Not many players can claim to have moved up 804 places on the world rankings in one week, but that is what Celia achieved with his victory at the 2019 Visa Argentina Open, where he rolled in a 32-foot birdie putt at the third extra hole to defeat American Brandon Matthews and also claim his first trip to The Open Championship.
He began the week 1,566th in the world and finished it 762nd. It was his first title on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica for four years and came despite the fact he began the final round tied for sixth and double-bogeyed his opening hole.
Celia subsequently eagled the 10th and birdied four of the last five holes to catch Matthews, himself 1,322nd on the rankings.
“Thinking that I’ll be playing with players such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy makes me extremely happy – this is unbelievable,” said the former student at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida.
“The play-off and the way I played the final holes is something I will remember for the rest of my life. The putt I made to win was a crazy one, downhill breaking left to right.”