Argentina’s Daniel Altamirano grabbed the limelight ahead of his illustrious compatriot Angel Cabrera to lead at the end of the weather affected first round of the 77th Abierto Visa del Centro presentado por Personal at Cordoba Golf Club.
Altamirano was one of the 72 players who had to return on Friday morning to complete his first round after heavy rain had brought Thursday’s play to a halt and he did so in style with birdies at both the 17th and the 18th holes for a six under par 65.
It gave him a one shot lead over another player who had to return to finish off, Taco Remkes of the Netherlands, while Cabrera – bidding to win the title for the fourth year in a row – was one of five players in a share of third place after opening 67s.
Having won the 74th, 75th and 76th editions of the event – the first official event of the 2008 Tour de las Americas, and co-sanctioned by the European Challenge Tour – the local hero not unreasonably started a warm favourite - and showed exactly why.
The reigning US Open Champion began his bid for a four-timer by birdieing the fourth, sixth, 12th and 13th holes and negotiated his home course without dropping a shot.
Alongside Cabrera are Sweden’s Christopher Hanell, Paraguay’s Raul Fretes, and the English duo of Gary Boyd and David Horsey.