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Get to know Mito Pereira

Get to know Mito Pereira

An insight into the man who came so close at the 2022 US PGA Championship.


Mito Pereira spent most of Sunday at the top of the US PGA Championship leaderboard before a closing double-bogey saw him narrowly miss out on a play-off.

Here are a few things to know about the 27-year-old from Chile, who finished in a tie for third.

- Guillermo "Mito" Pereira Hinke was born in Santiago, Chile on March 31 1995.

- His father played golf and Mito's earliest golfing memory is hitting balls with a plastic club as he started playing the game at the age of three.

- Was scouted to join the IMG Academy in Florida and achieved success as a teenager, finishing runner-up at The Junior Open in 2010.

- Despite that success, he quit the game at 15, only to return two years later and begin making a major impact in South America.

- Aged just 17 and still an amateur, he won the Abierto Internacional de Las Brisas de Chicureo on his home Tour in 2013.

- Represented his country in the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy, an event which also featured Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau among a host of future DP World Tour stars.

- Attended Texas Tech University in 2014-2015 but played just one season of collegiate golf before turning professional after reaching Number Five in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

- Three more wins on his home Tour would follow before a breakthrough at the Roberto De Vicenzo Punta del Este Open Copa NEC on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica in 2016, becoming the first Chilean to win on that circuit.

- Finished third on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica in 2016, earning a spot on the Korn Ferry Tour.

- After two seasons on the Korn Ferry Tour, he spent the 2019 season back on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, finishing tenth on the Order of Merit.

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- Missed the cut on his Major debut at the 2019 U.S. Open Championship after coming through qualifying in Florida.

- Won his first Korn Ferry Tour event at the 2020 Country Club de Bogota Championship before claiming back-to-back triumphs at the REX Hospital Open and BMW Charity Pro-Am the following year.

- Those three victories in the merged season due to the coronavirus pandemic earned him promotion to the PGA Tour.

- Represented Chile again at the Men's Olympic Golf Competition in 2021, missing out on a bronze medal in a seven-man play-off.

- He is a keen fisherman and motocross enthusiast, with Bubba Stewart his favourite sportsman outside of golf.

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