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The young Argentinian preserved the coldness and won first title in the European Tour

With only two years as a golf pro, Estanislao Goya is already on his way to glory. The young Argentine, just 20 years old, got his first European title at Porto Santo yesterday at Madeira Islands Open BPI-Portugal, taking home a cash prize of 116 thousand 660 euros, as well as the possibility of playing at least until 2010.

In his first year on the European Tour (ET), the player, led the competition over the past few days. However, a double-bogey (+2) in the antepenultimate hole (hole 16) made the nervousness appear, since Scottish Callum MacAulay, the sensation of the day, had closed the race with only one blow of disadvantage over the Argentine. With the pressure being stronger, Goya knew how to manage the 17th and 18th hole, and in his last stroke the festivities were immediate and supported by the public that surrounded the hole. Estanislao gets his first ET title with a total of 278 strokes (-6), becoming the second player of the 'Pampas', after Daniel Vancsik in 2007, to achieve the feat at the Madeira Open.

Despite Goya's tidy title, the figure of the day turned out to be Scottish Callum MacAulay who managed to rise from 10th place to second place thanks to a lap of 64 strokes, the number that equals the record of the field and which had already been Obtained by the Englishman Richard Bland on the second day. In fact, the 25-year-old Scotsman returning to the circuit, after being at the ET Qualification School, 'razed' the 18 holes designed by Ballesteros with a total of nine birdies, six of them reached in the Last six holes. In total, Callum hit 279 strokes (-5).

Finally, in the last place of the podium were the Irishman Damien McGrane and the Dutchman Wil Besseling with 280 strokes (-4), who left behind two other players who were in the race for the final lap, namely the Spaniard Carlos Rodiles and Michael Hoey, Northern Ireland.

Lima makes history

As for the Portuguese players, Jose Filipe Lima made history again, just as he had done the day before with the achievement of a hole-in-one, the only one made up to now by a Portuguese professional at the Madeira Open. Yesterday, Portuguese-French reached the best ever result of a national player in the 17 editions of the event. After António Sobrinho in 2007, who won a brilliant 15th place yesterday, it would be Lima's turn to reach 12th place with a total of 286 strokes (+2). The young Luso came in the top 6 after completing the first seven holes, but a double-bogey in the eighth hole and a bogey in the 18th relegated him to the 12th place finish.

As for António Sobrinho and Ricardo Santos, they maintained their performances the previous day, and with 73 and 74 strokes on the fourth lap, they reached the 49th place with 2295 (+11). Nuno Campino made a return to 73 strokes, which allowed him to close the final classification in the 58th place with 298 strokes (+14).

 

“The Santo da Serra Golf Club is quite simply one of the prettiest golf courses in the world. I have played in every corner of the world, from the Americas to the Far East, but I have never enjoyed my rounds as much as I did on this 27-hole golf course, which is home to the Madeira Open."

Azzy Asghar, 2011. www.epicureanlife.co.uk

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