Welsh player scoops trophy

Welsh veteran golf professional Mark Mouland picked up prize money of more than €40,000 and the trophy at the 9th Portugal Senior Open tournament on Saturday.

Held at the stunning location of the Belas Clube de Campo country club near Lisbon, Elídio Costa came in as the best Portuguese player out of a group of 57 competitors.

In what was generally seen to be a thrilling and intensely disputed game, the tournament featured some of the most famous golfing legends, now considered to be the finest seniors in the world.

Topping the bill in the golf star line-up was Ian Woosnam, the former world number one who this year claimed his fourth Senior Tour title at the Berenberg Bank Masters in Germany in June this year.

Ian Woosnam reached the number one spot in the Official Golf World Ranking in 1991 and stayed there for 50 weeks.

Also playing was Sandy Lyle, who won the British Open in 1985 and went on to bag the Augusta Masters in 1988.

Scotland’s Sam Torrance, who has clocked up a total of 21 triumphs in the European Tour, also took part and previously had won the Portuguese Open in both 1982 and 1983.

He is attempting to regain the John Jacobs Trophy this year after finishing 10th in the 2010 Order of Merit, recording four Top Five finishes – including a share of second in the Berenberg Bank Masters – but failing to win for the first time since 2003.

Other golf legends included Tony Johnstone (Zimbabwe) who won the European Tour for the first time in 1984 at the Portuguese Open at Quinta do Lago; Costantino Rocca (Italy) who in 1995 holed a 60 feet putt at the 18th hole in St. Andrews to get into a play-off, but would lose the tie break to John Daly.

Also present was Carl Mason who notched up 23 wins on the Senior Tour, including the Portugal Senior Open in 2006.

Winner Mark Mouland began the third and last round in eighth position, finishing with a final round four under par 68, ending the competition on 207, nine under par.

Also taking his place on the Portuguese podium was United States veteran Mike Cunning (208) and Englishman Gary Wolstenholme (209).

Among the Portuguese who excelled at the Open were Elídio Costa, who was the best in the group with 225, amateur Leonel Neto who recorded 235 and José Dias, in 74th place, with 245.