed all his category in this “moving day” in Nordelta and put himself in excellent position for the definition after deducting 10 strokes compared to Gandon. The tucumano passed two under par in the first leg (he dropped on 1 and 4) and saved the best for last: he accumulated another five birdies (10, 11, 13, 16 and 18) to enthuse the public and hope that this Sunday people will accompany him in search of his first title at the VISA Open in Argentina.

“I am very happy, yesterday I already started to play much better, especially with the drive, I knew I had to make a lap without errors and I hit the starts very well. It is a tournament that I want to win forever, I had several chances to do it and they escaped me. But with today’s return I gave myself a very good opportunity and tomorrow I am going to leave calm, which is when I play better ”, commented the“ Pigu ”, winner of one title on the PGA TOUR and two on the European Tour. “I started badly the first two days because I have a sprained ankle and yesterday with my shoes I got blisters and I could hardly walk. Today I had to play with street shoes and it was difficult for me to assert myself, but I played much more comfortable ”, he concluded.

Meanwhile, the other Argentine who got into the fight is Fernández Valdés, who seeks to return to the great level that he was able to demonstrate when he arrived at the Korn Ferry Tour in 2016. “I am playing well, since yesterday I have been increasing my game. I am satisfied with what I did today, although I wasted some chances, but I put myself in a good place for the last round “said the Cordovan winner of three titles on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Secondly, Vicente Marzilio, also from Argentina, is the only fan who made it past the qualifying cut and is on his way to winning his first Pereyra Iraola Cup. The 20-year-old from Hindú Golf Club signed a card of 71 strokes (-1) and is ranked 10.

The 115th VISA Open of Argentina presented by Macro at Nordelta GC, which celebrates its 4th edition as host of this prestigious championship and has as former winners the Argentines César Costilla and Ángel Cabrera and the Colombian Marcelo Rozo.

The course 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.

The 7th oldest championship in the world and one of the most important in South America distributes a purse of US $ 175 thousand dollars and is the inaugural event of the 2021/2022 season of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The sale of tickets is carried out by and at the entrance of the club (entrance door of the El Golf de Nordelta neighborhood), starting on Thursday, December 2.

On Saturday December 4 and Sunday 5, Star + subscribers will be able to enjoy it LIVE with a very special coverage from the Nordelta Golf Club. The transmissions will be in charge of the specialists Matías Anselmo and Hernán Rey, with the valuable contribution from the own field of Nora Ventureira, Valeria Quesada and Gustavo Piovano.

Sunday 5th

Final lap
At 4:00 p.m. from ARG / CHI / PAR / URU, 3:00 p.m. from BOL / VEN and 2:00 p.m. from COL / ECU / PER
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