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 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 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 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.”

Portugal Masters. Andy Sullivan Seals The Win

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Andy Sullivan claimed a wonderful wire to wire win at the Portugal Masters in a two-hour delayed shot-gun start at Oceånico Victoria Golf Club.

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Andy carded a bogey free-5 under par 66 to win his third European Tour title this season at the Portugal Masters with a -23 under par total, and a massive nine shots annihilation of the field.

Andy said his two previous wins were good, but this was even better;

“Apprehensive to start, I was a little bit edgy and I think that putt on four really settled me down and from there onwards I just felt really comfortable all the way round.” 

“I didn’t really feel like I took that many risks until the end there and I just thought I’d play within myself and let them try and catch me.

“I’m not going to make any mistakes, and I didn’t today.”

“Bogey free is unbelievable, it’s just what I wanted to do and it’s just incredible.”

“Those two wins in South Africa were unbelievable but to show your peers that you can do it in Europe as well is unbelievable and to do it in front of so many people from my home golf club.”

“My mum and dad are here and it’s been incredible.”

Andy’s win, which blew away the record winning margin at the event which had been Alexander Levy’s three shot victory last year, has also  moved him into the top 50 of the World Rankings.

Those nine shots back in second place was Chris Wood, who partnered Andy today, Chris had a final round -3 under par 68, for a -14 under par total.

Anthony Wall made it three Englishmen in the top three, he shared third place with  Eduardo de la Riva and Trevor Fisher Jnr, all on -13 under par.

 

Portugal Masters. Andy Has Five Shot Lead.

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Andy Sullivan has a five shot lead at the top of the  Portugal Masters leaderboard at the conclusion of 54 holes at  Oceånico Victoria Golf Club. 

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Andy is close to gaining his third European Tour victory here at the Portugal Masters, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow. A shot-gun start third round did not affect his play, scoring -4 under par 67 in the windy conditions, but thankfully the forecasted rain did not materialist.

Andy mentioned the weather, and his good putting;

“I’m just playing really good golf at the moment and just hung in there early doors and managed to knock a few good putts in early.”

“And I just kept that going throughout the round and ended up finishing  four under for the day, which is awesome in that horrible weather out there.”

“I thought I handled myself well. I didn’t really feel like I’d done much wrong out there today.”

“I think every part of my game is in good touch, and I didn’t really ever leave myself too much to do.”

“More of the same tomorrow, more of the same hopefully. Just go out there and do my thing, and hopefully come in and sign for a good score again.”

“Just go out there and do my thing like I have been, and take it shot by shot and see what happens.”

Eduardo de la Riva occupies second place, those five shots back, a -3 under par 68 not enough to make a dent in the gap between himself and the leader, he is now at -13 under for the tournament.

Chris Wood, who had a bogey free round of the day at -6 under par 65, and  Jorge Campillo -4 under 67, share third place at -11 under par.

Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Pieters  are tied in fifth at -10 under, but really have no chance of catching the leader.

 

Portugal Masters, Andy In Control

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Andy Sullivan is in control of the Portugal Masters tournament at Oceånico Victoria Golf Club. 

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Andy took control of the Portugal Masters matching his first round score of  round -7 under par 64, this time bogey free, for a -14 under total, and a three shot lead over the field, due mainly to good putting;

“It’s always nice to back up a good score with a new one.”

“Sometimes it’s quite tough to go out there and back it up after shooting a low one yesterday.”

“I played much in the same vein as I did yesterday, felt really confident out there, tapped the flags again and putted with heart again.”

“So difficult not to shoot a good score the way I was hitting it and putting it really.”

Thomas Pieters is in second place at -11 under par, a second round -5 under 66 keeping him within sight of the leader;

“I thought I played better yesterday, but hit it close a couple of times. I took advantage of the par fives.”

“I’m pretty disappointed with the finish, missing two short ones but I gave myself a chance going into tomorrow.”

“I know I can do it. I know the course suits me, so why can’t I do it? It’s quite easy: You just have to play well and see what happens.”

Bernd Wiesberger shares third position with Eduardo de la Riva, both with -10 under par tournament totals. Bernd carded -7 under 64 while Eduardo fell behind with his -4 under par 67.

The joint overnight leader Nicolas Colsaerts, recorded six birdies, three of them in a row from the 15th, but also added three bogeys and a triple bogey in a remarkable level par second round of 71, dropping into a tie for twelfth place.

In a strange arrangement tomorrow, due to a bad weather forecast, Round 3 will be a Shot Gun format commencing at 8 am from all 18 tees.