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Lewis ends seven-year drought in Portugal

Lewis ends seven-year drought in Portugal

Tom Lewis rode his current wave of form to clinch his second European Tour title. Harvey Jamison wraps up all the action, talking points and highlights from the Portugal Masters
 

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.

Final Portugal Masters leaderboard

Talking Point

59 European Tour

Who else but Oli Fisher? On Friday the Englishman wrote his name into the record books as he ended the 45-year wait for a player to shoot 59 on the European Tour.

Ian Woosnam, Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Ernie Els – so many players have come close to that special number, while nine players have gone sub-60 on the PGA Tour.

Fisher fired 10 birdies and an eagle to reach a 12 under par total during the second round, but what do we know about him? And what clubs did he use to make history?

Best Quote

Tom Lewis:

It is unbelievable. I am so happy. It has been a rough ride

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Tom Irwin

Tom is a lifetime golfer, now over 30 years playing the game. 2023 marks 10 years in golf publishing and he is still holding down a + handicap at Alwoodley in Leeds. He has played over 600 golf courses, and has been a member of at least four including his first love Louth, in Lincolnshire. Tom likes unbranded clothing, natural fibres, and pencil bags. Seacroft in Lincolnshire is where it starts and ends.

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