Two Por­tuguese in the Game

Euro­pean Tour

GOLFE - - TEE ONE -

The Por­tuguese Ri­cardo San­tos se­cured in Novem­ber, in Spain, the pro­mo­tion to play next year on the Euro­pean Tour.

The con­fir­ma­tion came at the Chal­lenge Tour Grand Fi­nal (2nd Euro­pean Di­vi­sion), in Maiorca , in which San­tos fin­ished 21st. The tour­na­ment, which fea­tured only the top 45 in the Chal­lenge Tour rank­ing, was won by Ital­ian Fran­scesco La­porta, who fin­ished the year as # 1 on the Chal­lenge Tour. La­porta, who had al­ready won twice this year, de­liv­ered a to­tal of 278 strokes (68 + 69 + 70 + 71), -6, pock­et­ing 72,000 eu­ros. Ri­cardo San­tos, who won the Swiss Chal­lenge this sea­son and had three top-3s, closed with 288 strokes (75, 73, 65 and 75), tak­ing home a check for 4,475 eu­ros, end­ing the year in 10th place on the Chal­lenge Tour.

“It was not my best week and yet I ended up in the mid­dle of the ta­ble with the best play­ers here. It’s al­ways pos­i­tive. Four years ago I had been fight­ing on the Chal­lenge Tour and ob­vi­ously over the years things are get­ting harder and harder. Achiev­ing it again is a source of great pride,” said San­tos at the end.

This is the sec­ond time he reached the first di­vi­sion of Euro­pean pro­fes­sional golf from the sec­ond di­vi­sion, hav­ing done so in 2011. That year he was #4 on the Chal­lenge Tour rank­ing. The other Por­tuguese who was in the race, Filipe Lima, ended up out­side of the top-15 of the fi­nal rank­ing that guar­an­teed pro­mo­tion to the top Tour.

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