Travel News 30th Aug, 2019 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
Englishman Dale Whitnell made full use of his course knowledge to win the final event of the Portugal Pro Golf Tour (PPGT) on Troia Resort’s championship course, one of Europe’s best and renowned for its breathtaking sea views and challenging links holes.
The tournament saw around 80 players from across the globe compete for the €25,000 purse.
Whitnell won with a final score of nine-under-par after three rounds.
“I already had great memories of Troia from 2009, winning the Portuguese Amateur Championship, so when it was announced as the Tour Championship venue, I was quietly confident,” he said after his sealing the victory.
“Troia Resort is an outstanding facility and one I would recommend to anyone. The staff were welcoming and the golf course was in first-class condition, making it a very good test for all levels of the game.”
Located on the Tróia Peninsula on the Atlantic coast, with panoramic views of the ocean and Arrábida mountain range, players and fans were stunned by Troia’s unrivalled beauty.
HannesRönneblad’s new course record of 65, seven-under-par, achieved on the last day of the event, may not seem particularly low for a modern pro – but when one takes into consideration Troia’s challenging layout, it’s an extremely impressive score that is likely to stand for some time.
And the 24-year-old Swede is a big fan of the course.
“Troia is definitely one of my favourite courses in Europe,” he said. “There aren’t many places that test your entire game in such a great way – it’s a paradise if you like creativity.”