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Belgium’s Thomas Pieters victorious at 2021 Portugal Masters

Clinching the Portugal Masters title by two strokes, Thomas Pieters started the final round at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in the lead alongside France’s Matthieu Pavon. He eventually found himself two back with seven holes to play but held his nerve to capitalise on a couple of unlucky shots from the Frenchman and make a birdie that handed him a two-shot advantage.

This is Pieters’ first victory since the 2019 Czech Masters and has helped him secure a spot in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Speaking to the press, he said: “It feels amazing. It felt like a long time between victories but [caddie] Adam Marrow and I worked so hard.”

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaardm, who won the competition in 2017, took second place, and his fellow countryman Nicolai Hojgaard was third.

As for the Portuguese challenge, Ricardo Santos finished in 32nd place whilst Vitor Lopes and Ricardo Melo Gouveia landed in 61st and 62nd respectively.

From left: Eng. Luís Correia da Silva (Dom Pedro Golf CEO), Stefano Saviotti (owner of Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course-Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection), Nelson Cavalheiro (President of PGA Portugal), Miguel Franco de Sousa (President of the Portuguese Golf Federation), Vitor Pataco (President of the IPDJ), Vitor Aleixo (Mayor of Loulé), Thomas Pieters (Portugal Masters 2021 Champion), Rita Marques (Secretary of State for Tourism Portugal), João Paulo Rebelo (Secretary of State for Youth and Sport), Keith Waters (Chief Operating Officer at European Tour), Filipe Silva (Board Member – Turismo de Portugal) Photo: Getty Images