David “Dicko” Dixon returned to the form that saw him capture a European Tour title earlier in his career, when he won a tense play-off against Freddie Price on the third extra hole at the Boavista Golf and Resort, just outside of Lagos in the Algarve.
Price led after the first round scoring a very fine 6 under par 64, with Dixon, joined by Max Orin on 5 under the card.
In the second round both both Dixon and Price were paired together and came to the last hole tied on 6 under par and with neither player on in two at this brute of a par four, which was playing uphill into a very strong wind.
Both players found the green with their third shots but were left with putts of some 15 feet each and Dixon being first to putt holed his tricky down hiller for par, which left Price having to hole his from a similar distance to tie.
He holed out manfully and the pair were deadlocked on 6 under par and when they were informed that there was going to be a play-off, Dixon was shocked as he thought there was a 7 under par already in the clubhose.
The play-off was to be sudden death over the 1st, 2nd and 18th holes and with both players parring the first 2 holes it was on too the beast, that is the eighteenth.
Price had the honour and promptly hit his tee shot out of bounds down the left which surprised not only him but also Dixon and it was the calming words of his long-suffering caddie, Danny “Crooky” Crook, telling him to keep it smooth and hit the fairway.
Dixon obliged and found the middle of this difficult driving hole, then he hit a low chaser just left and short of the green, while a disheartened Price found the right-hand bunker.
Dixon pitched on weakly leaving some 25 feet to negotiate while Price hit a decent bunker shot to around 15 feet.
Dixon cosied his putt up to within a couple of feet and it was left to Price to try and hole his for a six and force Dixon to hole out for the win.
Unfortunately for Price, he missed and conceded defeat and a relieved Dixon who said that even though it was a tough day it was good to win again.