Final Portugal Masters leaderboardSeptember 23, 2018 Golf News
The final Portugal Masters leaderboard from Vilamoura, where Tom Lewis won his second European Tour title
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Tom Lewis, in just his third start as a professional in 2011, won his maiden European Tour title at the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria. Seven years later, he has his second, at the very same course and in the very same tournament.
The Englishman carded a final-round 66 to hold off overnight leader Lucas Herbert by three shots.
Lewis, who shot 61 on Saturday, made his charge early on the final day, carding birdies on two of his opening three holes en route to a front-nine 31 which saw him lead by two at the turn.
A bogey on the 10th reduced his lead to one, but he got that shot straight back with birdie at 11 and then rolled home another gain at 13 to get to 22-under.
Lewis looked to have let his opponents back in when he found the water from the 17th tee. A penalty drop left him too far back to attack the green and instead he was forced to lay-up. An uninspiring wedge left him 30 feet from the cup, before he produced his shot of the day, draining his par putt to stay at 22-under.
He wouldn’t be caught.
Herbert, meanwhile, found water himself at 18 which saw him double bogey the hole and fall into a tie for 2nd with Eddie Pepperell, who improved on his 3rd-place finish here last time out.
But for Lewis, his seven-year winless drought was over and the relief was clear to see as he lifted the trophy that meant two years’ exemption on the European Tour.
Click here for the full round-up from the Portugal Masters, including all you need to know about the European Tour’s first ever 59.