Sport - Golf - Adilson Da Silva
Adilson da Silva, 2023 WCM Legends Open de France hosted by Jean Van de Velde champion Image Credit: Supplied

Adilson da Silva shot a final round 68 to claim his third Legends Tour title of the season at he WCM Legends Open de France.

The 51-year-old from Brazil started the day with a one-shot lead at Golf de Saint-Cloud in Paris, and immediately made his intentions clear from the off with two birdies in his first three holes.

But three bogeys in the following five holes dropped him back into a tie for the lead with Greg Owen and the chasing pack.

The Englishman was one under for the day thru 12 holes, but a quadruple bogey on the par three 13th ended his chances as he closed for a 76 and a tie for seventh.

Two-time DP World Tour winner Michael Jonzon was da Silva’s closest challenger down the stretch. As the Swede got to within one of da Silva after a flurry of birdies. But the Brazilian respnoded with birdies 14 and 17 to give himself a two-shot cushion coming up the 18th. And with Jonzon dropping a shot on the last, it allowed the Brazilian to seal a three-shot victory in Paris and professional win number 17 on his global CV.

It feels incredible

“It’s amazing,” said da Silva. “Especially today after I had a three putt and started to make a few mistakes that I hadn’t done in the first couple of rounds. It was up and down a lot. It was hard to stay in the present on the back nine, but somehow I managed it, and it feels incredible.

The win moves Adilson up to 4th on the MCB Road to Mauritius making it a tense end to the season race, still topped by Peter Baker the only other player to have won three times this season.

“It’s my dream to win the MCB Road to Mauritius,” da Silva added. “Winning the Barry Lane Rookie of the Year last year was special, and to be in with a chance to win the Order of Merit is insane.”

Dubai-based Jeev Milka Singh didn't compete this week, he sits in ninth on the order of merit.

The next tournament is the WINSTONgolf Senior Open in Germany from September 15th-17th.