Nicolás Echavarría has not had days off after obtaining his PGA card at the beginning of September. The man from Antioquia had an outstanding performance in the Korn Ferry Tour, where he obtained fifth place. In addition, after overcoming several tournaments and being in the top 10 on several occasions, he got one of the 25 cards and will participate in the highest golf circuit starting this Thursday.
The first test for the 28-year-old golfer will be the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California. In the tournament, he will be accompanied by two other Latin American golfers: Tano Goya and Augusto Núñez, who are also appearing for the first time in an elite competition.
Nicolás Echavarría, statements
“Entering the PGA Tour you lose a lot of people, I've heard it a lot. The fact of changing things, of seeing what others do. The most important thing will be to trust in what I do, in my team and keep improving.
As a racehorse, don't look to the side […] The ‘setting' of the courses is a little more difficult, the conditions are firmer, the hole is played longer”, said Echavarría in an interview for the Federation Colombian Golf.
Echavarría, fourth Colombian with a PGA card
After the results obtained, Nicolás Echavarría became the fourth golfer in the country to obtain the card. The man from Antioquia shares the list with Juan Sebastián Muñoz, Camilo Villegas and Eduardo Herrera.
This Thursday, September 15, he will participate for the first time in a PGA tournament and will face a demanding field. The North Course at the Silverado Resort & Spa is a par 72 course with a total length of 7,123 yards.
The course has ten par 4s, ideal for a long hitter to get birdies. In addition, the par 5s have wide fairways, which will allow you to correct mistakes and hit more shots to reach the flags. Echavarría will have his departure at 10:50 a.m.
(Colombia time) and he will share a group with Tyson Alexander and Matti Schmid. “My first PGA Tour tournament, it's an amazing place to debut because it's a course where you can really understand how tournaments are played on this tour.
The weather forecast for the week doesn't show much rain, so it will be a course that plays much the same as last year. I think the goal is to feel comfortable with what you're doing, but you have to believe it, I'm here for something and it's because I had a very good year on the Korn Ferry Tour, so you have to believe in the process I'm going through”, assured the golfer from Antioquia prior to his first appearance in a PGA tournament.