European Golf Tour
PGA European - Madeira Islands Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, May 16th through Sunday, May 19th
SITE: Club de Golf do Santo da Serra, Santo Antonio da Serra, Madeira,
         Portugal
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Jr (1991)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,826
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 398 Yds10 - Par 4 395 Yds
2 - Par 4 441 Yds11 - Par 5 572 Yds
3 - Par 5 521 Yds12 - Par 4 315 Yds
4 - Par 3 202 Yds13 - Par 4 462 Yds
5 - Par 4 412 Yds14 - Par 4 358 Yds
6 - Par 4 364 Yds15 - Par 3 187 Yds
7 - Par 5 538 Yds16 - Par 5 556 Yds
8 - Par 3 168 Yds17 - Par 3 166 Yds
9 - Par 4 385 Yds18 - Par 4 386 Yds
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36 3,429 Yds36 3,397 Yds
 
Annual:  21st
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Ricardo Santos
Runner-Up:  Magnus A. Carlsson
Tournament Record:  266 (Ricardo Santos, 2012)
54-Hole Record:  198 (James Morrison, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Oliver Wilson, 2012)
Course Record:  61 (Stephen Scahill, 1998 - Santo de Serra)
  60 (Bradley Dredge, 2003 - Preferred lies - Santo de Serra)
Total Purse:  $776,468 (600,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $129,450; 2nd Place - $86,291; 3rd Place - $48,621
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Ricardo Santos266Carlos Del Moral272
Magnus A. Carlsson270John Parry272
Andreas Harto271Joakim Lagergren272
Mikael Lundberg272Alastair Forsyth273
Oliver Wilson272David Dixon273
 
Past Madeira Islands Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Ricardo Santos (266) -- Magnus A. Carlsson
2011Michael Hoey (278) -- Chris Gane, Jamie Elson
2010James Morrison (268) -- Oliver Fisher
2009Tano Goya (278) -- Callum Macaulay
2008*Alastair Forsyth (273) -- Hennie Otto
2007Daniel Vancsik (270) -- David Frost, Santiago Luna
2006Jean Van de Velde (273) -- Lee Slattery
2005Robert-Jan Derksen (275) -- Andrew McLardy, Gary Orr
2004Christopher Hanell (284) -- Steven Jeppesen, Brad Kennedy, Rob Rashell
2003Bradley Dredge (272) -- Brian Davis, Andrew Marshall, Fredrik Andersson
2002Diego Borrego (281) -- Marten Lafeber, Ivo Giner
2001Des Smyth (270) -- John Bickerton
2000Niclas Fasth (279) -- Ross Drummond, Mark Davis, Richard S. Johnson
1999Pedro Linhart (276) -- Mark James
1998Mats Lanner (277) -- Stephen Scahill
1997#Peter Mitchell (204) -- Fredrik Jacobson
1996Jarmo Sandelin (279) -- Paul Affleck
1995Santiago Luna (272) -- Christian Cevaer
1994#Mats Lanner (206) -- Howard Clark, Peter Hedblom, Mathias Gronberg
1993Mark James (281) -- Gordon J. Brand, Paul Broadhurst

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Ricardo Santos---------66thT-5270thT-49mcT-10Won
Oliver Wilson------mcT-21T-25------------T-4
Alastair Forsyth---------T-28---Won------T-10T-9
Lloyd Saltman---------------------mcT-4T-28
Jarmo SandelinT-52T-70T-13T-7mcwdT-12T-58T-56T-33
Niclas Fasth---------T-17------T-31------T-33
Markus BrierT-46T-7T-32mc---T-15------T-7T-60
Jamie Elson---T-25---------------T-19T-2T-68
Daniel Vancsik---mcwdmcWon---mc---mcmc
Bradley DredgeWonT-14---T-28T-15T-15T-38------mc
Estanislao Goya------------------Won---------
Robert Rock---T-33T-77mcmcmc------------
Robert-Jan Derksen6thT-14WonT-45T-25---------------
Simon Dyson------------------------------
Thomas Levet------------------------------
Tom Lewis------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Robert-Jan Derksen
Darkhorse - Peter Whiteford
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (George Coetzee) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Alexander Noren) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:There's good news and bad news surrounding this event. The good news is
that winners of this tournament are generally first-time champions, which leads us to the bad news: this tournament usually does not include the top players on the European Tour, as they are competing at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria. Last year, this event was up against the Players Championship on the PGA Tour. Defending champion Ricardo Santos is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 145 in the world.

