After making its first appearance at Porto Santo Golfe in 2009, the Madeira Islands Open BPI – Portugal returns to the picturesque venue once again in 2010. Last year Argentine Tano Goya survived a late scare and an amazing birdie burst by Scotland’s Callum Macaulay to win a European Tour title in just his sixth attempt.
The young man from Cordoba – a graduate from the 2008 European Challenge Tour where he won twice to finish fifth on the end of season Rankings – triumphed by a solitary shot with a closing 73 for a six under par total of 278.
Northern Irishman Michael Hoey held the lead at the halfway stage but when he fell back with a third round 75, Goya’s 69 saw him move into pole position. Ten shots behind going into Sunday, Macaulay barely merited a glance from Goya but his stunning final round 64 – which featured a back nine of 28 – changed all that, the Scot setting the clubhouse target of five under par 279. Goya was on course to beat that before a double bogey six at the 16th gave Macaulay a glimmer of hope. But two closing pars from the Argentine ended all doubt as to the destination of the trophy.