SAO PAOLO, Brazil (AP) - Chile's Benjamin Alvarado shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday to win the Web.com Tour's Brasil Classic by one stroke at the Sao Paulo Golf Club.
Alvarado, the third-round leader, finished at 19-under 265 and edged South Africa's Dawie van der Walt (66) and by two over American Kevin Kim (68). It was the Web.com Tour's first event in Brazil.
``I'm just speechless,'' he said. ``I don't have the words to explain how I feel.''
Alvarado, the first player from Chile to win in the Tour's history, found out just last week that he got received a sponsor exemption into the tournament. Now the former Arizona State standout not only has Tour status through 2014, he also took a big step toward the PGA Tour next year.
``I was just hoping to get into the top-25 this week so I could go to the next tournament,'' Alvarado said. ``In the game of golf, you never what's going to happen.''
His first-place check for $121,500 moved him to No. 2 on the money list through the first five events.
Alvarado began the day up by three and without a bogey for his last 45 holes.
``I was a little bit conservative, yes,'' he said. ``I had so much on my plate. It's different when you're trying to catch a player than when you have the lead. I started feeling nervous on the last four holes. Dawie was playing very good.
``He didn't miss any shots all day and that was tough for me.''
It set the stage for a dramatic finish at the downhill 398-yard, 18th hole. All three players attacked the pin with short irons and though Alvarado was only 12 feet away, he was still the first to putt. A birdie would end things.
``I was shaking so bad over that putt,'' he said.
Alvarado missed, which opened the door for the 30-year old van der Walt, who faced an 8-footer to tie, but fell just short.
``I was expecting him to make that,'' Alvarado said.