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Portugal Open 2017

Round 4 - Wire to wire win for Matt Wallace

May 15, 2017

Matt Wallace completed an unlikely wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Open de Portugal to earn a European Tour card.

The 27-year-old Englishman closed with a 4-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over American Julian Suri. Making only his fourth European Tour start, Wallace finished at 19-under 281 at Morgado.

Wallace won five straight tournaments and six overall last season on the Alps Tour to earn a spot on the European Tour's developmental Challenge Tour.

''I didn't see it coming. I never envisioned standing here,'' Wallace said. ''I just tried to go through my processes and work as hard as I could to be standing here today.''

He planned a simple celebration.

''I'll have a few beers,'' Wallace said.

He opened with rounds of 63, 66 and 73 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.

''Those first two days were really easy, that third day was the hardest day of my life and today was tough, but it's so satisfying,'' Wallace said.

Suri shot a 65. France's Matt Pavon (69) was third at 15 under.

Round 3 - Matt Wallace holds on to three shot lead

May 14, 2017

Matt Wallace remains on course for a wire-to-wire win at the Portugal Open despite seeing his lead trimmed by Sebastian Heisele.

A combination of first-day storms and darkness on Friday meant that Wallace, who led Heisele by five shots overnight, had to complete six holes of his second round on Saturday.

The Englishman had not dropped a shot through 38 holes of the tournament, but four birdies were negated by as many dropped during his third round as he signed for a level-par 73 that left him 17 under overall.

Heisele, another man playing catch up after being held up on round two, consequently made inroads into his rival's advantage with a two-under 71 and is just three shots adrift.

The German gained birdies at the second, seventh and 13th holes and made just a solitary bogey at the fifth.

Sam Walker was also on the charge on 'moving day'. The Englishman recorded seven birdies and two bogeys and is now four shots back of compatriot Wallace on 13 under.

Matthieu Pavon and Tapio Pulkkanen are 12 and 11 under respectively, while Mark Foster charged up the leaderboard – a six-under 67 seeing him join a cluster of seven players in a tie for sixth.

Round 2 - Matt Wallace extends lead to five shots

May 13, 2017

Matt Wallace extended his lead to five shots in the weather-affected Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort on Friday.

Wallace, who carded 10 birdies in a flawless opening 63, added five more in the first 12 holes of his second round before play was suspended due to darkness, a knock-on effect of the time lost due Thursday's thunderstorms.

The 27-year-old Londoner, who won five tournaments in succession on the Alps Tour last season and six times in total, started on the back nine and picked up shots on the 10th, 12th, 13th and 16th to reach the turn in 33.

Further birdies on the first and third took Wallace to 16 under par and five ahead of Germany's Sebastian Heisele, who followed his opening 64 by carding three birdies and a bogey in 12 holes on day two.

England's Ashley Chesters and France's Matthieu Pavon had set the clubhouse target on nine under after rounds of 71 and 69 respectively.

Pavon was one under par after nine holes when the first round was suspended and when play resumed at 0830 local time on Friday, he made four birdies on the back nine to post a bogey-free 68.

The 24-year-old was soon back out on the course and carded six birdies and two bogeys in round two, while Chesters had an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys in his 71.

"I had a bit of momentum this afternoon," Pavon said. "I played very solid to finish round one this morning, which gave me confidence going into round two straight afterwards and I managed to make a few birdies straight away.

"My game has been a little up and down over the two days but my short game has been pretty good, so that has helped a lot."

Round 1 - Matt Wallace leads with opening 63

May 12, 2017

Matt Wallace produced a dazzling first round that included 10 birdies to hit the front at a stormy Portugal Open.

The Englishman was in formidable form in Portimao on Thursday, but his 10-under 63 only proved enough for a one-shot lead over Sebastian Heisele.

In just his ninth round on the European Tour, Wallace became the sixth player this season to card 10 birdies – five of which came in succession from 12 to 16 – and the first to do so without dropping a shot.

"It was a fantastic round really. It wasn't looking great at the start when the rain came in 10 minutes before my tee time. Then it stopped just as we got on to the tee, so that was kind of a good omen," said Wallace.

"Everything was working well to be honest. Everything clicked. I made two good par saves on the front nine to keep the momentum going. After that every hole was at least a birdie chance, so it was a really good day."

Heisele eagled the par-five seventh and did brilliantly to stay close to Wallace, but dropped shots at six and 11 to sit second on the leaderboard.

Julian Suri, Paul Maddy and Jamie Rutherford all produced bogey-free rounds to take a share of third, four shots adrift of the summit.

Play was suspended in the afternoon due to the threat of lightning, with Jeff Winther, Robert Dinwiddie and Damien Perrier two under through three holes.

They will resume their rounds on Friday morning, along with a handful of players who were unable to take to the tee.

