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Daniel Vancsik amazed at surprise victory

Little-known Argentine Daniel Vancsik thanked his coach and his psychologist after pulling off one of the most unlikely victories of the year.

The 30-year-old from Posadas, struggling in 215th place on the European Tour order of merit at the start of the Madeira Islands Open, recorded the largest winning margin of the season when he charged to a seven-shot triumph.

"This is amazing," Vancsik told reporters at the Santo da Serra Golf Club. "My coach Jose Cantero has worked with me a lot on my short game and my psychologist Pablo Pecora has helped me with my concentration.

"Before, when I hit a couple of bad shots I would lose my mind completely, but he helped me to stay patient and realise that you do not always hit the ball great in this sport."

Vancsik, who had missed the cut in four of his previous seven appearances, wrapped up victory on the Portuguese island with a closing four-under-par 68.

That gave him an 18-under total of 270, equalling the lowest score in the 14-year history of the tournament.

"I have changed so much of my swing in the last two months and worked so hard to earn this victory," said Vancsik.

"I played well all week. I had so many chances for birdies because my wedge play was so strong and when I made the chances I took them because I was putting well."

Vancsik became the ninth Argentine to win on the tour and celebrated in the accustomed style when he was drenched in champagne by compatriot players and caddies, and draped his country's flag around his shoulders.

Santiago Luna of Spain, the 1995 winner, and South African David Frost shared second place on 277.


March 27, 2007

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