Sunshine Tour veteran Adilson Da Silva will lead BrazilÂs challenge in the 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup after he spearheaded his home nation to victory in the South American Qualifier-Copa Renaissance Caracas.
The national teams from Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala joined the field of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup on the weekend at the Caracas Country Club.
BrazilÂs Da Silva and Lucas Lee, who took control of the event in the second round, and MexicoÂs Óscar Serna and José de Jesús Rodríguez, in second place at the start of the day, earned their spots comfortably.
GuatemalaÂs Pablo Acuña and José Toledo claimed the last spot available by outdueling ArgentinaÂs Rafael Gómez and Julián Etulain.
The Brazilians were especially solid when playing the format of alternate-shot foursomes, which decided the qualifier. Following an early double-bogey at the par-three second, Da Silva and Lee pulled away by carding eight birdies for a best of the day 65 and an aggregate score of 31-under par 253. They ended up winning by six over Mexico and by seven over Guatemala.
ÂWe combined very well and we hit many good shots this week. Today, after that start that shook us up a little bit in the second hole, we managed to keep our head up. We kept hitting shot by shot after that and it all came together,Â commented Da Silva, an experienced 39-year old who lives in South Africa, where he has won nine times on the Sunshine Tour.
Also a competitor on the Asian Tour, Da Silva made last SundayÂs 25-hour trip from Macau to Caracas worth it.
ÂAbsolutely,Â he said. ÂIÂm thrilled! IÂm over the moon! To have the opportunity to come here and represent Brazil, and then end up winning the qualifier is like a dream come true.Â
For both Brazilians this will be their first time playing the World Cup. ÂI never wanted to make something as bad as this week. It is just an absolutely amazing feeling,Â added Lee, a 24-year old who claimed first medallist honours last January on the Asian Tour’s Q-School.