Portugal Masters. Levy Lifts The Trophy.

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Alexander Levy lifts the Portugal Masters trophy at the wet and soggy Oceånico Victoria Golf Club, in a tournament reduced to 36 holes.

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Another deluge on Sunday left parts of the  Oceånico Victoria golf course unplayable shortly after the final group had teed off at 1pm, the decision was then taken a couple of hours later to call the result at 36 holes.
Tournament Director José Maria Zamora announced;

The forecast for the final round was fine, but after two unexpected very heavy downpours on a course already saturated, it would have taken several hours to make it playable again.

“Over the course of the week we had 75mm of rain, and 12mm this afternoon, and unfortunately we had to curtail the tournament after 36 holes despite the tireless work of the greenkeeping staff.”

Alexander was declared the winner with his 36 hole total of -18 under par, with his rounds of 63 and 61. He was delighted, and amazed that he only played four shots on the weekend, and won the tournament;

It feels very special, if at the start of the year you had said I would win two tournaments I would say ‘never!’ to you.”

“It’s a very nice feeling and I’m very happy. I work hard on this game and I think I played a good game this week.”

“I played only four shots at the weekend and I won the tournament, but the most important thing is I have the trophy in my hand.”

“It’s special, because you are only on 36 holes, but after Friday night I knew I would only play 54. But it’s a special feeling at this time.”

“I don’t realise a lot because I was focused to play this last round and try my best to win this tournament.”

Nicolas Colsaerts was in second place at -15 under par, while  Felipe Aguilar was third on -13 under par, with Richard Bland, Morten Ørum Madsen and Romain Wattel tied for fourth on -12 under.

Portugal Masters. Levy Leads.

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Alexander Levy still leads the Portugal Masters in the weather affected tournament at Oceånico Victoria Golf Club.

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Alexander will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow, in this 54 hole Portugal Masters tournament. His -10 under par 61 second round could not be matched, and he posted a clubhouse total of -18 under par, as the remaining players concluded their second rounds rounds today.

Nicolas Colsaerts is in second place at -15 under par, and is hoping to go low tomorrow, otherwise its all over;

“It’s always difficult to follow a really low score, but I’m quite happy with the way I played on the back nine coming in.” 

“I got to the golf course yesterday at 7am and left at 7.30pm, so it was a pretty long day. Luckily I’m staying on site so you have the option of going back to the room. I didn’t really do that too much yesterday though.”

“I’ll probably make up for yesterday and spend all day in my room. I’ll maybe practise a little bit later on and just keep loose. Most of the day will be spent nice and cosy and relaxing.”

“As I showed yesterday and today, if you get off rhythm a little bit and you don’t fully take advantage of the course, others will make up ground. Sunday will unfold and we will see what happens.”

Chile’s Felipe Aguilar is alone in third position on -13 under par, these two are the only players with a chance to catch the leader.

Portugal Masters. Play Suspended in Second Round.

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Play was once again suspended in the Portugal Masters, halting the second round at the Oceånico Victoria Golf Club.

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Alexander Levy was leading the tournament at the close of play, carding -10 under par 61, following another rain delay, he is currently on top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard at -18 under par.

Nicolas Colsaerts is in second place, having completed 16 holes of his second round and has a tournament total of -15 under par.

Tied in third position are Richard Bland and Michael Hoey, both on -10 under par. Richard has completed 15 second round holes and Michael just 12.

The tournament has been reduced to 54 holes, with the second round to be completed on Saturday and the third and final round to be played on Sunday.

Portugal Masters. Colsaerts Close to a 59.

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Nicolas Colsaerts  watched a 20 foot birdie putt slip agonisingly just past the left-hand lip at the 18th hole, to fall short of the elusive feat by a single shot at the Portugal Masters on the European Tour.

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Nicolas finished his day on top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard at -11 under par after carding his first round 60 at  the Oceånico Victoria Golf Club. No player has ever broken 60 in the 42-year history of The European Tour, he told reporters of his mindset as he came down the stretch;

“When I made eagle on 15,  I knew then that if I birdied the last three, that would have been 59. So I parred 16 and then walking down the fairway on 16, I tell Brian, after I hit a good drive; I was like, It’s 59 or nothing.”

“Hit a good drive. It’s too bad it (the putt) just shaves the edge.I thought it was going to be slightly left to right at the end and it kind of went straight and basically just left it hanging.”

“Too bad, I thought it was a pretty good effort, especially with these dark clouds that we saw at the back. It’s a great setting.”

Tied in second place are Scott Jamieson and Alexander Levy, three shots back at -8 under par their opening rounds of 63.

Scott scored five birdies in his opening seven holes, but then slowed down, but his new putter worked well;

“It’s a similar style putter, something different to look at. I feel like I’ve been playing really well for the last three months. I had a few top tens a couple months back, and hopefully, this will be the week that I can sort of capitalise on it because I feel tee to green, everything’s been very good.”

The weather forced play to be called off for the day shortly after Nicolas left the 18th green, with the players set to resume at 8.15 am tomorrow morning, some players are only half way through their first rounds.

 

Portugal Masters. David Lynn Delighted With Win.

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

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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.

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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,

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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.