12 Things You Didn't Know About Mito Pereira

Here are 12 things you didn't know about Chilean golfer, Mito Pereira

12 Things You Didn't Know About Mito Pereira
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12 Things You Didn't Know About Mito Pereira

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Full nameGuillermo Pereira Hinke
Date of birthMarch 31 1995
BornSantiago, Chile
ResidesJupiter, Florida
SpouseAntonia Prida
Turned pro2015
Korn Ferry Tour wins3
Major wins0
Career high world ranking41st
CaddieScott McGuinness
SponsorsPing, Under Armour, Generational Group

1. Mito is actually Pereira's nickname - his full name is Guillermo Pereira Hinke.

2. He was born 31st March 1995, in Santiago, Chile, where he still lives now.

3. Pereira started playing golf at an early age, with his earliest memory hitting balls with a plastic golf club.

4. Mito had a promising junior career, where he finished second at the 2006 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship (boys 10-11 division), before winning the same competition in the boys 12-13 division.

5. Pereira's first win on a professional circuit, though he was still only an amateur, came on the Chilean Professional Tour's Abierto Internacional de Las Brisas de Chicureo in 2013, when he was just 17-years-old. He also has three other professional wins in Chile, with two coming in 2015 and one in 2016.

6. Pereira attended Texas Tech University for one year in 2014-15, playing college golf before deciding to turn professional in late 2015. Prior to turning pro, he reached fifth in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

7. He is a keen fisher and motocross enthusiast, with Bubba Stewart, a professional motocross racer, his favorite athlete outside of golf.

8. Mito joined the 2016 PGA Tour Latinoamerica, where he won the Roberto De Vicenzo Punta del Este Open Copa NEC. As well as the victory, he secured two runner-up finishes and four further top-ten finishes, this meant he secured third in the Order of Merit.

9. Pereira's first win on the Korn Ferry Tour came in February 2020 at the Country Club de Bogota Championship. He then managed back-to-back victories in June 2021 at the Rex Hospital Open and BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Mito Pereira hits a shot at the Olympics

Pereira hits a shot at the Tokyo Olympics 

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10. The Chilean's three wins on the Korn Ferry Tour meant he earned an instant promotion to the PGA Tour, becoming just the 12th player in 32 years to earn the automatic three-win promotion, and the first since 2016.

11. Mito Pereira's first Major appearance came at the US Open in 2019, where he missed the cut.

12. At the Tokyo Olympics, Pereira finished in a tie for 3rd place. However, he would miss out on a bronze medal as he lost in a huge seven-man playoff.

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

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