Chile’s Gana wins Latin America Amateur, earns spot in Masters

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PANAMA CITY (AP) – Toto Gana of Chile atoned for a bogey on the final hole Sunday with a birdie on the second extra hole to win a three-man playoff in the Latin America Amateur Championship and earn a trip to the Masters.

Gana’s 15-foot par putt on the 18th hole at the Golf Club of Panama caught the right lip. He closed with a 71 to join best friend Joaquin Niemann (70) and Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico (71) in the sudden-death playoff.

Ortiz narrowly missed a birdie on the 18th in a playoff to win. On the 10th hole, Gana hit wedge to 3 feet for the victory.

Along with going to Augusta National in April, Gana is exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open.

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