Australia’s Green wins Portugal Masters

Richard Green surged up the leaderboard to win the Portugal

Masters on Sunday with a 7-under 65, after a late collapse from

overnight leader Pablo Martin.

Green started the round seven shots behind Martin but birdied

four of the first five holes at the Oceanico Victoria Club. He was

at 9-under after 15 but two late bogeys meant he had to spend an

anxious hour in the clubhouse to see whether his 18-under total of

270 would be enough.

”Coming from seven behind I knew I had to play the best round

of golf I probably could and I had a 64 in mind,” Green said.

”And when I got to 9-under for the day and 20-under and I thought

I was in with a chance. But then I had a couple of bogeys which I

thought left me short. But in the end a 65 was good enough and a

win is a win.”

Martin, who held a three-shot lead going into the final round,

stayed one stoke ahead by making a 15-foot birdie putt on the 12th.

But he bogeyed three of the next four holes, before managing a

birdie on the 17th. He then drove into the water on the final hole

to finish with a double bogey for a 75 – putting him in a tie for

sixth place.

Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari of Italy came from even

further back to finish in a four-way tie for second after a

10-under 62. Molinari, Robert Karlsson of Sweden (67), Joost Luiten

of the Netherlands (69) and Gonzalo Fernandez Castano of Spain (68)

were all two shots behind Green.

Molinari also shot a 62 in the second round but had 74s on

Thursday and Saturday.

It was the second straight year that Martin wasted a chance for

victory in the last round of the Portugal Masters. Last year, he

partnered the eventual winner Lee Westwood in the final round but

shot a 5-over 77.