Scores

1 ENG Matt Wallace -21 - 63 66 73 69 271
2 USA Julian Suri -18 - 67 68 74 65 274
3 FRA Matthieu Pavon -16 - 68 69 70 69 276
T4 ENG Sam Walker -15 - 69 69 68 71 277
T4 GER Sebastian Heisele -15 - 64 70 71 72 277
T6 ENG Ben Evans -14 - 68 68 73 69 278
T6 ENG Mark Foster -14 - 70 72 67 69 278
T6 ENG Oliver Fisher -14 - 69 72 68 69 278
T6 FIN Tapio Pulkkanen -14 - 69 70 69 70 278
T10 RSA Erik Van Rooyen -13 - 68 69 72 70 279
T10 ENG Marcus Armitage -13 - 70 68 71 70 279
T12 SWE Pontus Widegren -12 - 73 70 72 65 280
T12 ENG Robert Rock -12 - 69 69 72 70 280
T12 FRA Thomas Linard -12 - 68 75 69 68 280
T15 ENG Jamie Abbott -11 - 70 71 71 69 281
T15 ESP Pedro Oriol -11 - 68 70 72 71 281
T15 ENG Ryan Evans -11 - 71 68 71 71 281
T18 ENG Ashley Chesters -10 - 66 71 75 70 282
T18 ARG Estanislao Goya -10 - 71 68 75 68 282
T18 ENG Max Orrin -10 - 69 73 72 68 282
T18 ENG Tom Lewis -10 - 71 70 70 71 282
T22 ENG Aaron Rai -9 - 70 72 74 67 283
T22 ESP Alvaro Quiros -9 - 70 73 75 65 283
T22 POR Jose-Filipe Lima -9 - 67 71 71 74 283
T22 FIN Roope Kakko -9 - 70 70 72 71 283
T26 SCO Adrien Saddier -8 - 68 71 73 72 284
T26 ENG Charlie Ford -8 - 73 68 70 73 284
T26 GER Christian Braeunig -8 - 68 69 76 71 284
T26 NED Darius van Driel -8 - 67 75 73 69 284
T26 ESP Jordi Garcia P. -8 - 70 73 67 74 284
T26 ENG Laurie Canter -8 - 70 68 73 73 284
T26 ENG Matthew Baldwin -8 - 71 69 73 71 284
T26 ENG Matthew Nixon -8 - 69 72 74 69 284
T26 ESP Scott Fernandez -8 - 69 72 73 70 284
T35 CHL Mark Tullo -7 - 68 70 72 75 285
T35 ENG Matt Ford -7 - 70 69 71 75 285
T35 GER Moritz Lampert -7 - 71 70 72 72 285
T35 SWE Oscar Stark -7 - 73 70 71 71 285
T35 ENG Steve Webster -7 - 74 69 73 69 285
T35 RSA Trevor Fisher Jnr -7 - 69 69 78 69 285
T35 RSA Zander Lombard -7 - 70 70 75 70 285
T42 POL Adrian Meronk -6 - 71 72 71 72 286
T42 FRA Damien Perrier -6 - 70 72 74 70 286
T42 IRL Gary Hurley -6 - 71 69 71 75 286
T42 ENG Jamie Rutherford -6 - 67 68 75 76 286
T42 SWE Jens Dantorp -6 - 69 73 71 73 286
T42 POR Pedro Figueiredo -6 - 75 68 72 71 286
T48 AUS Ben Eccles -5 - 72 71 74 70 287
T48 SCO David Drysdale -5 - 70 72 73 72 287
T48 CZE Filip Mruzek -5 - 68 72 79 68 287
T48 ENG Robert Coles -5 - 70 69 75 73 287
T48 ENG Steven Brown -5 - 73 69 72 73 287
T53 ITA Alessandro Tadini -4 - 73 70 71 74 288
T53 ITA Andrea Pavan -4 - 72 71 75 70 288
T53 GER Dominic Foos -4 - 72 69 74 73 288
T53 ENG James Allan -4 - 68 72 74 74 288
T53 SWE Johan Edfors -4 - 73 68 74 73 288
T53 ITA Lorenzo Gagli -4 - 75 67 72 74 288
T59 SCO Grant Forrest -3 - 70 67 76 76 289
T59 RSA Jaco Ahlers -3 - 71 70 72 76 289
T59 SCO Paul Lawrie -3 - 72 70 73 74 289
T59 ENG Simon Khan -3 - 73 70 72 74 289
T59 NED Wil Besseling -3 - 67 73 76 73 289
T64 AUS Daniel Fox -2 - 71 72 76 71 290
T64 ENG Jack Senior -2 - 70 72 76 72 290
T64 WAL Rhys Davies -2 - 69 72 76 73 290
T64 SWE Sebastian Soederberg -2 - 75 67 78 70 290
CUT SCO Duncan Stewart -1 - 74 69 77 71 291
CUT SWE Jeff Winther -1 - 71 71 72 77 291
CUT AUS Nick Cullen -1 - 71 72 75 73 291
CUT POR Ricardo Santos -1 - 71 69 74 77 291
CUT ENG Paul Maddy Par - 67 72 76 77 292
CUT ESP Borja Virto 2 - 70 73 76 75 294
CUT SPN Alvaro Velasco -2 - 75 69 - - 144
CUT ESP Borja Etchart -2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT NIR Chris Selfridge -2 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT BEL Christopher Mivis -2 - 70 74 - - 144
CUT FRA Clement Berardo -2 - 69 75 - - 144
CUT ITA Enrico Di Nitto -2 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT ENG Garrick Porteous -2 - 70 74 - - 144
