Marcos Pastor with a victory under his belt after final marathon round of golf
Marcos Pastor (-11) took home the win in the eighteenth Gecko Tour tournament held at La Cañada. The Spanish golfer from Cordoba finished with an excellent score of 131 shots in 36 holes for the win with a five-shot advantage over Swedish golfers Frederik From and Andreas Andersson. Danish golfer Mads Vibe-Hastrup and British golfer Matthew Baldwin tied for fourth place.
The setbacks from the interruptions accumulated the first day made it so that golfers had to go into a sort of golf marathon. Pastor, for example, had to play 27 holes practically without stopping. “Today I had to get up pretty early to play and we barely even had a fifteen minute break between the first and second rounds, just enough time for a sandwich. It really puts you to the test”, assured the winner just after confirming his victory.
The win at La Cañada just goes to show that all the work Pastor has been putting in for quite some time now is paying off. He’s been really focused on being in good physical shape these past months and it really shows on days like today. “I played really well, really relaxed. Yesterday I started off well with five birdies on the first six holes, but we all know how La Cañada is, you never know because there’s always the back nine, a stretch where if you don’t play well, things can get pretty complicated”, he affirmed.
Pastor returned to competition in 2017. He’s played in a few Gecko tournaments, although the win did not come as a big surprise. The leader in the Gecko rankings last season has clear what the key to success is: “the key is in the putt. Here, everyone plays well and the difference is in the putt. I wasn’t even putting badly, but they just didn’t go in or I made 3-putts where I shouldn’t have. I’ve worked a lot on the putt speed and on the wedges and this week, it turned out well. I even allowed myself to take it easy on the last two holes with the tournament in the bag”, he assures.
The Gecko champion showed his true colors today. More proof that he’s ready to take his game to the next level. He’ll continue to play in a few more Gecko tournaments, tournaments in theAlps, the Gambito Tour and as many tournaments as he can in the Challenge Tour. Step by step without going overboard, but without losing his sense of motivation and determination at the same time, which is to be able to compete among the best.
Andersson’s second place will allow him to get closer to achieving his goal which is to win the Gecko Tour order of merit. Nothing is guaranteed yet, but he’s definitely much closer with only five tournaments to go before finishing the season.
Mario Galiano had the best rest results in the second round, with 30 shots on the first nine, including a sensational eagle (2) on the 6th hole
The next Gecko tournament will be this Thursday and Friday on the Heathland course atAlcaidesa.