PANAMA CITY — Omar Morales of Mexico opened with three fast birdies on his approach to a 5-under 65, giving him a three-shot lead going into the ultimate spherical of the Latin America Novice. At stake is an opportunity to play in three majors this yr.
Morales was on the verge of pulling away till discovering water off the tee on the par-5 18th at Santa Maria Golf Membership and making double bogey.
He was at 7-under 203.
A junior at UCLA, he’ll try to hitch Alvaro Ortiz in 2019 as the one Mexican winners of the Latin America Novice in its nine-year historical past.
The winner will get a spot within the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. Morales final summer season hit the opening tee shot within the U.S. Open at Los Angeles Nation Membership, having made it by two qualifiers.
Santiago De la Fuente of Mexico had a 66 and was three photographs behind, with Mateo Fuenmayor of Colombia one other shot again after a 68.
Morales is No. 72 on this planet novice rating, the very best within the area at Santa Maria.