Golf in focus

The prestigious Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa is to launch a series of ‘Classic’ competitions open exclusively to its guests.

Winner of the 2010 World Travel Awards ‘Best Golf Resort in Portugal’ award, the Hilton will hold the first of these tournaments between January 13 and 16 on the Oceânico Pinhal and Old Courses.

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Meanwhile, the older of the two Algarvean Santos brothers, Hugo, remains on target to regain his place on next season’s Challenger Tour.

The 31-year-old Vale do Lobo pro carded rounds of 66, 69 and 73 at the PGA Qualifying School at the Par do El Valle Golf Resort in Spain’s Murcia  for a top 10 finish.

Further afield Tiger Woods managed his first title in 26 attempts when taking the PGA Cheron World Challenge event in the US, while England’s Lee Westwood rediscovered the winning touch at the Sun City Invitational in South Africa.