With the victory a few minutes ago by Ricardo Esquivel Sánchez over Luis Artacho (3 & 2), the crosses of the round of 16 matches have been completed in both 1st and 2nd category. Today the first clash of this second round has already been played in the highest category, with the victory of Rafael Díez-Folgueras over Alejandro Reyes de Paz (also winning the 16th hole), so we already have the first quarter-finalist of this seventeenth edition .
Tomorrow, Thursday 10th, we will have 2 more, after the matchplay played in both categories. At 10 am in the morning, Milan Majer (hcp 13.3), semifinalist last season, will have a tough test against Fernando Cáceres, a 5.4 handicap player, who arrives with high spirits after getting rid of the eternal favorite Damian Spencer in the Round of 16. We will know the first player to reach the top 8 in the 2nd category this afternoon. Starting at 3pm, seed number 2 Marcos Méndez Bencomo will face the transalpine resident Filippo Colaianni in a duel that is presumed to be very even, with only 2 handicap points between the two.
We reach at the halfway point of our Match Play Las Américas with an interesting novelty for these round of 16, which has been launched today for the first crossing. Players and fans will be able to follow the match play scorecards live, and thus know in real time the players who are passing round in one of the most even editions in the history of this competition.