Pedro Figueiredo finally mounted the winner’s rostrum again in The Pinheiros Altos II with a total of 9 under par to win by 2 from Hugo Santos with Hugo’s younger brother Ricardo in third place. Figueiredo, who for many years was a top amateur in the world and was expected to embark on a glittering professional career but it was not to be as his form dipped and he was forced to set about trying to resurrect his career. He finally figured it out with a solid second place finish at the first Pinheiros Altos Classic and then took that form into the second event. Figueiredo held the joint lead on 5 under par with Hugo Santos and 2016 Walker Cup Hero Cormac Sharvin, who is making a solid start to his professional career.
This trio led a stellar field of former European Tour players and current Challenge Tour players who would be chasing them down over the course of the second day.
The first realistic clubhouse target was set by the young amateur Peter Handcock who posted a final total of 5 under par with scores of one under par on the first day and a brilliant 4 under par on day two.
Handcock’s total sat on top of the leader board for a long time until it was equalled by the fast improving Tomas Silva who has made the transition from top amateur golf to the paid professional ranks with ease. It was not long before Ricardo Santos set a new target of 6 under par for the leaders to catch and it was then going to be a tense wait for Santos to see if his brother, Hugo, or fellow countryman Figueiredo, could catch, or indeed overtake him. The battle between the leaders saw it develop into a two-horse race between Hugo Santos and Figueiredo as Cormac Sharvin began to fade down the home stretch.
Figueiredo played controlled, steady golf throughout the second day as Hugo Santos struggled, certainly over the front nine holes where, with only one par he turned in level par to drop 3 shots behind his playing partner with 9 holes to play. Santos played better golf over the second nine and with a birdie on the sixteenth got to within one shot of Figueiredo but then a bogey on the penultimate hole left Santos with too much to do and Figueiredo finished strongly with a birdie to win by two. Apart from the well-deserved win by Pedro Figueiredo the story of the second day and indeed the tournament turned out to be the young amateur Peter Handcock who, despite his tender years put in a superb performance, which saw him finish the event in fourth place.
We now move onto the San Lourenzo course for the final leg of Swing 2 and then it’s home for Christmas and a well-earned break for both us and the players.