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 Bjerregaard / getty

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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Portugal Masters. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard after the first round at  the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in PortugalJoost Luiten, Holland, and George Coetzee, South Africa, share the honor.

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Joost Luiten / getty

Joost, bogey free, and George, with one bogey, both carded -7 under par 64 to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard.

Joost was happy to be bogey free;

“I’m very happy, seven under, no bogeys, seven birdies, that’s what you want every day.” 

“I was struggling a little bit with the old driver and a new Taylor Made driver in the bag now, slightly bigger head, slightly more forgiving and especially when it will be windy conditions that will really help.”

“I knew my game wasn’t far off and the good thing about golf is there’s always next week and this week it feels nice and hopefully we can keep it going.”

George started the day with a 59 on his mind;

“I read an article yesterday about 59-watch and after eight holes I was thinking. okay, if I birdie the next one and the next one and the next one.”

“I guess I shot myself in the foot a little bit today but I was quite happy with the way things went.”

“I’ve always played well around this track, posted some good finishes and I really enjoy the golf course, it suits my eye pretty well and luckily today it did that again.”

Tied in second place at -6 under par are six players;  Nino Bertasio, Italy. Grégory Havret, France,  Jason Scrivener,  Australia,  Callum Shinkwin, England and Ashun Wu from China, all with rounds of 65.

The defending Champion here, Padraig Harrington signed for an opening round of -4 under 67, and is in the large group at 16th for the tournament.

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Portugal Masters. Padraig Harrington Wins.

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Padraig Harrington wins the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Padraig Harrington /getty

Padraig fired a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Portugal Masters by one shot, with a -23 under par total;

“It’s a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I’ve been coming here for ten years so I’ve always liked it down here. I’ve always liked coming down to Portugal.”

“There’s so many Irish people here. It always felt like a home away from home, so it’s really nice to win the tournament.”

“I haven’t won yet this year, so I know the year is nearly done, it’s always important to get a win every year, a winning year.”

“I tried to be really aggressive. The golf course suited me and I just tried to go after every pin I could and make birdies.”

“I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week. No matter where I hit it, I felt like I could get it up and down.”

Defending champion Andy Sullivan was in second place, he too shot -6 under 65 in the last round, but he was just one shot back at -22 under for the tournament.

Mikko Korhonen, -3 under 68 today, and Anders Hansen -3 under 68 both shared third place with -21 under par total.

Portugal Masters. Two tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at  at Victoria Clube de Golfe. Anders Hansen and Mikko Korhonen have a one shot lead over the field.

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Anders & Mikko / getty

Anders shot -9 under 62 in the third round of the Portugal Masters, which took him to the top f the leaderboard at -18 under for the tournament. Mikko had a third round -7 under 64 to give him the same total, and a share of the lead.

Anders had retired from golf, but is happy to be a part timer;

“I didn’t really have a strategy, just go out and play and just try to enjoy it and hit good shots and it turned out alright.”

“When I decided to retire it was a full retirement and then the top 40 came in and I didn’t really know so I had to play five this year and that’s why I’ve been doing this.”

“I’m very, very happy with my life. I’m very happy where I am and there is no re-think about starting playing golf again, I’m very happy the way it is.”

“It probably helps a little bit because it doesn’t really matter to me either way, it is what it is.”

“I’m not going to come back and play full-time, that decision has been made so I’m just enjoying being here.”

“It’s nice to know that I can still do it, even though I’m not playing too much golf anymore. It’s a strange feeling to go out and shoot nine under in my position, it really is.”

Mikko is not thinking about what could happen, he is happy about some good putting;

“I just go one day at a time, one shot if I can, and try not to think about it.”

“Of course it’s in the mind but I do not think about it too much.”

“It was great. I played solid, putted well. Nothing special but a really good round.”

“So far, so good but tomorrow to go, so we’ll see.”

Chasing the leaders down in third place is Major winner Padraig Harrington, who carded -4 under par 67 today, for a -17 under total.

Chris Paisley, -6 under 65 today, Major winner Paul Lawrie,-6 under 65, and Andy Sullivan -2 under par 69, share fourth place at -16 under.

 

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 Sullivan / getty

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.