Stuart Grehan claims his first professional win

Bernie McGuire

Stuart Grehan has claimed his first professional win on the Algarve Tour by taking victory at the Palmares Classic in Portugal.

Having opened with a six-under-par 66 in Lagos on day one, Grehan kept his foot to the floor in his four-under 68 today to notch his first professional win by a single stroke with a -10 total ahead of England’s Max Orrin.
The Tullamore pro played his last six holes in three under, crucially notching a birdie four at the long par-5 17th to get a jump on the field. With two putts to win it at the last, Grehan made no mistake from 25-feet and was understandably thrilled to achieve the milestone so soon into his fledgling career.

“It’s great to get it over the line and get a win,” expressed Grehan. “It sets me up nicely now because it should get me an exemption into one of the Challenge Tour events in Portugal which means I won’t have to use up an invitation.
“I’ve been playing quite well the last few months. Working on the right stuff with my coach and I felt quite calm all day today. I know where my game’s at now at this stage so even when I’m not playing quite as well as I can, which I probably didn’t today, I can manage it and get the job done.”


Not only that, he now knows he can do it under pressure.
“I knew I had a chance coming down the last few holes, tied for the lead. To be able to birdie the par-5 17th where the guys were struggling, it was playing long. And then to finish with a par on 18. I had to two putt from 25 feet so to lay that first one dead was a great feeling.”
“This is a huge confidence booster for me just knowing that I can compete out here and win against guys that have been out on tour and done all these things before. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season now, this is a great way to start, Onwards and upwards from here.”
Great playing Stuart, well deserved, from everyone here at IGM.

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