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Paul Broadhurst goes for third straight

Paul Broadhurst attempts this week to join a select band of players to win the same European Tour event three times in a row.

If the 41-year-old Briton can again hold aloft the Portuguese Open trophy on Sunday, he will etch his name in the record books alongside Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam.

"I just want to get off to a good start and if I can get into contention, hopefully the experience of the last two years will pull me through," Broadhurst told the tour's official Web site.

"To win it twice was brilliant and it would be fantastic to win for a third time and join that list of players."

Woosnam was the first member of the 'Famous Five' to register three successive victories at the 1992 Monte Carlo Open.

Faldo joined his fellow Briton a year later by securing a third consecutive Irish Open.

Next up was Montgomerie at the PGA Championship (1998-2000) followed by world number one Woods with his three WGC-NEC Invitational titles (1999-2001), a feat he repeated on Sunday with his third successive WGC-CA Championship triumph.

South African Els achieved his hat-trick at the Heineken Classic in Melbourne from 2002-04.

Broadhurst won the 2005 Portuguese Open at Oitavos Golfe in Estoril before making a successful defence at Le Meridien Penina. "What I remember most about winning at Oitavos was a comment made by this elderly Portuguese man during my final round," said the Englishman.

"I was on the 11th tee looking back down the 10th when he came up to me and said, 'you are going to win'.

"I was four behind at the time and I said, 'you might be being a bit optimistic'. He repeated I would win and at the end he came up to me to say, 'I told you so'."

This year's tournament returns to Oitavos where Broadhurst will be up against 61 tour winners including 2005 Volvo Masters champion Paul McGinley and 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie.


March 27, 2007

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