ZIMBABWEAN golfer Ryan Cairns’s bid to play on the US PGA Tour suffered a blow after he failed to make the cut at the PGA Tour Latinoamérica qualifying tournament in Peru on Friday.
Needing to finish in the top 20 to gain full exemption for 2014 PGA Tour Latinoamérica, Cairns fell shot as he completed the 72-hole tournament in a tie for position 49 on the leaderboard.
The 29-year-old promising golfer, playing in South America for the first time carded rounds of 75-73-75-73 at the very challenging Country Club La Planicie in Lima for a total of eight-over-par 296.
Cairns, who will also play at the 2014 PGA Tour Canada qualifying tournament in May, expressed his disappointment at missing out in Peru.
“Despite chipping in for eagle at the 14th hole before sinking a 40-foot putt for birdie on the final hole of the tournament, my bid to secure playing privileges fell just one shot outside the qualifying score in Peru this week. Thank you to everyone for the support throughout the event,” Cairns said.
Mexico’s Rodolfo Cazaubón finished the week at eight-under-par 280 to win PGA Tour Latinoamérica first qualifying tournament by two strokes.
The 24-year-old Mexican, who is just four months into his career as a professional turned out to be the leading man among 48 players from 16 countries who earned status for the 2014 PGA Tour Latinoamérica season.
The leading 20 players secured full exemption status, while the following 28 earned conditional status for a season that begins on February 17 in Colombia.