It was very appropriate that an Irishman, John-Ross Galbraith, should win the O’Connor Classic over a course designed by Christy O’Connor Jr, the son of “Himself”, Christy O’Connor, at the Amendoeira Golf Resort.
In the first round, Galbraith scored the best of the day 6 under par 66 to lead by one shot from Nick Poppleton with Will Symons a shot further back.
The second day developed into a battle between Galbraith and Symons, with both players reaching 10 under par after 32 holes.
An untidy fifteenth hole saw Galbraith take a one-shot lead after Symons made a double bogey and Galbraith made a bogey.
Symons immediately hit back with a birdie on the sixteenth to tie things up again on 9 under par with 2 holes left to play.
Galbraith then retook the lead with a great birdie on the penultimate hole but it was still not over with the difficult eighteenth hole to come.
And indeed the last hole of an intriguing battle proved to be decisive with the unfortunate Symons going for broke made another expensive double bogey, that left Galbraith with the comfort of making bogey a to win by two.