Antonio Hortal and Daniel Berna came out in the last game of the Madrid PGAe Professional Championship, which was held over three days on the impressive course of the Real CG Lomas-Bosque. Both had an advantage of two strokes over Ignacio Gómez and three on Marcos Pastor, so everything was yet to be decided.
Pastor was the first to stand out with birdies on holes 1 and 7, tying with the lead. However, Ignacio Gómez, after a bogey on hole 1, showed a great game like the previous day, where he signed the best round of the tournament. He birdied holes 2, 5, 7 and 8, taking a two-shot lead over Berna and Hortal, who had started with more errors.
On hole 9, Hortal achieved a spectacular eagle with a putt from 12 meters, joining the fight for the title again. A three-way tie ensued. Por the 16th hole, Gómez added three more birdies and placed himself as the solo leader. It seemed that everything was decided with two holes to go.
However, on the 17th hole, a par 3 of 170 meters, Gómez hit the ball into the water and signed a double bogey. After the return, he declared: “It didn’t affect me. He believed that he still had the advantage or that he could at least go to the tiebreaker ”. Another bogey on the 18th hole put him out of contention for the title.
Bern and Hortal remained, who signed birdies on the 16th hole to beat Gómez by one. Finally, after two bogeys on the first playoff hole, hole 8 (the one in Bern with a putt of less than a meter and a half) and the Hortal bogey on 9, Daniel Berna was crowned champion.
Hortal commented: “I would have liked to win and revalidate the title, but it has not been possible, and I am happy for Daniel, who is like my brother.” For his part, the champion expressed: “It has been an incredible tournament, very hard due to the wind and the play of my teammates, but very fun to live it with Antonio. I can only thank Real CG Lomas-Bosque, the PGA of Spain and the Madrid Golf Federation for their effort, work and the great tournament”.
In the end, only 6 players managed to keep their results below par for the field, and in addition to those already mentioned, Jordi García del Moral and Pedro Oriol joined. The best amateur in the event was Sergio Rodríguez, with a total score of 231 shots.