Ireland’s Padraig Harrington wins Portugal Masters

Irishman Padraig Harrington ended an eight-year European Tour title drought with a win at the Portugal Masters, held at the Oceânico Victoria course in Vilamoura between Thursday and Sunday (October 20-23).

The 45-year-old shot a bogey-free final round of 65 for a 23-under-par score to finish ahead of defending champion Andy Sullivan (-22) by just one shot.

Anders Hansen from Denmark and Mikko Korhonen from Finland tied for third (-21).

“It’s a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I’ve been coming here for 10 years so I’ve always liked it down here. I’ve always liked coming down to Portugal,” Harrington told the European Tour website.

“There are so many Irish people here. It always felt like a home away from home, so it’s really nice to win the tournament.

“I tried to be really aggressive. The golf course suited me and I just tried to go after every pin I could and make birdies. I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week,” he added.

Fifth place was shared by English duo Robert Rock and Chris Paisley, who finished at 20 under as well as Scotsman Paul Lawrie and American David Lipsky, with Spain’s Nacho Elvira a further shot back.

Englishman Oliver Fisher and Frenchman Benjamin Hebert closed out the top ten at 18 under.

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