The IMG Academy Golf program's Pedro Junqueira added another title to his resume by winning the 36th annual Itanhangá Open Championship, held in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which concluded on Oct. 13. Junqueira led from wire-to-wire, but a slow start on the second day left the door open for André Tourinho, the top-ranked amateur in Brazil, who came back to tie things up on the 18th hole. With each player tied at 222 apiece on the third day, the playoff took place on the 18th hole. Eighteen at Itanhangá is regarded as the single toughest hole in all of Brazil with a narrow fairway and water on each side, but Junqueira settled it, coming out on top to defeat the reining Brazilian amatuer champion.
Junqueira, who is the reining Brazilian junior champion after winning the Brazilian Junior Championship in August, recently made his verbal commitment to Old Dominion University to play for legendary golf coach Murray Rudasil.