BMW Jamaica Classic a 'test in perseverance' claims champion Wolfe
BMW Jamaica Classic winner Jared Wolfe has described his triumph at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay on Sunday as an exercise in perseverance.
The American, who essentially led wire to wire before claiming a first PGA Tour Latin America title, had to dig deep on the final day before registering a one-stroke win over the Mexican pair of Gerardo Ruiz and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez. Wolfe finished at -21 under, while Ruiz and Rodrigues ended at -20. Despite several rain delays the 29-year-old Kentucky native had dominated the early rounds, holding a six stroke lead over the field by the ninth hole. The final day proved to be far more difficult than anticipated for Wolfe who had birdies on the first and ninth holes, before facing even more heavy weather at the 13th flag where he shot a double bogey. The 29-year-old was, however, able to maintain his slim advantage for the rest of the round.
“It takes a lot mentally and physically and on top of that all the rain delays we had and the short warm-ups, 33 holes and all different things. There’s a lot to take out of it this week in terms of adversity and perseverance,” Wolfe said after the encounter.
“It was great to have the lead after nine holes by that margin. A couple of unfortunate things happened towards the end of the round but I was able to hold on until the end and that’s honestly what it felt like holding on. All in all I’m very excited and very happy.”