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Classy Calmels Cruises To Victory In Madrid
François Calmels put on one of the classiest performances of the Challenge Tour season with a brilliant final round five under par 67 to close out an emphatic seven stroke victory at the Challenge de Madrid.
The Frenchman, one clear at the beginning of the final round, produced a clinical, comprehensive final round performance to finish the week at El Encín Golf Hotel on 17 under par 271, seven shots clear of his closest challenger, Tapio Pilkkanen of Finland.
“I played so well today,” said Calmels after receiving the Challenge de Madrid trophy, and the first place cheque for €25,600, which propels him to fifth place in the Challenge Tour Rankings.
“I hit all the right shots and made a lot of good decisions which was really satisfying because the conditions were tough out there today.”
Calmels began the week with a course record nine under par 63 at the El Encín Golf Hotel, but it was his performance in the final round that made the win so classy.
His 40ft putt for eagle no the first set the tone and from then on everytime it looked as his lead may slip Calmels was able to up his performance giving his competitors little encouragement of an unlikely comeback.
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