Harry Casey repeated his 2014 win at Palmares with a stunning performance in difficult conditions over the Alvor and Lagos nines.
Casey shot a disappointing opening round of one over par 73 to sit well back from the leader, Jamie Abbott who compiled a solid 2 under par 70 which given the weather conditions was an excellent score. Play had to be suspended due to the heavy rain which swept across the course at mid-day however due to the excellent drainage, on this sand based course, play was resumed fairly promptly and the round was completed just before darkness fell.
The second day was to prove a trying one for some and a joyous one for others as the wind dropped and the sun came out the scoring of Casey was nothing short of brilliant getting to 7 under par for the round after 16 holes. His only wobble came at the par 3 seventeenth where he made bogey but he more than made up for that slip with a stunning Eagle at the last to set a clubhouse score of 7 under par.
First round leader Abbott came to the Seventeenth tee on 6 under and a par birdie finish would see a play-off between him and Casey.
However, it was not to be and a bogey, bogey finish saw Abbott finish on 4 under par for the tournament to trail the winner by 3 shots and finish in second place.
Portugal were well represented on the final leader board with a solid third place finish by João Carlota on 3 under par total and the newly turned professional and former Portuguese amateur International Tomás Silva, who tied fourth on one under par.
We stay at Onyria Palmares for the final event of Swing 1 and play the Lagos and Praia nines with Praia being the nine holes which run along the beach and were part of the original course before the redesign of the venue took place.