Another “wire to wire” win came at Pinheiros Altos when Craig Farrelly won against a strong field of players that included several Challenge Tour members and former Walker Cup stars Jack Hume and Cormac Sharvin.
Farrelly led with a 6 under par 66 from local hero Hugo Santos on 5 under par and with Hume and Joao Carlota one shot further back the winner could have come from anywhere.
On the second day Farrelly played very controlled golf and increased his lead to 2 shots with 2 holes to play but a bogey on the seventeenth put the final result in the balance, with Jamie Abbott in the clubhouse on 7 under par.
The drama for Farrelly continued on the eighteenth with a pulled tee shot which settled in the left-hand trees, blocking out his view of the green.
Having surveyed the situation, Farrelly went for the “Hollywood” shot and pulled of the shot of the tournament with a combination of Seve magic and Harry Houdini escapology he drew his ball around the tree to a tight pin cut on a plateau and his ball settled some 4 feet from the cup.
It was almost an anti-climax when he missed the putt for birdie, but a simple nudge in for par gave the gritty Yorkshireman from Sheffield, a thoroughly deserved and popular win.
Farrelly paid tribute to his caddy and manager, Linda Van Essen, for keeping him focussed on the job in hand and steering him to victory.