Mississauga’s Matthew Anderson captures Brazil Open for first professional victory

RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL: Matthew Anderson of Mississauga carded his third consecutive sub-70 round on Sunday to win the 69th ECP Brazil Open at the Rio Olympic Golf Course. Anderson was one shot off the lead after 16 holes but rallied to make back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to secure his first victory as a professional.

Anderson’s breakthrough win comes after T21 and T3 finishes at the season-opening Bupa Championship at Tulum and the Totalplay Championship at Atlas Country Club. Anderson’s maiden victory vaults him into the No. 1 spot in the Fortinet Cup season-long ranking through three tournaments.

FINAL LEADERBOARD

The Mississauga, Ontario-native is the first Canadian to win on PGA TOUR Americas and has registered six top-25’s since he turned pro last summer. Anderson found success early in his career by winning the 2019 Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship. He was selected for the Golf Canada team in 2021-22 and has been part of the team since.

Prior to turning pro, Anderson came off an impressive finish in his graduate season at the University of San Francisco, earning All-American honors after notching a top-15 finish at the 2023 NCAA Championships. From there, Anderson gained status on PGA TOUR Canada via a fourth-place finish at the PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament. He finished 50th in the 2023 Fortinet Cup standings to gain membership into the inaugural PGA TOUR Americas season.

Anderson is expected to be in the field at the Diners Club Peru Open, the fourth event of the Latin America Swing, which will be hosted at Los Inkas Golf Club from April 25-28 in Lima, Peru.

 

About Matthew Anderson (1st/-16)

Age: 23

Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario

Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

College: University of San Francisco 

Fortinet Cup: 1st

  •  Credits his dad for introducing him to golf at a young age, saying that he picked up the game when he was two and started hitting balls in his grandmother’s living room
  • Played his first round on an official golf course at the age of four and played in his first tournament at eight
  • Finished 11th and earned All-American honors at 2023 NCAA Championships
  • Travels with friend and fellow PGA TOUR Americas member Johnny Travale during tournament weeks
  • Played hockey for 12 years, shoots the puck left-handed but plays golf right-handed.
  • Always carries four tees and his lucky Tito’s ball marker in his pocket when he’s playing
  • Favorite sports team is the Toronto Maple Leafs, favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant
  • Favorite musical artist is Drake, favorite song is “Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott
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