Wolfe beats chas­ing BMW Ja­maica Clas­sic pack

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

AMER­I­CAN JARED Wolfe held off a charg­ing pack to se­cure vic­tory at the BMW Ja­maica Clas­sic on the fi­nal day at Cin­na­mon Hill in Mon­tego Bay yes­ter­day.

Wolfe, who en­tered the day with a six-shot lead, fin­ished the round with an even par 72 for a 21 un­der par to­tal of 267.

The Mex­i­can pair of Ger­ardo Ruiz and Jose Ro­driquez fin­ished tied for sec­ond at twenty un­der par while Amer­i­can Tee K Kelly was lone fourth with 19 un­der par.

It was a drama-filled day for Wolfe, who looked com­fort­able at twenty-three un­der en­ter­ing the back nine, but a mis­take by his caddy caused an in­fringe­ment which cost the Amer­i­can a two-stroke penalty.

With only a dou­ble bo­gey on hole thir­teen be­ing the only blem­ish, Wolfe would play steady golf com­ing in hold off the charg­ing Mex­i­cans, and claim the in­au­gu­ral BMW Clas­sic ti­tle.

“I am so elated right now. I played re­ally well all four days and even though we had that penalty on hole nine, I de­cided to put in be­hind me and just did enough to see it home.”

For his ef­forts, Wolfe walked away with the BMW Tro­phy and US$31,500.

“This win is spe­cial for me af­ter com­ing close in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic last week, I knew I had it in me to fin­ish in pole po­si­tion this week. The course is in fan­tas­tic con­di­tions and the greens were su­per awe­some. I love Ja­maica, mon.”

RECORD BREAKER

An­other high­light of the fi­nal round was Amer­i­can Michael McGowan break­ing the course record, which was set by an­other Amer­i­can, Jared Gar­cia, on Satur­day.

Gar­cia held the record for just a cou­ple hours as his nine un­der par 63 was whipped away by McGowan’s ten un­der par 62 in the third round. His score in­cluded eleven birdies.

Tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Peter Lindo was a very ex­hausted but pleased man af­ter the fi­nal round.

“I must say that it was a tough week, but a very re­ward­ing one for golf in Ja­maica. The weather did its part to make it hard for us, but we pulled to­gether and de­liv­ered a re­mark­able pro­fes­sional tour­na­ment here in Mon­tego Bay.

The PGA Latin Amer­ica tour takes a break be­fore it re­sumes in Au­gust with the COPA NEC tour­na­ment in Paraguay.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Amer­i­can Jared Wolfe plays a shot dur­ing the BMW Ja­maica Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment which ended at Cin­na­mon Hill in Mon­tego Bay yes­ter­day. Wolfe won with a 21 un­der par to­tal of 267.

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