Estanislao Goya of Argentina held on by the skin of his teeth to win the Madeira Islands Open BPI – Portugal by a single shot from Scotland’s Calum Macaulay at Porto Santo Golfe.
The 20-year-old from Cordoba looked comfortable at the top of the leaderboard, but a double bogey at the 16th combined with an incredible late surge from Macaulay meant the Argentine had to par the last two holes to secure his first European Tour win.
He managed it and claimed victory in just his sixth European Tour start. It earned him a cheque for €116,660 and a two-year exemption on the European Tour.
“It’s great for me – I am so happy to have made one of my dreams come true.” He said. “It’s amazing that I have my Tour card for the next two years and a win here in Madeira. It was just over a year ago that I was thinking how much I would love to play in Europe and here I am now having won – it has happened so quickly.”
Macaulay, who’d only just scraped through the cut at six over after two rounds and had been 11 strokes behind with just nine holes to play, came home in a scintillating 28. It was a fabulous effort but, in the end, not quite enough and the 25-year-old had to settle for second place.
“To come back in 28 is unbelievable really. I don’t think I have ever done that at my home course, never mind here on The European Tour.” He said. “It’s a great result for me, and it will certainly help the confidence. I always felt that I could compete out here if I played my best and I suppose this just confirms that. It’s brilliant to have finished second and I can go to the next two tournaments with a lot of belief in myself.”
Ireland’s Damien McGrane had a disappointing final round of one over par 72 to end the week in a tie for third with Wil Besseling of Holland.
Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland was the halfway leader but he faded with rounds of 75 and 72 over the weekend to finish alone in sixth, one shot behind Anthony Wall of England.
Madeira Islands Open BPI – Portugal
Porto Santo Golfe, Portugal
Mar 19-22, purse €700,000, par 71
1 Estanislao Goya (Arg) 68 68 69 73 278 €116,660
2 Callum Macaulay (Sco) 74 74 67 64 279 €77,770
T3 Wil Besseling (Ned) 69 72 70 69 280 €39,410
T3 Damien McGrane (Ire) 66 72 70 72 280 €39,410
5 Anthony Wall (Eng) 72 69 73 67 281 €29,680
6 Michael Hoey (NIR) 69 66 75 72 282 €24,500
T7 Thomas Aiken (RSA) 72 69 71 71 283 €19,250
T7 Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 66 70 75 72 283 €19,250
T9 David Drysdale (Sco) 72 72 71 69 284 €14,840
T9 Jan-Are Larsen (Nor) 71 71 76 66 284 €14,840
Note: Players in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only