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.

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.