Monday, August 24, 2015

Gouveia becomes highest-ranked Portuguese 

golfer of all-time


Ricardo Gouveia, the Road to Oman Rankings leader, made history last weekend after a runner-up finish at the ROLEX Trophy moved him to 119 in the Official World Golf Ranking, making him the highest-ranked Portuguese player in the history of the game.
The 24 year old has been in imperious form this year, adding his third runner-up finish of the season in Switzerland to a run of form which includes a win at July’s AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour by Hartl Resort and five additional top tens, while he has failed to miss a single cut in 14 starts in 2015.
It is a purple patch which has elevated the University of Central Florida alumnus to within the top 120 in the world, beating his compatriot and friend Ricardo Santos’ highest career ranking of 137.
It is an achievement of which the Lisbon-born player is immensely proud, but – true to form – he is not resting on his laurels and just counts these milestones as stepping stones towards his ultimate goals.
“It feels great (to be the highest-ranked Portuguese in history)”, said Gouveia, who plays out of Guardian Bom Sucesso outside the Portuguese capital. “Of course, like I have said before, it was never my goal just to be highest-ranked player in Portugal, it has always been my goal to be the Number One ranked player in the world.
“By playing well and performing well, I will get to my goals so I just have to make sure I keep doing that.
“I am very proud to be Portuguese, I love this country and I do everything I can to represent it well. It would be a great honour to represent Portugal in the Olympics and I think I am currently inside the qualification places for it."



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