Madeira Islands Open. Roope Kakko Wins.

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Roope Kakko, from Finland wins the 2015 Madeira Islands Open, on the European PGA Tour.

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Roope is only the second Finnish player to win a European PGA Tour title, carding a bogey free -9 under par 63 to seal victory in the Madeira Islands Open, with a -24 under par total.

This victory meant a lot to him, and the people of Finland;

“I was really nervous coming down the stretch on the last five holes.”

“I almost started crying with three holes to go, I was really getting emotional. But my caddie was very helpful, he gave me a couple of songs to sing and cracked a few jokes and that really helped me get into the moment.

“I’m speechless, I came here to try and win this event and change my career so I’m over the moon to have done it.”

“There was a lot of pressure but I had some pretty good thoughts in me, so I was able to handle it today.”

“Sometimes it doesn’t go the way you plan it but it all went my way today.”

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“I told myself to just stick to my game plan and eventually I’m going to make a few. I actually targeted a 67 today and I went a bit lower than that, so that was great.”

“On Saturday I had a plan to just get into contention on Sunday and it worked. Scott and I played incredible golf today.”

 “This is definitely the best moment of my career but I have to say that it really helped me to have won two years ago on the Challenge Tour in Oman.”

“I was at a stage where I really needed to win and I did it, and that really helped me today, calmed me down when the pressure was on.”

Two Scotsmen filled second and third places, Scott Henry claiming second, on -21 under par, with Andrew McArthur third at -18 under. Andrew also carded a final round -9 under par 63.

But the day belonged to Roope Kakko and Finland.


Madeira Islands Open Cancelled.

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The Madeira Islands Open tournament has been cancelled due to the persistent inclement weather, which has plagued the area all week.

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Four days of strong winds, heavy rain and thick fog at the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra course meant the requisite 36 holes could not be completed and a result could not be declared.

A weather warning was issued for Monday warning of strong winds, and it was decided that the tournament be cancelled and all scores null and void.

This event is only the third event in European Tour history to be subject to a cancellation, the Compaq European Grand Prix in 1998, also due to adverse weather, and then the WGC American Express Championship, which was cancelled in the wake of the Islamic terrorist attacks in the USA on September 11 2001, which killed 2,996 people.

The Chief Operating Officer of the European TourKeith Waters, said;

“The Madeira Islands Open, Portugal BPI is a hugely important event for The European Tour so it is disappointing for everyone concerned that we have been forced to cancel this week.”

“This tournament has produced some memorable moments down the years and we share a very strong relationship with the hosts and sponsors, so we are already in discussions with the club and the sponsors to reschedule the event for another week in this year’s Race to Dubai schedule.”

“We really appreciate the efforts of those who worked tirelessly this week to make the tournament happen, so we feel we must now make every effort to make sure that the Madeira Islands Open, Portugal BPI takes place this year and that together we can show the world the true potential of this great event and this beautiful island.”

Joachim B Hansen, chasing his first European Tour victory, and has been at the top of the leaderboard all week said it was disappointing, but is looking forward to the Barclays Open in Kenya ;

“It’s definitely disappointing because it would have been nice to put two or three good rounds together, but the weather wouldn’t let us do that.”

“I’ve been playing well for a few weeks now so I’m going home to have some time with my coach and I’m looking forward to Kenya, now.”

“They tried everything they could here. I know José Maria Zamora and everyone here did everything they could to finish this tournament.’

“The greenkeepers worked very hard too, you could see that from the clubhouse, trying to remove the bunkers so it’s a shame we couldn’t finish.”


Madeira Islands Open. Down to 36 Holes.

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The Madeira Islands Open has been reduced to 36 holes, as play is constantly interrupted by the poor weather conditions. As it stands Joachim B Hansen will take a one shot lead into the final round as a sprint finish beckons at the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra course.

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Joachim carded a first round -4 under par 68, and will take a one shot lead into the final round at the Madeira Islands Open, in a mad dash for the line. Assuming of course that it actually does stop raining, almost five hours of play was lost on Saturday after heavy rain flooded the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra course.

Starting the race, all tied in second place at -3 under par are, Andrew Marshall, Jean-Baptiste, Adrien Saddier, Jaakko Makitalo, Roope Kakko, Alessandro Tadini and Pete Whiteford.

