Portugal Masters. David Lynn Delighted With Win.

David Lynn was delighted with his win the Portugal Masters at the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course.

David Lynn  (Getty Images)

David Lynn / Getty Images

David came from six shots back at the beginning of play to snatch victory at  the Portugal Masters by one shot. A fantastic last round of -8 under par 63 gave David a tournament total of -18 under par. He actually thought on Saturday that his poor round of +2 over par 73 had taken him out of the competition;

” I was really disappointed when I walked off the course yesterday, I just didn’t hole any putts and made seven at 17 and thought maybe I had played myself out of it. Today was just a case of I’ve got to go out there and make as many birdies as I can. I must admit I was thinking of Scott Jamieson’s 60. If I could do something like that, who knows? The wind was up quite a bit today so eight under is a really good score.
I really caught fire on the front nine, I was making everything I looked at, although I hit it to one foot at the first which got me off to a really good start. After that I made a couple of great putts for par to keep the momentum going and then I was making the birdie putts.”

Justin Walters  was in second place at -17 under par, his final round of -5 under par 66. Justin holed a 40 foot par putt on the last hole to claim outright second on -17 under par, which secured his card for next season. It has been an emotional time for Justin, he was in tears at the end, the joy of keeping his card, and the pain of  the death of his mother two weeks ago;

“I don’t know if I can talk much right now. Coming into the week I really didn’t have any goals or ambitions, I just wanted to play and honor my mum and make her proud. The putts kept dropping and I kept hitting some decent shots and the last one at the end, she made it for sure. It was probably the best moment of my career. It was so cool because I had a lot on the line. I hadn’t looked at a leaderboard all day so didn’t know where I stood in terms of keeping my card and for it to go in on the last, all the emotions hit me. 
I don’t think I have the words for it just yet. Maybe after a drink with my dad who is here with me we can fully take it all in, but at first glance I don’t know how I did it. I am super proud and so happy I could honor my mum. That feels the best for me right now.”

Three players tied for third place at -16 under par, Stephen Gallacher, Bernd Wiesberger and Paul Waring.

Paul held a two shot lead going into the final round but saw his hopes disappear with a double-bogey five on the 16th and unfortunately could not improve on his third round total, finishing with an even par round. His maiden European Tour win will have to wait.

Portugal Masters. Waring In Position To Win.

Paul Waring has put himself in position to win his maiden European Tour victory at the Portugal Masters.

Paul Waring   (Getty Images)

Paul Waring / Getty Images

Paul Waring has a two shot lead going into the final round of the Portugal Masters after carding a -4 under par third round of 67, for a -16 under par total.

Paul has been playing on a medical exemption said things got really good on the back nine;

“It was very good towards the end of the round. I started a bit poorly and didn’t quite hit it close enough but holed some nice putts towards the end of the day. I feel pretty good, two ahead, so we will see what happens tomorrow. You don’t know what’s going to happen with the other lads, what anyone else is going to score. You can’t control those sorts of things.All I can do is control what I can control and add them up at the end of the day and see what happens.”

One of four players sharing second place at -14 under par is Scott Jamieson who came agonizingly close to shooting a 59 on the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course. The ball grazed the edge of the hole at the last and Scott had to settle for the 18th round of 60 on the European Tour. Scott only made the cut by one shot at the half way stage. He spoke about his round, and the missed opportunity;

I said to Richard (his caddie) playing 17 I really want to make a birdie here so we have a chance of it going down the last and I could not have asked to hit a better shot in. It pitched just short of the hole, what a chip as well. When I birdied the 13th I said to Richard then ‘A few more and we could be part of history’. I was definitely nervous but thinking about it from the tournament point of view the leaders are going to be a minimum of 16, 17 maybe 18 under going into tomorrow so that kept me going from a pushing point of view. I felt like I have been playing well for a while, a few good rounds in there. Yesterday I didn’t necessarily play poorly, just didn’t score well so it was nice today.”

Tied with Scott in second spot are, Hennie Otto, Simon Thornton and Jamie Donaldson, and seeing the way this course is playing even those players on -13 under par could shoot a low round tomorrow and contest this tournament. Players at -13 include Alvaro Quiros, Chris Doak, and Pablo Larrazâbal.

