Figueiredo secures European Tour card for 2019

It was a Sunday to remember for Pedro Figueiredo, as he secured his European Tour card for the 2019 season, following a final round 67 at the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final.

Entering the final tournament of the season placed 17th in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings, Figueiredo needed a big week to guarantee his promotion to the European Tour.

Opening up with two consecutive one under par, 71’s, followed by a level par, 72, he had work to do in his final round of 2018. 

When the pressure was on, Figueiredo produced a final round of five under par, 67, including a birdie at his final hole, to jump up to 13th place on the leaderboard and get inside the elusive top 15. 

“I was out, I was in, I was out, and yeah, in the end somehow I managed to sneak in there, so it was just a rollercoaster of two hours”, said Figueiredo. “It’s always been a goal, but I don’t think I have realised yet that I have achieved it. It’s been a long journey to get here, but maybe tomorrow I’ll start settling down and realising that I’m on the European Tour.”

Figueiredo jumped up the Challenge Tour rankings after his victory at the KPMG Trophy during the summer and continued his fine form throughout the season with a third-place finish at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge and tied eighth at the Euram Bank Open. All were big factors in helping Figueiredo to secure his European Tour card for next season.

Also competing at the Ras Al Khaimah Grand Final were Oliver Wilson and Oscar Lengdén who finished their weeks off in tied 22nd and tied 17th respectively. Overall, Oliver completed his year ranked 17th and Oscar, 23rd.

Figueiredo triumphs in Belgium

A 25-foot putt in a three-way play-off, was enough to grant Pedro Figueiredo his maiden Challenge Tour victory at the KPMG Trophy.

Shooting a final round 64 (-7), saw him enter into a play-off with Sweden’s, Anton Karlsson and Welshman, Stuart Manley. A birdie putt on the first extra play-off hole could not be matched by either, and Figueiredo took the title. 

Beginning the day four shots behind the leader, Pedro shot a bogey-free 64, including 5 birdies and an eagle, to lift him to 22 under par. He also had a birdie putt on his final hole to win, which he unfortunately could not convert, but made amends in the play-off.

“It feels really good to win,” said Pedro. “It’s my first victory on the Challenge Tour. I’m beyond words, it feels really good.”

“I’ve had a few tough years starting as a pro and now to come back strong and be able to win on the Challenge Tour means a lot to me. I’m very thankful for it and it feels really good.

Pedro shot rounds of 63, 68, 67 and 64 throughout the week at L’Empereur G&CC, which included 24 birdies and 2 eagles. 

“It means a lot for my confidence. Knowing that I’m able to win here on the Challenge Tour because the level is great out here, it means a lot. I hope to build on that confidence and get a few more victories in the future.”

This win lifts Figueiredo into tenth position on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings, on a total of 39,532 points. He will go on to tee it up at the Hauts de France Open this week at Saint-Omer. 

Well done Pedro – we are all so thrilled that you have captured your first Challenge Tour victory, and know that it is just the beginning! 

Photo credits: golfsupport.nl

Figueiredo & Gribble join Hambric Sports.

Hambric Sports are proud to announce the signings of Cody Gribble and Pedro Figueiredo.

Cody accepted a scholarship to the University of Texas where he enjoyed a career that included NCAA All-America Honors and a 2012 NCAA Team National Championship. Cody made his professional debut at the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic via a sponsor exemption after graduating from the University of Texas in May 2013.

Pedro won the National Championship (twice), the Portuguese Golf Federation Cup, the National Rankings and the Player of the year award.  Internationally, he won both the Portuguese and the Irish Amateur Opens, as well as three individual college golf tournaments as a UCLA player.