Masters of  the fairways

A further three golfing teams, ‘Médicos’, ‘Beirões’ and ‘Par 3’, qualified for the Allgarve Masters Series final at the weekend.

Representing the climax to a three-month long nationwide amateur competition, the winners of the October 1 decider at the Pestana Vila Sol course in Vilamoura will go on to take part in the Pro-Am preceding the Victoria Club Portugal Masters two weeks later.

Meanwhile the 3rd Fedex Golf Challenge held on Vilamoura’s Oceânico Old Course was won by Miguel Bianchi, who has qualified to compete at that competitions’ world finals in Pebble Beach, California from November 4 to 7.

On the biggest stage of all, Darren Clarke coped best with adverse weather conditions to win the British Open.

The 42-year-old’s five-under-par total of 275 was good enough to take the first Major of his long career and eclipse fellow Northern Irishman and rising star Rory McIlroy.

American duo Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson finished second and third respectively.