Shubhankar finishes 44th , Coetzee wins fifth European Tour title

Vilamoura, September 14

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma as soon as once more allowed his good points to go waste with a bunch of bogeys as he carded an excellent par 71 within the closing spherical to complete Tied-44th on the Portugal Masters right here.

The 24-year-old Indian, going by one of many worst patches of his skilled profession, had 4 birdies, three of them in 4 holes between 11th and 14th, however gave all of them away with 4 bogeys, two of which got here on 16th and 17th holes.

South African George Coetzee displayed excellent brief sport to card his third card of 66 in 4 days to carry off a powerful chasing pack and win the 2020 Portugal Masters by two pictures. It was his fifth European Tour title.

Coetzee, who began the day with a one gap benefit, ended a winner by two as Laurie Canter (66) was second, whereas Tommy Fleetwood (64) gave himself an excellent closing spherical earlier than leaving for the US Open subsequent week.

Fleetwood tied for third with Joakim Lagergren (65) and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura (70), who held sole lead at one level was fifth.

Sharma, who has made solely two cuts in seven begins because the Hero Open on the UK Swing, had a minimum of 14 birdies – he had 4 or extra birdies on second, third and closing days, whereas the primary day noticed him land a uncommon albatross. But he additionally gave away 11 bogeys and two double bogeys.

Coetzee, 34, made his first birdie of the day from 20 toes on the tough seventh earlier than selecting up one other shot from an identical distance on the brief eighth to get to 13-under and regain his one stroke lead.

After making one other achieve from 9 toes on the 11th, Coetzee made key par putts on the 12th and 13th to stay in entrance because the chasing pack started to assemble simply behind him on an extremely bunched leaderboard.

He then holed sensible birdie putts on the 16th and 17th to maneuver to 16 underneath par and provides himself a two shot cushion heading to the 18th tee.

Coetzee saved his greatest drive till final and went on to make a nerveless par to win for the second week in a row, having additionally tasted victory on the Titleist Championship at Pretoria Country Club on the Sunshine Tour final week.

Englishman Laurie Canter completed alone in second on 14-under after he additionally made 5 birdies in a flawless 66, whereas his countryman and World Number 16 Tommy Fleetwood was one other stroke again in a tie for third with Swede Joakim Lagergren. PTI

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