Pete was making his first start of the season after losing his European Tour card was happy with his golf, he is used to these wet and windy conditions, but advised he will play mostly on the Challenge Tour this year;

“I’m quite happy, I played nicely and left a few out there to be honest, which is nice to say considering I was probably the worst golfer on The European Tour last year!”

“It’s been blowing a hurricane back home so it’s kind of what I’ve been practicing in anyways. It’s the first time I’ve been on a golf course and enjoyed it for a maybe a year so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

“I feel very refreshed after taking a little break from the game. The driver is a lot better and that was the thing that was killing me last year, but you work twice as hard when you’re playing badly and I was doing more than I should have been doing, working on the wrong things.”

“It feels better, the time away helped to refresh the brain a little bit and if I enjoy it I’ll play alright. I don’t care how I do at the moment as long as I enjoy it.”

“It’s a major for us on the Challenge Tour, the biggest one of the year so with me certainly, being selfish, I definitely want to get the second round in so I can get a pay cheque and some money onto the Rankings.”

“I’m not going to play European Tour this year, maybe a couple, but my focus is on the Challenge Tour and to enjoy it and not be depressed and miserable.”

“After just one round it’s going to be an absolute rat race with a huge number of people on the same scores. It’ll be a shotgun start so it’s not like you’ll be under the cosh coming down the stretch because you’ll never know where the scores will come from.”

“I guess you just go out and enjoy it and see what you shoot and if I’m there or thereabouts I can start thinking about it. I’m just happy not to be grumpy!”

The field was cut to 65 and ties ahead of Sunday’s final round, and with 82 players separated by just six shots and a shotgun start, it promises to be an enthralling, but probably damp, final round.

Madeira Islands Open. 1st Round Still Not Completed.

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The 1 st round of the Madeira Islands Open has still not been completed, due to flooding on the greens, but Joachim B Hansen has the club-house lead.

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Joachim completed his bogey free opening round with a score of -4 under par 68, and temporarily sits on top of the Madeira Islands Open leaderboard.

He said it feels good to get such a good start to this competition, but would like to be able to control the wind. Wouldn’t we all;

“I felt great out there and it’s a good start.”

“I missed a short one on the 11th hole for three birdies in a row to start but I feel confident with my swing and I know where the ball is going, I just need to control it in the wind.”

“The course is nice, really good conditions, and it’s good they made the greens that much slower so the ball doesn’t roll in the wind.”

“No bogeys was pretty impressive, I’d take that every day. I didn’t feel nervous out there and I just knew what to do.” 

“Last year I had problems with my short irons; I wasn’t hitting it close enough and I worked on that a lot during the winter.”

“I changed putter at the start of this year too and that’s working really well for me.”

“I just have the feeling that I can shoot any score right now and four under was a lot better than I expected. I think it is possible to go lower out there because I had 30 putts today and I missed a few short ones for birdie, but you can’t make every putt.”

“I struggled last year, I just needed one big result, I made a lot of cuts but needed the top-ten finish to keep my card. It’s a big confidence boost, it’s very nice to feel the game is back to where I think it can be.”

Andrew Marshall, French pair Adrien Saddier and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet were all tied for second place with completed rounds of -3 under par. While Roope Kakko and Jepee Huldahl are also on that score, but have yet to finished the round.

We will have to wait and see what the weather will do to this tournament, at the moment it looks like a repeat of last years 36 holes.

Madeira Islands Open, 1st Round Suspended.

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The first round of the Madeira Islands Open was suspended, due to strong winds, which forced a day-long postponement to the start of play at Clube de Golfe do Santo da Serra. The tournament has now been reuced to 54 holes and will begin on Friday.

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The wind in Portugal

Gusts reached nearly 50 mph, which meant it was impossible to keep a ball on the green, the same conditions caused last year’s event to be reduced to 36 holes.

Tournament Director, José Maria Zamora, reported;

“We have not started the first round due to the very strong winds we have suffered for the whole day today.”

“When we got here this morning the winds were reaching 30-35 kilometres per hour with gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour so despite the efforts we’ve made, we didn’t cut the greens for the last two days because we knew about this forecast, winds have been too strong and gusty.”