Nine past winners are expected to play, as Santos (2012), Estanislao Goya (2009), Alastair Forsyth (2008), Daniel Vancsik (2007), Robert-Jan Derksen (2005), Bradley Dredge (2003), Niclas Fasth (2000), Jarmo Sandelin (1996) and Santiago Luna (1995) are in the field. Nine of the past 10 champions have made this tournament their maiden victory.

Last year, Santos, a native of Portugal, fired a 9-under 63 in the final round to come from behind and win in record fashion. Santos ended at 22-under par 266 to earn his first European Tour victory and set the tournament record, beating the previous mark by two strokes. His bogey-free final round featured nine birdies and allowed him to cruise to the victory. Santos became the first Portuguese player to win a European Tour event in his home country. The only other player from Portugal to win a European Tour event was Daniel Silva at the 1992 Jersey Open.

In 2010, James Morrison birdied the final hole of the tournament to collect his first European Tour title. Morrison shot rounds of 67-65-66-70 to finish at 20-under-par 268 and win by a single stroke over Oliver Fisher.

In 2009, Goya held off Callum Macaulay to win, carding rounds of 68-68-69-73 to claim his first European Tour victory. Goya, who was the top money winner on the Latin American Tour in 2008, escaped with a 1-shot win over a hard- charging Macaulay despite making a double bogey on the 16th hole. The young winner finished four rounds at Porto Santo Golfe at 6-under 278 -- one of just eight players to finish under par on the tough Seve Ballesteros-designed course. Macaulay fired a then-course-record-tying, 7-under 64 to climb from a tie for 10th into solo second place at 5-under 279. His final-round score was almost 10 shots better than the day's average -- due almost entirely to a stunning back-nine finish. The Scotsman birdied eight of his last nine holes -- including six in a row to end the round -- to shoot a 28 on the back side. Amazingly, Macaulay was 11 shots off the lead when he reached the 10th tee. Goya became the youngest champion in tournament history at 20 years and 294 days and the youngest player from Argentina to win on the European Tour.

Forsyth erased a 5-shot deficit in the final round of 2008's version, then beat third-round leader Hennie Otto in a playoff for his second European Tour win. Forsyth and Otto had met 12 years earlier in a playoff to decide the 1996 Scottish Amateur, which the Scotsman Forsyth won on the ninth extra hole. The 2008 playoff was the first extra session in tournament history.

In 2007, Vancsik fired four rounds in the 60s to run away and win by seven strokes over David Frost and 1995 champion Luna. Vancsik closed with his third 4-under 68 of the week to complete his first European Tour win at 18-under-par 270.

Jean Van de Velde survived a double bogey in 2006 on the 18th hole to win by one shot over Lee Slattery, shooting a final-round, 4-under 68 for his second European Tour title. Van de Velde finished as runner-up each of the previous three times he enjoyed at least a share of the third-round lead, a dubious streak that included his infamously bizarre collapse at the 1999 British Open. The Frenchman nearly found himself in similar waters in 2006 in the final round. After leading by as many as five shots in the round, Van de Velde headed to the 18th tee nearly guaranteed a win. But after an errant drive, he hit into the tall grass on his second shot, came up short of the green on a pitch, and then knocked his fourth 15 feet past the hole. Two putts later, the drama was over as he tapped in for double bogey and the 1-shot victory. His only other title prior to this one came the first time he held a third-round lead -- at the 1993 Roma Masters. Van de Velde waited 12 years and 342 days for his second victory. That gap is the third-longest between wins in European Tour history.

There have been only two wire-to-wire champions: Luna (1995) and Fasth (2000). Players from Sweden have fared well here, winning on five occasions, with Christopher Hanell (2004) being the last. Mats Lanner of Sweden is the only two-time winner, capturing the title in 1994 and 1998.

When Des Smyth captured the 2001 tournament, he became the oldest player to win a European Tour event at 48 years and 34 days -- 22 days older than Neil Coles when he won the 1982 Sanyo Open.

Dredge posted the largest margin of victory in tournament history when he won in 2003. Dredge cruised to an 8-shot advantage over three players for his maiden win.

The European Tour travels to England next week for the BMW PGA Championship, where Luke Donald has won the last two years.

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As of May 14, 2013, at 05:00 PM ET