NUEVO VALLARTA, Mexico – This week the Dev Series closes its 2021-22 season in a familiar location. El Tigre Golf Club receives for the secon
NUEVO VALLARTA, Mexico – This week the Dev Series closes its 2021-22 season in a familiar location. El Tigre Golf Club receives for the second consecutive year the event that will have 62 players in action who qualified through the 13 tournaments co-sanctioned by the circuit in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela.
In addition to a US$40,000 prize pool, the field will battle for memberships for the upcoming PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season. Players who finish the week in the top-5 will secure full status, while those who place between 6th and 10th will be exempt for the first half of the schedule. For their part, those who finish between 11th and 15th place, in addition to those between 16th and 20th and tied, will receive two different types of categories with conditional status.
One of the players who stands out in the field is the Chilean Felipe Aguilar, who precisely secured his place in the tournament after winning the Los Lirios Golf Open in his country. The 47-year-old player, a two-time winner on the European Tour, will seek conditions on the Latin American circuit for the first time in his career.
“I was playing a tournament in Chile a few days ago and several friends told me that they were coming to play the Dev Series. I didn’t know if I had a place but because I won a tournament on the calendar I could come. I fixed everything and here I am to have a good time. I’m at an age where I’m looking for fun. After this I will prepare to go to the European school in November to see if I can improve the status I have there,” said Aguilar, who is currently living in Chile where he has three golf academies that promote and develop golf in youth between the ages of 6 and 17.
The only former Dev Series champion present this week at El Tigre Club de Golf is Argentina’s Matías Simaski, who is looking to become a member of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica again. The 29-year-old from Cordoba was part of six of the 12 events that made up the 2021-22 Tour season and his best result was a tie for 32nd place at the Diners Club Peru Open presented by Volvo.
“The field is in better condition than last year. They have changed some bunkers and that makes it look much better. The goal is to return to having conditions on the Tour and what better way to do it than in a tournament that brings back great memories. Although it was not in this venue at the top, great memories come to mind and I hope to be able to repeat history”, said Simaski, who ended up tied for 29th place in this same field in October of last year.
Including Simaski, this is the Dev Series Final champion bracket: