Pedro Linhart and Mats Lanner Golf equipment, winner of the last two Madeira Island Open titles, return to the beautiful Portuguese territory in the Atlantic Ocean to make another attempt to capture another championship on the European Tour.
Linhart, Taylormade r9 tp irons born of American parents but now a Spanish citizen, resisted a powerful challenge from Europe's 1999 Ryder Cup captain Mark James a year ago to capture his first European Tour title at Santo da Serra.
The 36-year-old Spaniard birdied the 71st hole just as a play-off loomed and safely two-putted the last for a par and a winning 12 under par total of 276.
Linhart's closing 71, under extreme pressure from James, Taylormade r9 irons was a masterly effort as he clung on in the face of a thrilling charge from the man who led Europe's team against the USA at The Country Club, Brookline, last September.
The previous year saw another fairytale story as Lanner regained his playing rights in one superb week Taylormade r9 max irons. After 17 years on Tour he could see no light at the end of a dark tunnel which had led him to lose his playing privileges by finishing 121st on the Volvo Order of Merit in 1996 and 196th the following year.
Still, he could compete in the Madeira Island Open at Santo da Serra, Taylormade burner superlaunch irons courtesy of a tournament victory on the sunshine Portuguese Island in 1994. The 38-year-old found inspiration, rediscovered his zest for golf and conjured up one of the year's fairy tale stories by winning the Madeira Island Open for a second time.