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