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Emotional Alejandro Tosti Monday qualifies for Sanderson Farms

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Almost immediately after Alejandro Tosti did a bird kick to go 5-of-4 in the playoffs this week on Monday for the Sanderson Farms Championship, Alejandro Tosti burst into tears.

He already qualified for the PGA Tour earlier this year in Puerto Rico, but a lot has changed for the 26-year-old Argentine since then.

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After years of working in Latin America and mini-tours, Tosti is finally starting to see that his dedication is paying off.

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Tosti played for the Florida Gators before turning pro in 2018. After graduation, although many of his peers received numerous endorsements and sponsorship invitations, Tosti signed one contract (Cleveland/Shrixon, who is still with him), but was only able to find one sponsor. an exception for the Korn Ferry Tour Utah Championship where he cut the number before tying at 44th. From there he traveled to the PGA Tour Latinoamerica where he has spent most of the last four years playing all over the world. To show how much he traveled: Last year, Tosti earned a lifetime platinum status with American Airlines.

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However, expenses quickly increased for Tosti, who tried to save money wherever he could. When his lease expired last summer, he spent the rest of the year staying with friends and family, or hosting accommodations and sometimes Airbnb.

“My parents couldn’t support me, so it was really hard for me to play golf under a lot of pressure at first,” Tosti said last year in a lengthy account of the realities of turning pro. “It was something I wasn’t ready for. … You quickly begin to understand how much each frame costs. Those missed shots can add up at the end of the year.”

Luckily for Tosti, despite his share of struggles, he played well enough to continue his career. He won the PGA Tour Latinoamerica in 2019, but it wasn’t until this year that he finally managed to get into the top five in points on that tour. Last season, he won once and finished in the top 10 four times, finishing in 5th place and earning his Korn Ferry Tour card for the first time.

Although the new KFT season won’t start until next year, Tosti is already enjoying his new status. In the past, he has rarely attempted to qualify for PGA Tour events on Monday due to costs and the requirement to pre-qualify.

He is now exempt from pre-qualification and has competed in each of the first two PGA tours on Mondays this fall.

“My interest rate is high,” Tosti joked in a text message Tuesday.

“I have been playing well for a long time,” he added. “It was a matter of time before the good breaks came.”

Tosty will be joined on Monday by Canadian journeyman Ben Silverman, Oklahoma player Quaid Cummins and Texas’ Cole Hammer, the former top amateur who helped the Longhorns to an NCAA title last spring. Rain Gibson was an odd man busted out on the fourth playoff hole.




Source: www.golfchannel.com

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