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.

Portugal Masters, Nicolas and Andy Share Lead On Day 1

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Nicolas Colsaerts and Andy Sullivan share the lead at Portugal Masters after day 1 at  Oceånico Victoria Golf Club.

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Big hitting Belgian Nicolas and Englishman Andy both carded first rounds of -7 under par 64 to top the leaderboard at the Portugal Masters tournament.

Last year Nicolas had a putt for a 59 in his opening round here, and early on looked like he might be trying that mark again, but slowed down on the back nine. His length off the tee is a big advantage;

“I’m quite happy with seven under. Maybe I had an eight, nine, maybe ten, but seven under is always a good start.”

“I have a pretty good record in this place,” he said. “I’ve played well in the past. I feel comfortable. I’ve played well here before.

“I think I gave myself enough chances throughout the day. I missed a couple that I had good looks at but then it’s just the way it is.”

“There’s a couple of holes where I can take shortcuts, it doesn’t really matter if I hit it on the fairway or rough, even though the rough is a bit higher this year.”

“There’s a couple of holes where you have still got to be a bit careful. I would rather come with a pitching wedge from the rough than a seven or six iron from the fairway.”

“It is one of those courses where hitting it a long way is definitely an advantage.”

Andy has made an impressive start here, and is looking for his third European Tour win of the season. He is especially happy with his good putting;

“I made a real good swing on seven and then from there on I just seemed to gain confidence in my game.”

“I hit a lot of good shots through the middle part of the round that really got me going.”

“I’m putting nicely as well for a change. It was nice to see the ball go in the hole for a change.”

“I was frustrated with the bogey on the 16th really because I hit two good putts. Obviously, to come straight back with a birdie was really pleasing.”

“I was hoping to sneak one on the last, as well, just to get one ahead. But overall a really pleasing day.”

Thomas Pieters, Thomas Aiken, Eduardo De la Riva and David Drysdale are tied in third place at -6 under par, just one shot behind the leader.


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.