SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) - Ricardo Santos shot a 9-under 63 Sunday to win the Madeira Islands Open by four strokes, becoming the first Portuguese-born golfer to win on the European Tour in his home country.
He rallied from four strokes down and birdied his closing three holes to set a championship record of 22 under on the Santa da Serra course. He also set a record for lowest winning final round in the 19-year history of the event.
``I don't have the words to describe this week as it is very emotional,'' he said. ``To win my first European Tour event in my own country is very special. It was a sensational round and definitely the best of my career.''
Sweden's Magnus Carlsson shot a 67 and was runner-up. Denmark's Andreas Harto finished third, five strokes behind Santos.
Santos graduated from the Challenge Tour to the main tour this year. With this victory, he earned a one-year tour exemption and an entry spot at the upcoming PGA Championship at Wentworth.
``It was amazing to have the crowds here supporting me,'' he said. ``It would be difficult to imagine a better win than this.''