20 year-old Tom Lewis has won the Portugal Masters after a brilliant final day saw him card a 65 that put him on 21-under par, two ahead of runner up, Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello on 19-under.
Cabrera-Bello went into the final day with a one-shot lead on 18-under after his previous two days saw the Spaniard card a 65 and a spectacular 64 respectively.
His third round 64 included five birdies, two eagles and just one bogey to put him in the hot seat to win the tournament but a disaster at the 12th derailed the Spaniards round when he double-bogeyed after hitting the water, which allowed Peter Hanson and Lewis to capitalise.
Hanson’s hunt for the trophy unravelled on the 14th when he made a double-bogey on the fourth, but Lewis, who was 7th with seven holes to go, stormed to the top of the leaderboard with five birdies on the last seven holes to win the title.
Lewis’ name came to prominence during the British Open when he became the youngest amateur to shoot a 65 in that tournament and after only five tour events this season he has won his first trophy as a pro.
It was the young Englishman’s second round that was most impressive however, as he holed ten birdies but bogeyed the 10th and 11th holes to finish with a 64 by the end of Friday.
It was a good weekend for the Irish contingent at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, as Peter Lawrie matched Lewis’ last round score of 65 to tie for 11th on 16-under.
Padraig Harrington continued his improving form as he finished one shot behind Lawrie on 15-under to tie for 16th alongside fellow Irishman Shane Lowry whose fine performance saw the Offaly man’s scorecard feature only scores in the 60’s.
Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin got off to a brilliant start and finished the first round just one shot of the lead but could not match his opening day 65 and ended up on a respectable 9-under par and tied for 50th.
Damien McGrane was at a similar level to Maybin on the leaderboard until his final day score of 75 scuppered his weekend’s play and finished tied for 66th on 5-under, while Gary Murphy suffered the unfortunate fate of being the only player to make the cut to finish over par after his disastrous third round score of 82 saw him end the weekend on 7-over par in 74th position.