New champion

Recently turned professional Pedro Figueiredo (pictured) left a strong field in his wake as he led the PGA Portuguese national championship at the Vila Sol course in the Algarve from start to finish.

The 22-year-old, who had been playing on the American university circuit prior to joining the paid ranks last month, carded rounds of 69, 70 and 70 again to leave the likes of European Tour player Ricardo Santos, local pro Hugo Santos, former champion António Rosado and eventual second Tiago Cruz trailing home nine shots and upwards.

Reflecting on the 13 birdies and six bogies which marked his impressive victory in the Algarve, “Figgy” said afterwards: “Without doubt, together with my coach David Llewellyn, I managed to rectify a few things and my game is coming back to the level I would like to be at.”

Back on the international stage, still Portuguese No1 Ricardo Santos produced a solid performance to finish in 35th place at the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland.

The 30-year-old from Faro will now compete in the Celtic Manor Welsh Open this weekend followed by the European Masters in Switzerland in an effort to improve on his current 48th place in the European Race to Dubai standings.