Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Wins Maiden European Tour title

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Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, wins his Maiden European Tour title at the Portugal Masters, at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Portugal.

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Lucas breezed to his Maiden win at the Portugal Masters with a final round -6 under 65 to post a winning score of -20 under par, a four shot victory; 

“I’ve been in this position a couple of times before so to finally come through and get my first win feels really good.”

Today is up there with one of my best rounds.”

“Not so much the six under around here, I’ve done that before, but under the pressure some of the shots I hit.”

“The two shots I hit on 17 are some of the best I’ve hit in a long time.” 

“I felt like it was my time to go out and grab it and not wait for someone to hand it to me.”

Marc Warren from Scotland claimed second place at -16 under par, with a last round of -4 under 67.

Eddie Pepperell, England, -4 under par 67 today and Graeme Storm, -3 under 68, also from England shared third place, another shot back at -15 under par.

Best placed local players were tied in fifth place at -14 under par; Ricardo Gouveia, -6 under par 65 today, and José-Felipe, -4 under 67.

Ricardo suddenly started to putt really well;

“It was an amazing day for me, in front of home crowds as well. On the last day, on a Sunday, it was really, really nice.”

“I played a lot better today. I knew I had good chances, good opportunities on the back nine. I just stayed patient.”

“I rolled a good putt on 11, a good putt on 12, and all of the sudden, I started believing that I could get close to the leaders.”

“Overall, I’m really happy with the week.”

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Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads

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Lucas Bjerregaard, from Denmark, leads the Portugal Masters after 54 holes at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, in Portugal.

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Lucas carded -3 under par 68 in the third round to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard at -14 under par for the tournament.

Lucas is looking for his first European Tour victory;

“It feels good, it’s been a rough year for me so to be in contention again feels really good.”

“I played well in Switzerland two weeks ago and I’ve been seeing my game go in the right direction the last month or so, so to be in contention is great.”

“I’m in a place where I’m still building confidence but it feels good.”

“This is what we play for, this is where I want to be. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

George Coetzee, South Africa, at -13 under par is close behind, he scored -4 under 67 today;

“It’s amazing. Today was probably the best day of the lot and also the most frustrating.”

“I feel like I’ve left a lot of shots out there.”

“it should be fun playing with a bit of pressure and I’m looking forward to it. I’m feeling good, I’ve kind of got a game-plan for everything.”

“You never know what golf can throw at you but I’m just doing the stuff I want to do.”

Three players are tied in third place at -12 under par, Bertasio Nino, Italy, even par 71 today, Eddie Pepperell, England, -3 under 68 and Marc Warren, Scotland, -1 under 70.

Eddie is looking for a good round tomorrow;

“Today was trickier, definitely conditions were pretty windy and some pins were tucked and the greens were not ideal and it was not easy so I was happy.”

“Tomorrow will be no different for me and if I can do that then I believe, the way I’m playing, I can go out there and shoot 66, 67 and that might be god enough.”

“It’s all in my hands, really, I’ve just got to go and do it.”

Marc was happy to be under par on the day, with a good putt on the last;

“The putt on the last from about 20 feet was the best chance I had on the back nine so overall pretty pleased to get off under par.”

Bertasio had problems putting in the wind;

“I didn’t make any putts at the beginning, pretty much all day. I think it just shows how tricky it was this afternoon with the wind.”

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Portugal Masters. Bertasio Nino of Italy Leads.

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Bertasio Nino of Italy has the half-way lead in the Portugal Masters  at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

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Bertasio Nino

Bertasio signed for a bogey free second round -6 under par 65 to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard after the 36 holes, at -12 under par;

“I’m feeling good, the game’s really good. I had a bogey-free round today and it was very easy golf.”

“I just missed one green and I chipped it to one foot so I never really struggled to make pars and had a lot of looks at birdies and I made some and missed some so it was a very easy six under.”

“I’m really playing well, I’m hitting the ball well. It’s a very good golf course if you’re playing well because if you hit it well you’re going to do well.”

“I’m really happy with what me and (caddie) Rich are doing out there and we’re both looking forward to the weekend.”

Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, with a bogey free -6 under 65 today and Marc Warren of Scotland, -7 under 64, bogey free, share second place at -11 under par.

Defending Champion Padraig Harrington, Ireland, is four shots back at -8 under following his second round of -4 under par 67, and is in a good position going into the weekend to make a challenge.

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Made in Denmark. Steve Webster Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Steve Webster, of England, has the 36 hole Made in Denmark lead at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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ENG Steve shot a second round -1 under par 70, in very windy conditions, to retain his hold on the top spot at the Made in Denmark tournament, with a – 8 under par total.

Steve is thinking of his Nan, who has been unwell this week;

“I have to be honest and say I haven’t been thinking too much about the golf this week.”

“My mind has really been thinking about my Nan back home because she had a nasty fall at the weekend.”

“Thankfully she is making a recovery and maybe taking my mind away from the golf has been a good thing.”

“It was very tough out there today. It was gusting to thirty miles per hour and was mostly a cross-wind off the left which is very difficult to play in.”

