Prague - South African Haydn Porteous claimed his first win in Europe on
Sunday by beating England's Lee Slattery in the final round of the Czech
Masters by two shots.
The world N 389 Porteous, whose only
previous European Tour win came in Johannesburg last year, overhauled
overnight leader Slattery to take the title with a three-under-par final
round of 69 for a 13-under total.
"It's been a really torrid time
through the last eight, nine months and I've really started doing the
right things and slowly but surely the golf has got a little bit
better," Porteous told europeantour.com.
"To get my second European Tour win under the belt just feels amazing."
was the first tournament in the race to qualify for Thomas Bjorn's 2018
European Ryder Cup side, but most of the continent's big guns were in
the United States for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup play-offs.
In their absence, the final day boiled down to a straight fight between Porteous and Slattery.
Lewis posted a clubhouse target of 10 under par for the tournament, but
had to settle for a tie for third with 847th-ranked Swede Pontus
Porteous started the round two strokes adrift of Slattery, but erased the deficit with birdies at each of the first two holes.
After a three-under front nine of 33, back-to-back bogeys saw him slip into a tie for the lead with four holes to play.
39-year-old Slattery, looking for a third Tour win, faltered with a
bogey after finding a fairway bunker on the par-four 15th.
appeared to have all but wrapped up the title with a stunning shot to
two feet on the par-three 16th hole, but Slattery made a clutch birdie
putt to stay just one shot behind.
Both players made par on the
penultimate green but Slattery made a mess of the 18th hole to give
Porteous some breathing space, and an excellent two-putt sealed the
Leading scores from the final round of the European Tour Czech Masters tournament at Prague on Sunday (par 72; GBR/IRL unless stated):
275 - Haydn Porteous (RSA) 70-69-67-69
277 - Lee Slattery 72-65-67-73
278 - Tom Lewis 75-66-70-67, Pontus Widegren (SWE) 67-72-69-70
280 - Eddie Pepperell 69-73-70-68, Oscar Lengden (SWE) 68-74-70-68, Jason Scrivener (AUS) 73-70-68-69, James Morrison 68-70-72-70
281 - Lee Westwood 70-72-71-68, Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA) 70-73-69-69, Matteo Manassero (ITA) 69-73-69-70, Scott Henry 71-73-67-70, Callum Shinkwin 66-75-69-71
282 - Garrick Porteous 70-75-69-68, Nino Bertasio (ITA) 70-73-70-69, Dean Burmester (RSA) 70-74-67-71, Chris Hanson 68-66-75-73