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Rookie Serb takes long-drive honours at Quinta Do Peru

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Outsider Ilija Djurdjevic stunned the field to win the Portuguese LDET Championship - the ninth stop of the Long Drivers European Tour - held at Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club, managed by ORIZONTE - Lisbon Golf.

 The 26-year-old Serb beat off the challenge of the number-one ranked Maurice Allen in the final - the second successive occasion in which the American has fallen at the last hurdle. However, Allen retains his number-one spot in the ranking as the tour heads off to New Zealand for its grand final - at Remuera Golf Club, Auckland, on November 5-6 - as Swede Emil Rosberg failed to make it past the last eight in Portugal.

And Djurdjevic claimed the last spot in November's grand final - where the 2016 European Long Drive champion will be crowned - sneaking into eighth place in the ranking, a position that a runner-up spot would not have earned him.

Allen struck the biggest drive of the day - all of which were played into strong headwinds - at 349 yards, but couldn't better Djurdjevic in either of the two sets in the final, falling to drives of 328 and 330 yards.

A 30-minute drive from Lisbon and framed by the Arrábida Natural Park, Quinta do Peru was designed by Rocky Roquemore and is rated in the Top 100 courses in Continental Europe in the prestigious Golf World magazine ranking.

Opened in 1994, the parkland layout meanders through verdant pines and provides a 6,640-yard test, with astute bunkering and true-rolling, quick greens offering a good examination of any putting stroke.

ORIZONTE - Lisbon Golf offers the chance to play six of the leading courses in close proximity to Portugal's capital in the beautiful Costa Azul region together with exceptional value for money on a wide range of accommodation options.

Included among its courses are Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club, Ribagolfe - a host of the European Tour Qualifying School since 2009 - and Aroeira, twice the venue for the Portuguese Open and recently included among Europe's Top 100 Courses.