“But I played well and was very patient, anything under par today feels like a 65 yesterday so I’m very happy.

“I’m looking forward to the weekend, I am swinging it well and just need to stick to the boring stuff of one shot at a time.”

Four players then share second place at -7 under par, ENG David Horsey, England, -4 under 67 today, IND S.S.P. Chawrasia, India, -3 under 68, SCO Marc Warren, Scotland, with a magnificent -7 under 64, and IRL Paul Dunne, Ireland with a second round -3 under 68.

Pleased to report that home favorite  Thomas Bjørn, playing in his 500th European Tour event, shot -3 under 68 today, to make the cut.

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Maybank Championship. Marc Warren Leads.

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Marc Warren leads after the first round of the Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

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Marc carded -9 under par 63 in the first round of the Maybank Championship, to lead the field by two shots;

“Obviously it was good today, it was a good tee-time nice and early before the wind picks up.”

“I got off to a really nice start, six under for the first nine holes. Once the wind picked up on the back nine it was just a case of staying solid and hitting the greens.”

“More of the same tomorrow. My iron play was very good today and recently I have been making a lot of birdies but a lot of mistakes as well. It was nice to get around without a bogey.”

“Last week I made 11 birdies in two days and missed the cut so it’s just a matter of trying to keep the positive stuff going, making the birdies, and cutting out the slack stuff which was good today.”

In second place is  Phachara Khongwatmai, from Thailand, at -7 under par.

Tied in third position are Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett, Peter Uihlein and local favourite Arie Irawan, all at -6 under par.

Danny had a good day, also with an early start;

“It was good, it’s always nice to get out early when you’re in Malaysia.”

“It was still roasting hot this morning but the wind stays calm for the first hour or so and allows you to get some shots in there nice and close.”

“The wind picked up a bit towards the end and it plays a little trickier around here.”

Portugal Masters. Two at the Top

 

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There are two players at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard, Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan,  at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Andy carded -10 under par 61 on day two of the Portugal Masters, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Marc, who had -6 under par 65, both players on-14 under par for the 36 holes.

Andy had been suffering with a cold putter of late, but not today;

“I knew I needed to go low today to get a beat on the leaders.”

“So to go out there and shoot that score is absolutely fantastic. I had thoughts of 59 coming down the stretch there, but it wasn’t to be.”

“It’s fantastic being on top of the leaderboard and giving myself a chance going into the weekend. The game’s felt good for a long time.”

“The putter’s just been a bit cold and today I just holed a couple of good putts out there just to get the momentum going. It only takes a couple of putts to go in and you start seeing it go in all the time.”

“More of the same for me. I know last year, I was aggressive the whole way around and I know I’ve got to be aggressive again.”

Marc was happy to be still in contention;

“I’m really pleased, it’s always tough to follow up a really good score like yesterday.”

“It was good, I tried to stay as patient as I possibly could out there and nice to finish with a three at the last.”

“I had a good finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, I feel as if a bit of pressure has come off and I can look forward and try to qualify for some events at the end of the year.”

“It’s a much nicer place to be playing your golf, as opposed to looking backwards all the time.”

Jens Fahbring, -7 under 64 today and Major winner Padraig Harrington, -8 under 63 are tied in third place at -13 under par, just one shot back.

Padraig had nine birdies, one bogey, with the round highlighted by a bladed chip-in on the 11th hole  and a 42-foot putt on the 16th green.

Portugal Masters. Marc Warren Leads.

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Marc Warren has the first round lead in the Portugal Masters at  at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Marc shot a Portugal Masters first round -8 under par 63 to lead a compacted leaderboard by one shot.

Marc made six birdies in row at the start of his round, which also included a bogey;

“I think I’ve had six or seven in a row but never at the start of the round.”

“It’s an absolutely perfect start. Everything was going right for me, just the right numbers and landing it close and a couple of tap-ins. It was a great start.”

“You really have to control your expectations I think more than anything else. You kind of want to just keep hitting it close and making birdies and realise golf is not that easy.”

“There are going to be a few holes you’re going to have to dig in and overall I was pleased to keep moving forward on the back nine and come back in two under.”

There are five players tied in second place, that one shot back at -7 under par, Eddie PepperellMatthew Baldwin, Callum Shinkwin,  Mikko Kornhonen and David Lipsky.

Eddie is fighting to keep his Tour card, but for the moment he is just enjoying playing golf;

“If I miss the cut this week and bad things happen, I feel like it wouldn’t be a career-defining moment for me whether I lost my card or keep my card.”

“For me it’s getting in the frame of mind, the way I feel like I’m swinging it, I want to go out and win this golf tournament.”

“I want to get to Dubai. I’ve played those events the last two years, so that’s got to be my focus the way I’m playing.”

“If I play well enough, I feel like I give myself a shot at winning and that’s all I can do. Whether I’m 120 on the list or ten, I feel like if I play well, I can win. I’ve just got to make that happen.”

“There’s relief just to be playing decent golf and actually enjoying it. I’ve been very frustrated with the game because I’ve been playing so poorly and I think any of us out here would tell you that.”