Speaking to the Portuguese news agency Lusa, Ricardo Santos said that he aims to be among the top 70 golfers in Europe at the end of the season bu that winning the Portugal Masters would be the “cherry on the cake” for him this year.
Last week Ricardo Santos finished third in the Jogurg Open held in South Africa, taking him to 11th place on the Race to Dubai rankings and earning him €69,160.
He told Lusa that this was currently the “highest point” in his career and now his objective is to secure himself a place in the Race to Dubai in November which boasts a total prize fund of eight million dollars and sees some of the best golfing talent taking part on a world stage and watched by millions around the world.
This season Ricardo Santos has played in five tournaments and has managed to win a total of €264,350 in prize money from these five tournaments alone.
“I think I have the ability (of staying in the top 10). But whether I am in the top 10 or not, I will not be thinking about this because my goal is to be in the top 70 by the end of the season to be able to qualify for the Race to Dubai,” said Ricardo Santos.
Speaking to Lusa he admitted that he was currently in very good form but that his performance good always be improved.
“You can always improve your game never mind your level but of course what I am always looking for is consistency. It is clear that there is still plenty of room for improvement but I am at the height of my career at the moment.”
The golfer from Vilamoura said that outside the “majors” in golf the one competition that he would love to win had to be the Portugal Masters which will be taking place this year between October 10 and 13 in the Algarve.
“Apart from the majors, the one tournament that would be spectacular to win would have to be the Portugal Masters. The tournament has prize money of 1.5 million euros but more importantly it is staged in my home town of Vilamoura and at my home club .
“It really would be the cherry on top of the cake but I am not going to place to much emphasis on this because my primary aim is to play the best I can every week. If winning the Portugal Masters happens, it happens, if not then there are other tournaments.”
Ricardo Santos is currently the highest ranking Portuguese golfer after winning the Madeira Open last season he has since gone on to be placed fourth in Abu Dhabi, seventh in the Qatar Masters and third in South Africa.