Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira clinched his place in the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool by winning the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) in January 2023.
The Argentine stormed to the top of the leaderboard and set a new tournament record score of 265, breaking Joaquin Niemann’s previous record by eight shots, to finish on 23-under-par.
Fernandez de Oliveira, a runner-up at the LAAC in 2022, donned his national colours of light blue and white on the final day at the Grand Reserve Golf Club and held off Mexico’s Luis Carrera by four shots.
There is added poignancy to Fernandez de Oliveira’s qualification for Hoylake as it was the venue where his countryman Roberto de Vicenzo became the first Argentine to win a major when he edged out Jack Nicklaus to lift the Claret Jug in 1967.
By winning the LAAC, the 23-year-old also booked his spot at the 2023 Masters and US Open.