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Portugal Golf News September 2008

Mon, 1st Sep 2008
Portugal's Pedro Figueiredo won the 'The Boy Amateur Champion' for 2008, in Birmingham in England. This promising 17 year old shows promise in making a note for himself in the world of golf.

Golf Course News September 2008

Gramacho
Mon, 1st Sep 2008
The RE/MAX Long Drive Championship of Portugal was held at the Gramacho course in early August. Mariana Martins hit the longest ladies' shot, while the 6 foot 7 inch Finn - quite a tall player! Antti Saleva won the main event and Brian McCarroll won the Seniors and they now go forward to the next stage which will be held in the UK.
Quinta do Vale
Mon, 1st Sep 2008
The new Seve-designed Quinta do Vale course held a series of summer competitions and was also the venue of a Portuguese PGA tournament sponsored by the Halcon Travel Agency. Antonio Sobrinho was well ahead and even with a poor 4th round of 77 won with a 2-under-par score of 286, four clear of Hugo Santos who has occasionally played on the PGA European EuroPro and Challenge Tours with his brother Ricardo and fellow golfer Tiago Cruz.Antonio Sobrinho established a course record of 67 strokes in his second round.
Faldo
Mon, 1st Sep 2008
Both Nick Faldo and Christy O'Connor were here at the end of the month to test the two exciting Amendoeira Resort courses they designed individually, and which are now open on an exclusive basis until the official openings take place in October. Faldo's' layout has many holes on the arid slopes of an extensive fertile valley and has a Mediterranean semi-desert feel to it, with some expanses of un-irrigated, wasteland areas mixed in with the regular fescue grass rough. The adjacent O'Connor one is flatter, stretching through the valley, with palms trees added to the local almond, olive and orange trees, including also several water hazards, not unlike some Florida courses. The resort also boasts a floodlight 9-hole pitch-and-putt course with separate lengths to comply with UK, Irish and international regulations, as well as well-equipped academy and practice facilities, and two bowling greens alongside the magnificent Moorish style clubhouse.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Mon, 1st Sep 2008
An amateur 'Nations Cup' (Taca das Nacoes) is being staged at Vale do Lobo from the 17th to 21st. Organised by the Portuguese Golf Federation, this follows on from last year's inaugural event and is part of the government tourist sponsorship programme called 'Allgarve'. It will involve 14 national teams of three players and each with a captain. It is intended as a European warm-up event for World Amateur Team Championships being held in Adelaide, Australia, in October.

International Golf News September 2008

Mon, 1st Sep 2008
Vijay Singh overcame Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland in a play-off to win The Barclays, the first FedEx Cup tournament of the year at Ridgewood Country Club. Both Singh and Garcia birdied the 71st hole to force the three-way play-off with Sutherland as all three finished on eight-under-par 276. Sergio Garcia and Vijay Singh both spectacularly birdied the first extra hole eliminating Sutherland then Singh won with a birdie at the second extra hole. Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia remained World Numbers 5 and 4 respectively while Sutherland jumped 43 places to Nº 57. Four years on from winning the same tournament to become World Number One for the first time, Fiji's Vijay Singh won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts with an amazing final round of 63 for a five stroke win over Canadian Mike Weir. By winning his second straight FedEx Cup tournament Vijay Singh holds a big lead in the chase for the $10,000,000 prize as well as moving up to World Number 3, an improvement of 2 places.

Golfers in the News September 2008

Mon, 1st Sep 2008
Padraig Harrington - (Ireland) US PGA Championship Oakland Hills - Bloomfield Township - Michigan - USA - 7th to 10th August, 2008 World Nº 3, Padraig Harrington, played the closing 9 holes in 32 and with third and fourth rounds of 66, 66 and won the 90th PGA Championship by two strokes from Sergio Garcia and Ben Curtis. Padraig Harrington became the first European since Scotland's Tommy Armour in 1930 to win the year's final Major Championship and the first man since Tiger Woods in 2006 to record consecutive Major wins. Ben Curtis returns to the World Top 50 with a 40 position jump to Nº 37 and earned a place on the USA Ryder Cup Team.
Mon, 1st Sep 2008
Peter Hanson - (Denmark) SAS Masters Arlandastad - Stockholm - Sweden - 14th to 17th August, 2008 The win in Stockholm by Peter Hanson from Sweden brought his European Tour total up to 6. He finished one less stroke than Nick Dougherty from England and Pelle Edberg a fellow player from Sweden.
Mon, 1st Sep 2008
Darren Clarke - (Northern Ireland) The KLM Open Kennemer - Zandvoort - Netherlands - 21st to 24th August, 2008 Darren Clarke shot a second 66 on the weekend to secure a four stroke victory over Paul McGinley at The KLM Open, with Henrik Stenson taking third place at Kennemer Golf and Country Club. This was Darren Clarke's second win of the 2008 European Tour season after the Ulsterman won the BMW Asian Open in April and he moved to Nº 56, with an improvement of 34 places.
Mon, 1st Sep 2008
Gregory Havret - (France) Johnnie Walker Championship Gleneagles - Perthshire - Scotland - 28th to 31st August, 2008 Gregory Havret got up and down from the bunker at 18 to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles by a stroke from Graeme Storm after a round of 70 gave him a 14 under par total. It was Gregory Havret's' second victory on Scottish soil, after he won the 2007 Scottish Open. The win took the Frenchman to Nº 85, a jump of 59 places.

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