I wish good luck for Paul Waring in his quest for his maiden victory.


Portugal Masters. Three Tied At The Top.

There are now three players tied at the top of the leaderboard in the Portugal Masters at the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course,

David Lynn   (Getty Images)

David Lynn / Getty Images

David Lynn is one of the three players at the top of the leaderboard on -12 under par at the conclusion of the second round of the Portugal Masters. David repeated his first round score of -6 under par, 65, only this time he was bogey free and included an Eagle at  the par 5 twelfth hole. He is also the only player from the top seven from the first round who shared the lead, to stay at the top.

David said it felt good to repeat the back to back 65’s;

“It was really good to follow up a round of 65, I caught fire early on the back nine, sharing the lead on twelve under, so all in all really good. I’m trying to get back into the top 50. to try and get a Masters invite again next year.”

Sharing the top spot with David on -12 under par are Paul Waring and Hennie Otto. Playing in the same group Paul and Hennie recorded 14 birdies and one Eagle between them. Paul carded a flawless -8 under par 63 and Hennie collected one bogey in his -7 under par 64.

Paul enjoyed the beautiful weather;

“I think the lovely weather’s had a bit of a hand in it. I played nice, kept control of my golf ball well, hit it close a few times and holed a few putts. I’ve been playing better for the last few months. I lost by one in Valencia, two in Gleneagles, been knocking on the door a few times so it’s nice to keep myself in contention week on week. If I can get into one of these big four events (the inaugural Final Series) at the end of the season that would be great. I am not going to put too much pressure on myself, I’ve had a medical exemption all year so it’s nice to get back into a proper category for next year.”

Hennie said it had been a tough time getting inside the top 110 qualifying mark for The Race To Dubai, he is now in 97th place;

” It’s been a tough last four months for me and my family so I’ve worked hard on my game and it’s about time it kicked through.”

Bernd Wiesberger and Chris Doak are tied in fourth place, just one shot back at -11 under par, and both players are still bogey free.

Chris was happy to be bogey free;

“I’m very pleased, especially bogey-free for two rounds, anybody will take that. It’s a job well done. The mind tends to race so I am just trying to relax and when you are you relaxed you can execute the shots properly and that’s what I have done the last two days.”

Justin Walters and Alvaro Quiros are a further shot back at -10 under par.

It is still a very tightly compacted leaderboard, tomorrow is moving day, we will see if anyone can break free of the pack.

It’s Seven Up at the Portugal Masters.

There are seven players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Portugal Masters on the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course.

Alvaro Quiros   (Getty Images)

Alvaro Quiros / Getty Images

Alvaro, who now lives in Portugal, recovered from two early bogeys at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course to storm home in 29 strokes and share the lead at the Portugal Masters with a  -6 under par 65 opening round.  Felipe Aguilar, Jamie Donaldson, David Lynn, Max Kieffer, Graeme Storm and Simon Thornton also carded -6 under par 65’s. Spaniard Alvaro won every year on The European Tour from 2006-2011, including this event in 2008. He then underwent surgery for a wrist problem, and has missed five months of golf.

Alvaro is one of the game’s longest hitters, and said it was a good recovery from his poor start;

“It was a good fight after being two over after five holes, I was putting beautifully and that was the key. This is my second home tournament and now that I’m living here I have to consider Portugal home. It’s always good, this event has been special since I’ve been coming here.” 

Of the seven players at the top only Max Kieffer had a bogey free round, and he also managed to throw in an Eagle as well, at the par 5 twelfth hole.

Max is  in contention for the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award, and reported he had played well again;

” It was a good round today, it was good fun, I played really good. I had so many shots close and there were a lot of good putts that didn’t go in. I’m surprised nobody shot really low.” 

Seve Trophy  team-mates Jaime Donaldson and David Lynn swiftly banished any disappointment from Great Britain & Ireland’s 15-13 points loss to Continental Europe.

Jamie had got to -7 under par before three-putting the eighth, for his only bogey of the day,

“It was good playing under tough competitive conditions so it’s nice to play well and just bring it on to this week. Those team events were fantastic, we had great fun all week.”

