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NATIONWIDE - Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open
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DATES: Thursday, February 16th through Sunday, February 19th
SITE: The Country Club of Bogota (Fundadores Course), Bogota, Colombia
COURSE ARCHITECT: John van Kleek (1946)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,237
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 431 Yds10 - Par 3 228 Yds
2 - Par 4 525 Yds11 - Par 4 439 Yds
3 - Par 4 382 Yds12 - Par 4 457 Yds
4 - Par 4 355 Yds13 - Par 5 585 Yds
5 - Par 3 235 Yds14 - Par 4 382 Yds
6 - Par 4 413 Yds15 - Par 3 207 Yds
7 - Par 3 180 Yds16 - Par 4 406 Yds
8 - Par 5 555 Yds17 - Par 4 440 Yds
9 - Par 4 447 Yds18 - Par 5 570 Yds
35 3,523 Yds36 3,714 Yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Brenden Pappas
Runner-Up:  Matt Every
Tournament Record:  273 (Steve Pate, Aaron Watkins, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  202 (Steve Pate, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Brenden Pappas, 2011)
Course Record:  65 (Tag Ridings, Sal Spallone, Jamie Lovemark, Dave Schultz,
  Zack Miller, 2010; Andrew Parr, Aaron Watkins, 2011)
Total Purse:  $600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $108,000; 2nd Place - $64,800; 3rd Place - $40,800
2011 Finish
Brenden Pappas #133Julian Etulain135
Matt Every134David Vanegas135
Scott Brown135Darron Stiles136
Won Joon Lee135Bubba Dickerson136
Clayton Rask135Tyrone Van Aswegen136

# - Weather Shortened

Past Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011#Brenden Pappas (133) -- Matt Every
2010*Steve Pate (273) -- Aaron Watkins

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather Shortened

Top Contenders in the Field
Brenden Pappas---Won
Bubba DickersonwdT-8
Darron Stiles---T-8
Tyrone Van Aswegen---T-8
Andrew BuckleT-6T-11
Aaron Watkins2ndT-13
Alistair PresnellT-42T-13
Cliff KresgemcT-13
Manuel VillegasT-15T-19
Steve Friesen------
Russell Henley------
James Nitties------
Kirk Triplett------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - David Lingmerth
Darkhorse - Jeff Gove
Last Week's Pick to Win - Tour Championship (Danny Lee) - Finished T-8
Last Week's Darkhorse - Tour Championship (Mark Anderson) - Finished T-29
The Nationwide Tour travels to South America this week to kick off the 2012 season at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open in Colombia. Five winners from the 2011 season are in the field - Brenden Pappas (Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open), Russell Henley (Stadion Classic at UGA), Steve Friesen (Price Cutter Charity Championship), James Nitties (Midwest Classic) and Kirk Triplett (News Sentinel Open).

The tournament will be played at the Country Club of Bogota on the Fundadores (Founders) Course, which was founded in 1917. It was the first club in Colombia to have a golf course. The club features two 18-hole golf courses and serves as one of Colombia's most important sports infrastructures. The Country Club of Bogota has hosted the Colombian Open 10 times. Bernhard Langer won the event contested here in 1980.

Last year, Pappas was declared the winner of the rain-shortened tournament at The Country Club of Bogota. Pappas had begun his third round after the second round was completed Sunday morning, but inclement weather forced the cancellation of the third round. Scores reverted back to the end of the second round, where Pappas' nine-under 133 was good enough for the victory. It was a fortunate circumstance for Pappas, who had fallen into a five-way tie for the lead a few holes into the third round. Instead, he finished one shot better than Matt Every, who shot a pair of 67s to come in at eight-under 134. It was Pappas' second career victory on the Nationwide Tour and first since the 2006 Rex Hospital Open.

Pappas is on hand this week to try and become the first player in Nationwide Tour history to successfully defend his title. Pappas finished 41st on the 2011 money list.

In 2010, former PGA Tour winner Steve Pate parred the second playoff hole to defeat Aaron Watkins and win the inaugural tournament. Pate shot rounds of 70-66-66-71 to finish at 11-under-par 273 with Watkins. It was his first win anywhere since the 1998 CVS Charity Classic on the PGA Tour. It was Pate's first Nationwide Tour victory, but he is a six-time winner on the PGA Tour and a two-time United States Ryder Cupper.

The 2010 tournament was the first Nationwide Tour event ever held in South America. PGA Tour player Camilo Villegas is a native of Colombia. Villegas played in the pro-am in 2010 and conducted a youth event. He then flew to Florida and won the PGA Tour's Honda Classic. His younger brother, Manuel, is playing in this tournament. Manuel finished tied for 19th last year.

Pacific Rubiales is a Canadian-listed producer of oil and natural gas with headquarters in Bogota. The company is the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Colombia. The company is focused on identifying growth opportunities in Colombia and northern Peru.

The Nationwide Tour returns in two weeks in Panama for the Panama Claro Championship, where Mathew Goggin captured the 2011 title.

02/14 17:58:15 ET

As of February 14, 2012, at 05:58 PM ET

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