Austin Squires

• This was a 72-hole, no-cut event.

• Players in this week’s field came from 12 countries or territories: Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain and the United States.

• This was PGA TOUR Latinoamérica 34th Qualifying Tournament. It held its first in 2012, in Argentina. In that first tournament, the Tour declared co-champions after Andrés Echavarria and Daniel Stapff finished regulation tied. This is the fifth time Mission Inn Resort and Club’s El Campeόn Course has hosted a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica qualifier. Austin Squires is the 19th American to capture medalist honors.

• The win giving Austin Squires exemptions into every 2022-23 tournament is big since Squires will miss the season-opening Argentine Open and the Neuquen Argentina Classic the first two weeks of December. Squires has a good excuse. He is marrying his fiancée, Emily, in a ceremony in Sorrento, Florida, on December 3, with the couple planning a Hawaii honeymoon afterward. “In the back of my mind I was thinking I needed to win this week so I can have the rest of the season secured,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that I won’t be there, but at the same time I’m so blessed and so happy to be getting married. Missing tournaments is such a small thing. It’s nice to have that comfort of being exempt through the whole season.”

• Canada’s Brandon Lacasse was the player just outside the top 12, missing on the playoff and the chance for the 12th and final position. Lacasse fired a final-round, 3-over 75 to finish alone in 17th to earn conditional Tour status.

• The last players to earn conditional PGA TOUR Latinoamérica status were those finishing at 5-under and tied for 39th. They were Michael Herrera, Justin Burkhamer and Zachary Burry. A stroke behind and earning no status were Patrick Sullivan and Will Brooks.

• Champion Austin Squires was the only player in the field to fire four sub-70 rounds this week (66-67-68-68).

• John Clare had the round of the day, shooting a 6-under 66 to move from a tie for 37th when the final round begin to a tie for 18th and conditional status.

• Garett Reband was happy to have the back nine over his final 36 holes. In Thursday’s third round, Reband was 2-over on that nine before making six birdies over his final nine holes to shoot a 68. Friday, he again struggled on El Campeon’s front side, putting a top-12 finish in jeopardy. No problem, though. He made four birdies to finish at even-par for the day and 11-under overall, for a fifth-place finish.

• Momentarily, Garett Reband thought he was going to have his fourth consecutive under-par round. On the par-4 closing hole, his approach shot hit into the cup and bounced away. He still rolled in the 11-footer for birdie.

• Former University of Florida golfer Christophe Stutts never did anything spectacular during the first three rounds, shooting two 71s and an opening-round 70. He was tied for 13th when the final round started, and all he did was reel off four consecutive birdies, starting at No. 9 to finish with a 4-under 68 and a tie for sixth. This is the first time he’s ever held any PGA TOUR-affiliated Tour status.

• Phillip Yribarren did well to earn a top-40 finish after the challenging start he had Tuesday. He began the tournament bogey-bogey-bogey-triple bogey and was 6-over through four holes. He was 7-under the rest of the way after his opening 78, shooting scores of 71-70-71 to tie for 27th and pick up conditional status.

Quotable

“I didn’t look at a leaderboard once this week. Then I hit it in the water and I thought, OK, let’s see if I need to do anything. I knew I had a big cushion, but guys shoot so low out here, and anything can happen.” –Austin Squires after he hit his 72nd-hole tee shot into the water

“It means a lot. It’s a huge confidence boost. The last couple of years I feel like I’ve played really good golf without much to show for it.” –Austin Squires on his win

“I’ve had status on Korn Ferry (Tour), PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and (PGA TOUR) Canada and haven’t really done anything on those Tours. I lost both Korn Ferry Tour and Canada status and missed at Korn Ferry second stage by four. It was one of those things where I could mope about it or get back on the horse and execute some shots.” –Austin Squires

“Austin played really well and was keeping the pedal down. My job today was to keep everything simple and keep doing what I had been doing. I never really had to stress too, too hard. That was my goal, and I got it in under par.” –Thomas Lilly

“It’s very gratifying. I’ve been working very hard. To see that hard work pay off is a very good feeling.” –Thomas Lilly

“I got a place now. It’s very exciting. I’m really looking forward to this season. Hopefully we can build on this good play.” –Thomas Lilly on being able to set his schedule, having full status for the first time

“I would like to amend what I said earlier in the week about the front nine being easier. I really haven’t played it very well this week. The back nine has been saving me.” –Garett Reband

“I’m happy to have a job again and a place to play.” –Garett Reband

Final-Round Weather: Sunny and warm in the morning. A front moved through, bringing clouds and light, brief ran in the early afternoon. Mostly sunny after that, with a high of 82. Wind variable at 8-10 mph.

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