Friday, 19 March 2010
Madeira Islands Open BPI - Round Four  (Getty Images)
Madeira Islands Open BPI - Round Four (Getty Images)

Argentina's Estanislao Goya survived a late scare and an amazing birdie burst by Scot Callum Macaulay to win a European Tour title at just the sixth attempt.

The 20 year old from Cordoba, a graduate from last season's European Challenge Tour, won the Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal at Porto Santo Golfe by one with a closing 73 and six under par total of 278.

“It’s great for me – I am so happy to have made one of my dreams come true,” said Goya - the Tour de las Americas 2008 Order of Merit winner.

“I want to be one of the best players in the world and this is one of the steps that I have to take to do that. It’s amazing that I have my Tour card for the next two years and a win here in Madeira. It was just over a year ago that I was thinking how much I would love to play in Europe and here I am now having won – it has happened so quickly.”

Goya’s win launches him from 150th to 50th in The Race to Dubai, and after his victory he admitted the opportunity to compete in the inaugural Dubai World Championships come November would now be at the forefront of his mind.

He added: “I am going to change my schedule now because there are a lot of big events that I am going to play for sure now. The Race to Dubai is going to be great and hopefully I can get into the top 60 and be there when the final happens.

“Every tournament that I have won has been on the last hole. In Cordoba in my first win I made a 30 foot putt in the play-off and then in the Grand Final last year I won by one on the last. And you saw today, I had to make that putt on the last which was not an easy downhill putt to make.”

Click here to listen to Nick Dye's interview with winner Estanislao Goya

Macaulay, himself playing only his fifth event after coming through 252 holes at Qualifying School on the circuit and ranked 1,009th in the world, incredibly birdied the last six holes and eight of the last nine for an inward 28 that was just one outside the Tour record.

“I’m over the moon with that – I certainly couldn’t do any more than I did over the back because it’s not an easy golf course,” said Macauley.

“To come back in 28 is unbelievable really. I don’t think I have ever done that at my home course, never mind here on The European Tour.

“It’s a great result for me, and it will certainly help the confidence. I always felt that I could compete out here if I played my best and I suppose this just confirms that. It’s brilliant to have finished second and I can go to the next two tournaments with a lot of belief in myself.”

While equalling the course record with a 64 the 25 year old, last year's Scottish champion and part of the three man side which won the world amateur team title in Australia in October, thought he had left his blistering run too late to seriously trouble Goya. He had only just scraped through the cut at six over par on Friday before a third round 67 propelled him into a tie for tenth.

However, the South American then double bogeyed the 492 yard par four 16th and suddenly found himself needing to par the final two holes to grab the first prize of just under €116,660 plus the two year Tour exemption which comes with it.

Goya held his nerve and managed it, leaving Macaulay - incredibly 11 strokes back with nine to play - to take the €77,770 runners-up cheque.

Irishman Damien McGrane and Dutchman Wil Besseling shared third place on four under, McGrane leaving himself with too much to do after double bogeying the short 13th.

Click here to listen to Nick Dye's interview with winner Estanislao Goya

Click here to listen to interviews from the Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1GOYA, EstanislaoARG18-6
2MACAULAY, CallumSCO18-5
T3MCGRANE, DamienIRL18-4
5WALL, AnthonyENG18-3
6HOEY, MichaelNIR18-2
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