Pittston Area graduate Brandon Matthews jumped right to the top of the PGA Latinoamerica Tour Order of Merit when he became the youngest U.S. player to ever win an event on the tour.
The 22-year-old from Dupont won the March 9-12 Molina Canuelas Championship at Canuelas Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Matthews opened a three-stroke lead with a third round 65, then shot even-par through more difficult conditions in the final round to hold on for a one-stroke victory at 13-under-par, 275.
“I’m pretty ecstatic right now,” Matthews said in a video interview on the PGA Tour website. “I’m feeling pretty good.
“I’m really happy with the way I played and really happy with the way things turned out, obviously.”
The win makes Matthews exempt on the tour for the rest of this season and all of next season. Through two events and eight rounds on the tour, Matthews has 36 birdies and an eagle.
It was ability to make pars late in the tournament, however, that secured the win for Matthews, a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state champion while at Pittston Area.
“My score was not as good as the other days, but I really played well out there,” said 2016 Temple University graduate who opened the tournament with rounds of 68 and 70. “I made some really crucial putts.”
Matthews has made a tour-high $36,225 in his first two tournaments. He is playing this weekend in the Stella Artois Open in Fuego Maya, Antigua, Guatemala. Next week’s stop is the Honduras Open at the Indura Golf Resort in Tura, Honduras.