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Abel Gallegos secures spot to The Open and Masters with Mexico win

Teenager Abel Gallegos earned himself trips to the Masters and The Open with an impressive victory at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

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Latin America Amateur Championship

The 17-year-old from Argentina overturned a two-stroke deficit on the final day at El Camaleon Golf Club to post a four-under 67 and register a four-shot win.

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Gallegos raced ahead with three birdies in his opening seven holes and added another at the par-three 11th, only to bounce back from a bogey at the 15th to complete victory with a final-hole gain.

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“It was an amazing day,” Gallegos said. “It was difficult to get up in the morning, knowing I had all this pressure. When I woke up, I stood up, I looked at myself in the mirror and I said, ‘You can do this. Let’s do it.'”

Three birdies in the last six holes saw Aaron Tarrazas match Gallegos’ 67 and secure second spot on level-par, while overnight leader Jose Vega finished five off the pace after a three-over 74.

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