The Madeira Islands Open will be taking place between May 16 and 19, 2013 and the presence of Ricardo Santos, who took part in the 2012 European Tour, is sure to bring with it increased media coverage and interest from golf fans.
Ricardo Santos won the 20th edition of the Madeira Islands Open and in doing so became only the second Portuguese winner on the European circuit following in the footsteps of Daniel Silva.
No golfer has ever managed to win the Madeira Islands Open back to back and Ricardo Santos will be fighting to be the first person to so this and to take home a share of the 675.000 euro prize money fund.
In 2013 the Madeira Islands Open will be coinciding with the Volvo World Match Play Championship and once again the open will be part of the official European Tour and Challenge Tour calendar with players being able to use this tournament as part of the Race to Dubai European Tour.
President of the Clube de Golfe do Santo da Serra, António Henriques, said in a statement to press: “It is with enormous pleasure that we receive visitors from all around the world to celebrate this 21st edition of the Madeira Islands Open to be played on our championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.
“Also in the month of May we have the flower festival where we are able to celebrate the natural beauty of Madeira making this an ideal time for anyone wanting to visit the island.”
Keith Waters, the executive director of operations for the European Tour, said that the Madeira leg of the tour has become a tradition on the circuit.
“The beauty of the island and the environment makes the week even more enjoyable.
“Last year’s edition will remain in the memory of everyone who attended and that fact that Ricardo Santos has been named as the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the year will only increase the expectations of everyone for the next edition of the Madeira Islands Open,” said Keith Waters.
Golf in Portugal is an enormous part of the tourism industry and has particular importance in Madeira and in the Algarve where hundreds of thousands of rounds of golf are played each year by residents and visiting golfers.