A thrilling birdie on the first hole of a play-off gave Dan Aldridge victory over Denmark’s Lasse Jensen in the latest tournament of the inaugural Gecko Winter Pro Tour at La Cañada in Cádiz.

Twenty-three-year old Aldridge picked up €3,000 for the victory, his first of the season.

Aldridge went from a complete beginner to a +2 handicap in just five years and turned pro four years ago.

“If the Tour [Gecko Tour] didn’t exist I would have no winter competition and I would still be working in an office.

“I’m preparing for the Euro Pro Tour Q-school in April and this Tour gives me great competition. I intend to play all the remaining events.

“The top three in the order of merit also get their entry fees paid for the Q-school of the main European Tour.

“It’s a great incentive and a platform to launch the next stage in my career. The prize money is good and it’s nice to know you are playing for a guaranteed first prize of €3,000 every week.”

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Meanwhile, there was some consolation for Jensen who triumphed in a play-off the previous week at Finca Cortesín.

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