From start to finish of the tournament, with rounds of 66, 66 and 63 shots (195 in total, -18), Antonio Hortal won the Madrid Professional PGAe Championship, which concluded today at the Club de Villa de Madrid field.
Antonio Hortal, Madrid Professional PGAe Championship
The man from Madrid started as the favorite and leader of the third and final day with a four-stroke advantage over a list of players that included Jacobo Pastor, Alfonso Buendía and Daniel Berna. Hortal has made good forecasts by winning the decisive round with a superb round of 63 shots (-8) with nine birdies and a single error on the 18th hole, a bogey, with everything already decided.
However, Pastor came out to fight for victory from the first hole and in the end it turned into a birdie party that he shared with Hortal to sign the best card of the day, 62 shots (-9), with nine birdies and no fault. A dream card, but insufficient to overcome the iron Hortal.
“It is the fourth victory of the season, but this one is above all. It has been an incredible week on the PGAe National Circuit in which I have played very solidly from tee to green, and I cannot be happier and more grateful to the Madrid Golf Federation, the Villa de Madrid Country Club, the PGAe and, above all, to my family”, commented Hortal who also got the 6,000 euros of the 40,000 euro purse that corresponded to the champion.
Another of the outstanding players has been the amateur Javier Calles who has signed a last round of 67 shots (-3) to rise to fourth position in the table tied with Kevin Esteve, Jordan Gibb, and Carlos Balmaseda with a total of 207 shots (-6).
An FGM Madrid Championship that was enhanced this year with its participation in the Spain Golf Tour 50th Anniversary PGA of Spain.
“It has been a great tournament that we have to thank the Madrid Golf Federation for sharing it with us and the Villa de Madrid Country Club that has dedicated themselves to the event,” said Ander Martínez, president of the PGA of Spain. He also recognized the work of Francisco Álvarez, a professional who helped develop golf in Madrid and one of the founders of the Professional Association of Spain, the oldest professional sports association in our country, half a century ago, to whom he presented a commemorative plaque. “You were visionaries, and it is an honor to recognize that effort and work in someone who has also transmitted so many values of which we are heirs,” Martínez acknowledged at the awards ceremony.