Callum Tarren made a successful debut on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour, winning a closely fought battle for the “Dom Pedro Old Course Classic”, with Portugal’s big hitting Tomas Bessa.
Tarren, a US Korn Ferry Tour member, unravelled mysteries of the beautifully presented Dom Pedro Old Course in Vilamoura at the first attempt and was full of praise for this iconic golf course.
On the first day Bradley Bawden led after a 5 under par 68, with Tarren a shot further back on 69. Bessa, Craig Lawrie, James Wills and Benjamin Hallam all shot 3 under par to stay within striking distance.
On the second day Gregori Baumann set an early target of 7 under par for the tournament, adding a superb 7 under par 65 to his first-round level par.
The last group held the key to deciding the winner, with Bessa setting a blistering pace, eating up the front nine in just 31 shots, to turn on 8 under par and lead Tarren by 2 shots.
Bessa then dropped back to 6 under par with bogies on the tenth and twelfth, while Tarren retook the lead with birdies on twelve and thirteen.
Both players birdied the sixteenth but Bessa then came within one shot of Tarren with a birdie on the seventeenth but with pars for both of them on the eighteenth, it was Tarren who held on for the narrowest of victories.
The Dom Pedro Old Course was a wonderful host applauded by the players and the Portugal Pro Golf Tour staff, who are all looking forward to the next tournament at the Dom Pedro Victoria course, which hosts the Portugal Masters.