CUT ENG James Heath -2 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT ESP Joao Carlota -2 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT FRA Joel Stalter -2 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT FRA Julien Guerrier -2 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT NED Jurrian van der Vaart -2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT IRL Kevin Phelan -2 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT NIR Michael Hoey -2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT SWE Niklas Lindstroem -2 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT SWE Oscar Lengden -2 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT ESP Pep Angles -2 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT NED Reinier Saxton -2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT FRA Robin Sciot-Siegrist -2 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT IRL Ruaidhri McGee -2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT ENG Steven Tiley -2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT WAL Stuart Manley -2 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT FRA Clement Sordet -1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT NED Daan Huizing -1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ENG Eddie Pepperell -1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT ENG Gary King -1 - 70 75 - - 145
CUT SWE Marcus Kinhult -1 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT WAL Oliver Farr -1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie -1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ENG Ross McGowan -1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT ENG Tom Murray -1 - 75 70 - - 145
CUT FRA Victor Riu -1 - 76 69 - - 145
CUT SWE Anton Karlsson Par - 69 77 - - 146
CUT SCO Bradley Neil Par - 73 73 - - 146
CUT FRA Edouard Dubois Par - 74 72 - - 146
CUT GER Florian Fritsch Par - 73 73 - - 146
CUT RSA Justin Walters Par - 70 76 - - 146
CUT ITA Matteo Delpodio Par - 75 71 - - 146
CUT CAN Mike Weir Par - 74 72 - - 146
CUT THA Pavit Tangkamolprasert Par - 73 73 - - 146
CUT ARG Rafa Echenique Par - 74 72 - - 146
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia Par - 72 74 - - 146
CUT AUS Richard Green Par - 72 74 - - 146
CUT POR Tiago Cruz Par - 73 73 - - 146
CUT SCO David Law 1 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT SWE Jens Fahrbring 1 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT NED Maarten Lafeber 1 - 76 71 - - 147
CUT SWE Mikael Lundberg 1 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT DEN Morten Orum Madsen 1 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT ENG Oliver Wilson 1 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT ENG Richard Finch 1 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT ENG Richard McEvoy 1 - 69 78 - - 147
CUT AUS Ryan McCarthy 1 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT CAN Austin Connelly 2 - 72 76 - - 148
CUT RSA Christiaan Bezuidenhout 2 - 77 71 - - 148
CUT ENG Craig Farrelly 2 - 72 76 - - 148
CUT SWE Joel Girrbach 2 - 71 77 - - 148
CUT DEN Martin Ovesen 2 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT SWE Niclas Johansson 2 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT CHI Nico Geyger 2 - 77 71 - - 148
CUT AUS Scott Arnold 2 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT ENG Seve Benson 2 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT POR Tomas Gouveia 2 - 78 70 - - 148
CUT ITA Francesco Laporta 3 - 77 72 - - 149
CUT BEL Hugues Joannes 3 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT SCO Ross Kellett 3 - 73 76 - - 149
CUT SWE Simon Forsstroem 3 - 72 77 - - 149
CUT POR Tomas Silva 3 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT POR Hugo Santos 4 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT ENG John Parry 4 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT ENG Nathan Kimsey 4 - 80 70 - - 150
CUT ITA Federico Maccario 5 - 74 77 - - 151
CUT POR Joao Ramos 5 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT ITA Luca Cianchetti 5 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT ITA Filippo Bergamaschi 7 - 78 75 - - 153
CUT SCO Scott Henry 7 - 73 80 - - 153
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 7 - 74 79 - - 153
CUT ITA Andrea Maestroni 8 - 77 77 - - 154
CUT POR Tiago Rodrigues 9 - 79 76 - - 155
CUT SCO Ewen Ferguson 11 - 77 80 - - 157
CUT CZE Petr Dedek 12 - 75 83 - - 158
CUT NOR Kristian Krogh Johannessen 14 - 80 80 - - 160
RET SCO Craig Lee 3 - 74 2 - - 76

 





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