(ATR) The final round of the men's individual competition at the Pan American Games came down to a three-way sudden death playoff at the Lima Golf Club.
José Manuel Toledo (silver), Fabrizio Zanotti (gold) and Guillermo Pereira (bronze) (Lima 2019)
Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, José Manuel Toledo of Guatemala and Guillermo Pereira of Chile all finished at 15-under after 72 holes. Toledo fired the day's best round, a 7-under 64, to make the playoff. Pereira also had a strong final round with a 5-under 66. Zanotti, who came into Sunday as co-leader with Brandon Wu of the USA, could only manage a 1-under 70 and lost his four-shot overnight lead when he bogeyed the last hole in regulation.
But in the first hole of sudden death, it was Zanotti who made his putt on the 18th to secure the gold medal, the first in history for his country at the Pan Ams.
"I couldn't let the opportunity escape one more time," Zanotti told Around the Rings
. "I concentrated, convinced myself and shot. I'm really happy and ready to enjoy it."
Toledo won silver but only after a marathon 11-hole playoff with Pereira, who took the bronze.
Women's gold medalist Emilia Migliaccio of the USA (Lima 2019)
The 36-year-old Zanotti and 33-year-old Toledo were a rarity in a field that skewed much younger.
"The age difference is something that made this tournament interesting, as there are kids of 21 years that have an incredible technique," Zanotti said.
Unlike the men, there was no drama on the women's side. Emilia Migliaccio of the United States came into the final round with a six shot lead and ended up winning by four over Julieta Granada of Paraguay. Paula Hurtado of Colombia took the bronze.
The United States won the mixed team competition, which combines the best men's and best women's score for each round from each country. Paraguay took silver while Canada, despite failing to place a golfer on the podium in either of the individual events, won the bronze.
Homepage photo: Lima 2019
Written and reported by Olivia Diaz Ugalde in Lima.
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