Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) – Rafael Becker fired a 7-under 62
in Sunday’s final round and he won the Aberto do Brasil by three strokes.
Becker, who became the first Brazilian to win on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica,
finished at 14-under-par 262 at Gavea Golf and Country Club.
After a bogey at the first, Becker birdied the fifth. He dropped another shot
at seven, but erased that mistake with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.
Becker flew into the lead on the back nine as he eagled the par-4 11th and
followed with a birdie on the 12th. He made another eagle on the par-5 13th to
move to 12-under.
He traded a bogey at 14 for a birdie at 15, then parred the next two holes.
Becker made his third eagle on the back nine at the 18th to win by three.
Joel Dahmen (64) and Ariel Canete (68) both birdied the last to end at
minus-11. Augusto Nunez closed with a 68 to end at 8-under 268. Michel
Buttacavoli (69) and Jorge Fernandez-Valdes (64) tied for fifth at minus-7.
Last week’s Peru Open winner Julian Etulain closed with a 67 to grab a share
of seventh at minus-6.