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Portugal's Santos takes Madeira Islands

May 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM   |   Comments

MADEIRA, Portugal, May 13 (UPI) -- Portugal native Ricardo Santos rallied from behind and set a tournament record Sunday, carding a 9-under 63 to claim the Madeira Islands Open.

Santos, who was four shots behind third-round leader Carlos Del Moral entering Sunday's play, put on a charge that netted him a bogey-free final round that featured nine birdies.

He finished at 22-under 266 for his first European Tour victory -- two strokes better than the previous Madeira Islands Open record.

Santos easily outdistanced second-place finisher Magnus Carlsson, who fired a 5-under 67 to end at minus-18.

Andreas Harto, who also carded a 67, claimed sole possession of of third place one shot further back.

Del Moral, meanwhile, stumbled after Saturday's 63 to grab to a 73, finishing in a fourth-place tie at 16-under.

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