 David managed to pick up three shots over his last five holes. He talked about the Seve Trophy, team games, ailments and the need to improve in The Race To Dubai;

” I keep taking medication but a 65 cures any ailments, if I don’t pull my finger out this week I’m not going to make The Race to Dubai.”

Irishman Simon Thornton, who won earlier this year at Saint Omer, said he had played lovely;

“I played lovely, it’s always nice to get off to a good start, I hit it straight off the tee and had lots of chances. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been playing much more consistently.”

In a tightly packed leaderboard there are then nine players tied at -5 under par, it looks like this is going to be a fiercely contested tournament.

Euro Tour, BMW Masters, China


Peter Hanson  (Getty Images)

Peter Hanson/ Getty Images

Peter Hanson has the second round lead in the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China, after shooting -8 under par 64 to secure the top spot at -14 under par for the tournament. Peter is two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy who surprisingly has not won a regular European Tour event since last year’s Hong Kong Open. Rory shot a second round -7 under par 65, but it was not enough to catch Ryder Cup teammate Peter, who unfortunately started the day with a bogey at the first;

It’s amazing how many good rounds come together after a bogey on the first. It’s pretty soft so you can see yourself shooting some low scores here. I’m happy with the way I played so far and I know it’s going to be a tough one coming up against the World Number One these last couple of days on a golf course he obviously loves.  He won here last year.” 

Rory was pleased he played better today than he did in the first round, the U.S. PGA Champion said;

It was a very good day, I played very well , a little better than I did yesterday. I hit the ball a lot better, and gave myself plenty of opportunities. When I did need to make a par putt here or there, I was able to save those, and overall it was just a very good round of golf and obviously in a great position going into the weekend.” 

Yesterday’s first round leader Jamie Donaldson could not repeat anything like his brilliant first round 62, slipping to a +2 over par 74 in the second round, and is now six shots behind the leader. Jose Maria Olazabal also struggled to a second round of 72, plunging from fourth position to twenty-first.

Robert Karlsson is in third spot with a second round -8 under par 64, and a tournament total of -9 under par, five shots from the top. There are four players on -8 under par, with Justin Rose are Shane Lowery, winner of the Portugal Masters two weeks ago, Noren Alexander and first round leader Jamie Donaldson.

Luke Donald had a better second round, a -5 under par 67, to move into a tie for eighth place, with a posse of seven other players, which includes other Ryder Cup players Martin Kaymer and Nicolas Colsaerts. Luke will need a really good third round if he is to contest this title. It has been another tournament where Luke has started slowly, he has made a bad habit of that this year.

European Tour, Portugal Masters, Shane Lowery Wins

Lowry evades Fisher to net Portugal Masters

Shane Lowry /EuropeanTour

Shane Lowry beat England’s Ross Fisher by one shot at the Portugal Masters after a thrilling final day in Vilamoura and became another golfer to win his maiden tour event this year, as a professional. His previous victory on Tour earned him nothing because of his amateur status. Shane had a last round of -5 under par, 66 to finish with a winning tournament total of  -14 under par,  and a cheque for €375,000 in addition to the trophy.

Shane said he was over the moon with his win;

“I cannot believe this, I can’t explain how I feel really. It’s a dream come true, I’m over the moon. Everyone was referring to me as the fella who won the Irish Open as an amateur, but now I’ve won such a prestigious event I don’t know what to say. It was like playing in Ireland, it was crazy, it was great.

Ross Fisher, of England, had a short putt  on the 18th to force a play-of, but the sad effort lipped out, leaving Shane victorious, and Ross one shot back on -13 under par, with a mediocre  last round of -1 under par 70.

Alone in third place, “Welcome Back Michael Campbell”,  Michael finished the tournament at -12 under par. The Kiwi was the  2005 US Open Champion, and then suddenly encountered a serious loss of form since he beat Tiger Woods at Pinehurst. Michael even fell outside the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 1,300 at one point, and only two seasons ago had made just one cut in his 19 starts. This was Michael’s best finish in four years, amazingly the last time he had four rounds in the 60’s was nine years ago. Nice to see you in contention again Michael.

Michael Campbell

Kiwi Michael Campbell/European tour