PEDRO FIGUEIREDO

BIOGRAPHY

Height – 6 ft 3″
Date of birth –  13th June 1991
Turned pro – 2012
Family – Single
Residence – Lisbon, Portugal

Figgy, as he is known among the golfing community, made history as one of the best Portuguese amateur golfers of all time. He 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.

His main victory were, nevertheless, the British Boys Championship, as it put his name amongst the best amateur golfers in the world.  Moreover, he was also selected to play in three European Junior teams (Junior Ryder Cup and Jacques L’Église Trophy).

As a senior, Pedro’s final year for UCLA culminated in attending the NCAA Division 1 finals in Atlanta, and, he also represented Europe at the Palmer Cup in Wilmington, Delaware.

Late in 2016, Pedro found the form that he is capable of and claimed victory at the Pinheiros Altos Classic II on the Algarve Pro Tour. A couple of weeks later Pedro claimed his second victory of the season, by winning the Grand Final Gambito Golf on the Spanish Circuit. He became the first Portuguese player to win on this circuit and could not have claimed a bigger title. Pedro shot a fantastic 66 on the final day (6 under) to claim victory.

“I played quite well today. In the first two days I also played very similarly, but today I ended up with some 3 putts. I was very consistent throughout the tournament, I think I only made 3 bogeys in three days, which is pretty good. This course has six holes of Par-5, four of them quite short and I got to take advantage of those holes. Today was a windy day, it was not easy, but I tend to get along with the wind and I felt comfortable, “said Pedro, delighted with his win. 

The 2017 season on the Algarve Pro Tour started brightly for Pedro with wins at the Pinheiros Altos Classic and the Palmers Classic II. He finished the season ranked 4th place in the overall rankings and has successfully secured a Challenge Tour category for the 2018 season.

Pedro’s maiden Challenge Tour victory came at the 2018 KPMG Trophy, where a 25-foot putt in a three-way play-off, was enough to grant him the title.

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. 

Since Pedro’s victory in Belgium, he has had a very steady rise up the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings. This is due to a solo third-place finish at the SSE Scottish Hydro, tied 8th at the Euram Bank Open and tied 10th at the Swedish Challenge.

Figueiredo 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, Pedro 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. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Pedro is a football fanatic and is a huge fan of Benfica. Pedro regularly attends Benfica’s home games.

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