European Tour

Bjerregaard triumphs as Coetzee fades

2017-09-24 19:08
Lucas Bjerregaard (Getty Images)

Vilamoura -  Lucas Bjerregaard fired a final-round 65 to ease to a four-shot victory at the Portugal Masters and win his first individual European Tour title on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Dane, who won the inaugural GolfSixes event in May with compatriot Thorbjorn Olesen, started the last day with a one-stroke advantage and never looked like letting it slip as he finished the tournament on 20 under par.

The only player who put pressure on the 387th-ranked Bjerregaard was George Coetzee, but the South African ran out of steam on the back nine before posting a triple bogey on the 18th hole.

That allowed Marc Warren to finish second alone on 16-under overall.

"Today is up there with one of my best rounds," Bjerregaard said after his win. "Not so much the 6 under around here, I've done that before, but under the pressure... the two shots I hit on 17 are some of the best I've hit in a long time. I felt like it was my time to go out and grab it (victory) and not wait for someone to hand it to me."

Leading final-round scores from the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura on Sunday (par 71; GBR/IRL unless stated):

264 - Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 66-65-68-65

268 - Marc Warren 67-64-70-67

269 - Graeme Storm 67-66-69-67, Eddie Pepperell 66-67-68-68

270 - Ricardo Gouveia (POR) 69-67-69-65, Jose-Filipe Lima (POR) 69-66-68-67

271 - Dean Burmester (RSA) 66-67-72-66, Sebastian Soderberg (SWE) 68-71-64-68, Nacho Elvira (ESP) 66-68-68-69, Wu Ashun (CHN) 65-80-67-69, George Coetzee (RSA) 64-69-67-71

272 - Victor Dubuisson (FRA) 68-68-69-67, Joel Stalter (FRA) 70-67-68-67, Connor Syme 68-69-68-67, Phachara Khongwatmai (THA) 69-68-66-69, Joost Luiten (NED) 64-68-70-70, Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 69-70-64-69, Nino Bertasio (ITA) 65-65-71-71, Chris Paisley 70-65-67-70

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