Portugal Masters

  • Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal October 11th - October 14th
  • Par: 72

Completed

Round 4 Concluded

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  • Last Updated: Monday October 15 2012, 09:15 BST

Irishman Shane Lowry became only the second player to win on the European Tour as both an amateur and a professional.

Lowry: Took the title in Portugal
Lowry: Took the title in Portugal

The 25-year-old, who captured the Irish Open in an amazing Tour debut three years ago, lifted the Portugal Masters by a stroke in Vilamoura when England's Ross Fisher three-putted the final hole.

Lowry joins Spaniard Pablo Martin, who won the 2007 Portuguese Open in his amateur days and then the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa two years later.

Shot of the day from Rory McIlroy's stablemate was a seven-iron into the hole for an eagle two at the 11th.

Lowry was one ahead after adding birdies at the 15th and 17th, but prepared himself for a play-off after driving into sand and bogeying the last for a 66 and 14 under par total.

Former Ryder Cup star Fisher was in the group behind and from the fringe of the green left his long birdie attempt - a putt to win the title - five feet short and then lipped out.

Unlike his maiden victory, which earned him nothing because of his amateur status, Lowry this time picked up a cheque for just over £300,000 in addition to the trophy.

"I cannot believe this," he said after coming from four behind Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in the final round.

"I can't explain how I feel really. It's a dream come true - I'm over the moon."

Lowry added: "Everyone was referring to me as the fella who won the Irish Open as an amateur, but now I've won such a prestigious event I don't know what to say."

Nothing might match the atmosphere in torrential rain on the day he triumphed at County Louth, but he still had plenty of vocal support at Oceanico Victoria.

"It was like playing in Ireland," he said. "It was crazy. It was great."

Lowry was still three behind at the turn, but birdied the 10th and then saw his approach to the next land a foot short of the flag and hop in.

"I thought then this could be my day and thankfully it is," he said.

"We had a long wait on the 12th tee which was good, I had time to compose myself."

He went ahead for the first time when Wiesberger drove into the lake and dropped a shot on the 11th, but Fisher then produced three birdies in a row to take over at the top.

The 31-year-old was chasing his first success for more than two years, but bogeyed the short 16th to fall behind again and could not get back on terms.

Wiesberger found more water on the long 17th and by bogeying the last as well allowed New Zealander Michael Campbell to take third place on his own.

The 2005 US Open champion has suffered an horrendous slump since beating Tiger Woods at Pinehurst. He fell outside the world's top 1,300 at one point and only two seasons ago made just one cut in 19 starts.

This was his best finish for four years and the last time he had four rounds in the 60s was nine years ago.

Fisher finished runner-up just as he did behind Lee Westwood in Sweden in June.

Collated final-round scores (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):

270 Shane Lowry 67 70 67 66

271 Ross Fisher 65 67 69 70

272 Michael Campbell (Nzl) 68 69 67 68

273 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 70 65 65 73

274 Richard Finch 70 68 66 70

276 Stephen Gallacher 65 70 72 69, Jamie Donaldson 67 71 72 66, Danny Willett 70 69 74 63, George Coetzee (Rsa) 69 73 67 67, Henrik Stenson (Swe) 70 70 68 68, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 72 70 71 63

277 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 71 71 70 65, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 68 71 67 71, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 72 69 67 69, Scott Jamieson 71 70 68 68

278 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 71 71 66 70, Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 70 72 70 66, Ricardo Santos (Por) 72 69 72 65, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 72 70 64 72, Simon Khan 72 70 68 68, Lee Slattery 69 70 74 65, Anthony Wall 68 71 68 71, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 69 70 73 66, Keith Horne (Rsa) 69 72 67 70, Mark Foster 71 67 67 73, Padraig Harrington 69 67 71 71

279 George Murray 66 76 65 72, Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 68 71 69 71, Peter Whiteford 70 71 67 71, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 73 69 68 69, Anders Hansen (Den) 71 70 69 69, Oscar Floren (Swe) 73 68 67 71, Johan Edfors (Swe) 73 65 75 66, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 69 68 68 74, Pedro Figueiredo (Por) 70 70 70 69, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 67 69 70 73

280 Richard Bland 70 71 71 68, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 67 70 69 74, Hennie Otto (Rsa) 70 71 69 70, Damien McGrane 70 69 72 69, Steve Webster 71 68 74 67, David Howell 72 68 74 66, Matthew Baldwin 73 69 69 69, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 72 70 68 70, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 72 70 69 69, Andy Sullivan 72 69 68 71, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 70 70 73 67, Richard Green (Aus) 70 68 69 73

281 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 69 71 72 69, Tom Lewis 69 73 70 69, Peter Lawrie 73 67 72 69

282 Markus Brier (Aut) 69 71 67 75, Michael Hoey 70 72 70 70, Bradley Dredge 72 69 71 70

283 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 72 68 73 70, Rich Beem (USA) 70 72 71 70, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 69 71 74 69, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 68 71 73 71, Thomas Levet (Fra) 69 72 69 73

284 Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 69 72 74 69, Ricardo Melo Gouveia (Por) 70 72 67 75, Simon Dyson 72 68 70 74

285 Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 69 72 68 76, Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 67 71 77 70, Matthew Zions (Aus) 70 72 70 73, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 71 71 71 72

286 Shaun Micheel (USA) 74 68 69 75

288 Marcel Siem (Ger) 72 68 68 80, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 70 72 72 74

289 Jamie Elson 71 69 75 74


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