Irelands Paul McBride overcame Portugal’s Tomas Bessa in a dramatic 4-hole play-off to win the Penina Classic III after both players finished tied on 10 under par.

Richard Bentham led after the first round with a 6 under par 67 to lead by one shot from the amateur and fellow Welshman, Lewys Sanges.

Stuart Grehan, Dale Whitnell and the eventual winner McBride lay a shot further back on 4 under par so the second day was set fair for an exciting finish.

The front nines of McBride and Bessa gave no clue as to what was to come, with McBride slipping back to 3 under par whilst Bessa got to 7 under and a 4-shot lead.

McBride then sprang into life with an Eagle on the tenth and a birdie on the twelfth to close within one shot of Bessa. 

McBride then bogeyed the thirteenth to drop two shots back from the leader Bessa and with holes running out it was going to be an uphill struggle for McBride. 

The final few holes brought some cheer for McBride who covered the last 5 holes in 3 under par whilst Bessa could only manage to complete them in one under and so it was into a deciding play-off.

With daylight rapidly running out after the pair had halved the first 3 holes, they came to the par 5 eighteenth for the second time, with both players in the righthand greenside trap for two.

Bessa played a great shot to within 3 to 4 feet of the hole but McBride bettered that and his ball came to rest within 2 feet of the cup.

Bessa putted first and missed, leaving the disbelieving McBride to hole his short putt for the win, which he duly did.