Algarve golfer makes history

Algarve-born golfer Ricardo Santos has written his way into the history of the sport in Portugal by becoming the first ever Portuguese professional player to reach the top ten ranking on the PGA European Tour circuit.

At world level he was this month in 139th position which beats the record set by Daniel Silva who reached 189th spot in 1992.

Ricardo, aged 30, made his claim to fame when he won the Madeira Islands Open in 2012 and went into the history books as the first Portuguese to win a major tournament on the European circuit.

Born in Faro, he turned pro in 2006 at the age of 23 and so far has earned €264,000 prize money from 28 tournaments.

Last year, he also won the Sir Henry Cotton Prize awarded to the best player on the Portuguese circuit.

This year his ambition is to finish in the top 60 players in the world tournament series Race to Dubai (Torneio Mundial do Dubai) which carries a six million purse for the final.