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World Cup a family affair in Estonia
August 16, 2011

Omega Mission Hills World Cup holders Francesco and Edoardo Molinari will not be the only brothers vying for glory in China in November after Portuguese siblings Hugo and Ricardo Santos secured their place at Estonian Golf & Country Club during last week's European qualifier.

After an enthralling four days of golf the Portuguese brothers finished third behind Austria and the Netherlands to book their berths at the showpiece event at Hainan, China, from November 24-27. A third set of brothers, Columbia's Camilo and Manuel Villegas are also involved .

Played over EGCC's Sea Course - ranked in Europe's Top 100 courses - the Portuguese team enjoyed their third round, scoring the joint-lowest round of the tournament with an 11-under-par 61, which led to Hugo Santos commenting: "The course is great, we really enjoyed ourselves out there."

Some excellent scoring saw the Austrian team of Roland Steiner and Florian Prägant top the leaderboard three shots ahead of Dutchmen Joost Luiten and Robert Jan Derksen with Portugal a further six shots behind.

The 7,070-yard course offers a contrast throughout the 18 holes, stretching through lush forest before opening up alongside the Baltic Sea and the Jägala River with stunning views across the Gulf of Finland.

This was something not lost on the players who were impressed with the course layout, its elevation changes, oak pathways, ancient boulders and natural ponds.

Former Dubai Desert Classic winner Derksen said: "It's a fun course to play and make birdies - you can be aggressive and go for the pins. We don't often get to play courses where you can be so aggressive and it's great for this kind of format."

Dutch teammate Luiten echoed his playing partner's thoughts, adding: "It's a great course in very good condition - there are some really nice holes out there and if you play well you can score well, which is fun."

Hanno Kross, Estonian Golf & Country Club CEO, said: "It was great to have so many compliments from players and officials who regularly play the best courses around the world - to be held in such high regard by them all is a testament to the quality of the course and facilities we have at Estonian Golf & Country Club.

"To have successfully staged such an important international golf event is great for the city of Tallinn too as it is the 2011 European Capital of Culture."








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