Portuguese Open

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Australian Markus Brier took an early lead on Day 1 hitting a superb round of 65 in difficult conditions before dropping down the leaderboard in equally spectacular fashion on Day 2.A triple bogey, two double bogeys and a further bogey saw him card a 79 just making the cut! Both former Ryder Cup player Paul Broadhurst and French-Portuguese Jose Filipe Lima took advantage of the leader’s misfortune tying for first place on 134 strokes after second rounds of 66 and 65 respectively. Rain played havoc with scheduling on Day 3, torrential downpours halting play on three occasions. Paul Lawrie, 346th in the world, emerged in the lead by the time he returned to the clubhouse eight under par and one shot ahead of Paul Broadhurst. Barry Lane, Stephen Dodd and Jose Filipe Lima all bunched for third, a further stroke behind. When play resumed on Sunday, Paul Broadhurst enjoyed the best last round to win this year´s tournament on 271 strokes, 13 under par, followed by Paul Lawrie and Jose Filipe Lima.