Bogies and birdies

The mixed fortunes of Ricardo Santos on the PGA European Tour continued during the last fortnight.

After the Portuguese No1 from Faro failed to qualify for the British Open at Sunningdale the 29-year-old hit a purple patch at the €2 million Irish Open. A three-under-par first round of 69 significantly contributed to making the cut. There then followed a double-bogey and three birdies on day three while his closing effort of 70 was good enough for 39th place and a €12,600 share of the prize money.

Meanwhile Antonio Rosado was the big winner of the latest round of the Portuguese PGA Pro-Am Series event at the Boavista Golf & Spa Resort near Lagos last weekend. The former national champion partnered amateurs Serafim Carvalho, Nuno Rodrigues and Ricardo Bruno to an 89-point success over a field which also included ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge.