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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 March 2007, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
Vancsik storms to maiden title
Daniel Vancsik
Vancsik is the latest new face to make his mark on the tour

FINAL LEADERBOARD:
-18 D Vancsik (Arg)
-11 D Frost (SA), S Luna (Spa)
-9 E Little (Sco), M Vibe-Hastrup (Den), C Cevaer (Fra)
Selected others:
-6 S Little (Eng)
-4 B Dredge (Wal)
-2 J Van de Velde (Fra)

Daniel Vancsik became the fourth first-time winner on the European Tour this month as he completed a dominant victory at the Madeira Islands Open.

The Argentine mixed seven birdies with three bogeys to finish on 18 under par, seven shots clear of his rivals.

South African David Frost and Spain's Santiago Luna shared second, with Scot Euan Little finishing joint fourth.

Vancsik's win sees him join Anton Haig, Liang Wen-chong and Chapchai Nirat as surprise winners on the tour in March.

The 30-year-old from Posadas is in his second full season on the main European circuit after impressing on the Challenge Tour.

It was a surprise to me to play so well this week

Daniel Vancsik

But his performance in Madeira signals a vast improvement on what has gone before as he missed 15 of 25 cuts in 2006 and four of seven in 2007. The victory at the Santo da Serra course is his first European Tour top-10 finish.

Vancsik credited fellow Argentine players Vicente Fernandez, Angel Cabrera and Ricardo Gonzalez for helping inspire his victory.

"Angel has been texting me every day to advise me," revealed Vancsik.

"He and Ricardo had told me all about the course and staying patient, which helped me a lot. But it was a surprise to me to play so well this week."

Welshman Bradley Dredge and England's Kenneth Ferrie, who make their Masters debuts in 11 days, were 16th and 65th respectively, while defending champion Jean Van de Velde was 32nd.

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