Northern Irishman Michael Hoey claimed his maiden European Tour victory on the third play-off hole at the Estoril Portuguese Open. Algarve pro Ricardo Santos tied for 54th following a promising opening round of 68.

Closer to home Bent Svendsen saw off Allen French and Paddy Hine by one and two shots respectively to claim the latest Golf for Greys Alamos tournament. Bela Von Werthern enjoyed further success in the ladies section while Moira Barnett received the ‘best guest’ distinction. In other golf news, the Pestana Algarve Golf Resorts have agreed a new three-year-deal with the European Senior Tour which sees both Qualifying School stages held on its courses.