“Every time we sent our referees to check, the balls were moving on the green. The players have been waiting in the players’ lounge now for up to eight hours, so the best option is to send them back and start fresh tomorrow.”

“For anybody that’s been here all week this week, they will have seen that on Monday it was absolutely gorgeous, 25 degree heat and not a breath of wind, so it’s just a matter of us being very, very unlucky.”

“It’s very difficult for the players to keep concentration and motivation and for a lot of players here this week, this event is one of the biggest events of the season. They’ve been very patient and they haven’t got upset at all so we thank them for that.”


Madeira Islands Open. Play-Off Win for Brooks Daniels.

dragon logo darkBrooks Daniels wins the Madeira Islands Open in a play-off against Scott Henry.

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Brooks carded a -5 under par second and final round in the Madeira Islands Open to reach -9 under par for the 36 hole tournament. Scott scored a -4 under par final round, leaving him tied at the top of the leaderboard at -9 under par. He then bogeyed the first play-off hole handing the win to Brooks who carded a par on the 18th to win his maiden Tour title.

This short tournament was further saddened by the death of  caddie Iain McGregor, Brooks referred to the incident;

“It’s great to get a win, but it’s not nice to do it in these circumstances, it’s horrible what happened out there so my condolences go out to all of his family.”


“I’m over the moon to have won on The European Tour but I played good golf for the last few days so I’m happy with that. Scott did really well in the last three holes and it was a great performance from him. I was pretty calm during the play-off, more tired than anything, but I was a little bit nervous obviously.”


“Anything can happen in a play-off so to hit the fairway from the tee was nice and then to hit a good shot in and put him under a bit of pressure was great. It’s why we play golf, to win, so I’m really happy.”

Scottsaid it only took one good putt to get him fired up at the end;

” Obviously I was not looking like catching up with Daniel towards the end, but then I holed probably the best putt I’ve holed all week at the 15th hole and that got me going. The last three holes I holed some really good putts so it was good just to force a play-off.

“I’m obviously disappointed to be beaten in a play-off but everything that’s happened, it puts things into perspective a little.”

Fabrizio Zanotti, Julien Guerrier, Jordi Garcia Pinto and Antonio Hortal shared third place on -6 under par for this sad tournament



Madeira Islands Open. Tournament Reduced to 36 Holes.

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The Madeira Islands Open in Portugal has been reduced to 36 holes due to inclement weather conditions.

Round one has yet to be completed, and Scott Henry still leads in the clubhouse at -5 under par 67. There are three players at -4 under par; Daniel Brooks and Lloyd Kennedy have finished their opening rounds of -4 under par 68. Antonio Hortal has completed 16 holes and is also at -4 under par.

Round one will resume tomorrow, with a further 18 holes to follow to complete the tournament.

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Lloyd Kennedy was ecstatic with his bogey free first round -4 under par score;

“I’m over the moon with four under, it’s quite tough out there. It’s very windy and it’s been a long day, I was up at 5:15 am this morning and had five warm ups during the day. Hopefully I can do more of the same in the second round. I didn’t drop a shot for my whole first round which was nice. I haven’t done that for a while.”

“I have never played an event like this. This is definitely a first for me. I got to the golf club here on Monday morning at 11am and I had played seven holes by 2pm on the Saturday afternoon, so it’s been a long week. But it’s the same for everyone. No one can do anything about the weather so you just have to take it as it comes.”

“It’s a mental test, absolutely. I was on the tee, then back into the clubhouse and back and forth a couple of times. It’s tough but you’ve got to have your wits about you and if you can get your head around it there are big opportunities there. It’s such a big week for the Challenge Tour players this week, if you have a good week it’s a big step towards getting a European Tour card at the end of the season. Hopefully more of the same tomorrow and we’ll see where that takes me.”

Daniel Brooks was also very happy with his effort;

“I’m really happy with that round, I made a few nice birdie putts at the start and then hit a couple of lovely shots coming in at the end for a couple of birdies.”

“It’s alright once you get out there on the course because you’re out there competing and it doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, you’re out there to do your job either way. Hopefully I can carry on the way I’m going.”

The final outcome of this tournament is still in the balance with just one round to go. A low score tomorrow will be enough to lift the trophy, and just about anyone could win it.