Open de Portugal Day 4

Higgs claims maiden victory at Royal Óbidos

September 17-20
Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, Vau Óbidos, Portugal
€500,000
Round 1, Day 2, Day 3




Garrick Higgo, the left-handed South African, whose final bogey of the week occurred on the tenth hole of his second round, finished on 19 under par, one stroke clear of Spain’s Pep Angles who finished second on 18 under par.


Higgo’s countryman George Coetzee continued his excellent form and followed his Portugal Masters victory with a tied for third place at Royal Óbidos on 15 under par, alongside England’s Andrew Wilson, with Sweden’s Jens Dantorp and Spain’s Carlos Pigem finishing tied fifth on 14 under.

The 21-year-old dropped just three shots during the tournament – a double bogey on his sixth hole of the week and that bogey on the tenth during his second round – and had played only a handful of third round holes when Saturday’s play was suspended due to darkness.



He returned to the course on Sunday morning and carded a six under par round of 66 to end round three just one shot off the lead, which was held by Portugal’s Vitor Lopes.

Lopes could not continue his low-scoring performance of the first three rounds and dropped off the pace during round four, but Higgo picked up where he left off.


Five front nine birdies, including a chip-in on the sixth hole, saw him make the turn in 31 before further gains on the 11th and the 18th saw him finish on 19 under par.

It was a nervous wait for the Stellenbosch native with Angles playing in the group behind, but when the Spaniard was unable to convert the 35-foot eagle putt he needed for a play-off, victory was secured.

Higgo, who’s victory comes in just his seventh Tour start, admitted that the feeling had not yet sunk in following his win.

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“It feels awesome,” he said. “I thought it was going to be a little bit easier over the last three holes but he [Pep Angles] made it a bit tough. That birdie on the last was really, really nice.

“I just really enjoyed it and I just made sure I had fun out there.

“It’s awesome. It feels pretty surreal to be honest. I’m sure it’s going to kick in tonight but my family and everyone is excited, I’m excited, it’s an awesome feeling.”



Higgo now adds a European Tour title to two victories on the Sunshine Tour, and credited a change with his putting as the key to his victory in Portugal.

“I could have done even better, golf’s always like that. It was nice. I don’t think I made a bogey in two days, so I was just really, really sharp. My short game was very good, I chipped in three times so every time I was out of position, I made it a ‘double-plus’.

“The last couple of weeks, I was struggling with my putting. I think I was over-reading everything and this week, I just went with my first read. I think you can quickly see things that aren’t there, so that was kind of the key this week.”

Last year’s Sunshine Tour rookie of the year will now receive additional European Tour playing rights after winning in Portugal, an event which was dual-ranked with the European Challenge Tour.



“It does give me a lot of confidence. It was a bit of a big hit with Covid meaning there isn’t any promotion from the Challenge Tour this year, so obviously one of the dual-ranked events is ideal to win because you can get straight on to the European Tour. It’s an awesome feeling to get it done.”

The joint-low round of the day was carded by English duo Matt Ford and Jonathan Thomson who both recorded eight under par totals of 64 to earn shares of 18th position and seventh place, respectively. It is Thomson’s highest European Tour finish since his tie for second place at Made in Denmark two years ago and he shares seventh place with Portugal’s Lopes.

Jordan Wrisdale, from England, and Australia’s Maverick Antcliff complete the top ten by sharing ninth place on 12 under par.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Garrick Higgo
-19
68
70
66
65
269
2
Pep Angles
-18
72
66
66
66
270
T3
George Coetzee
-15
69
70
68
66
273
T3
Andrew Wilson
-15
69
67
71
66
273
T5
Jens Dantorp
-14
70
70
67
67
274
T5
Carlos Pigem
-14
67
71
68
68
274
T7
Vitor Lopes (a)
-13
65
71
67
72
275
T7
Jonathan Thomson
-13
73
67
71
64
275
T9
Maverick Antcliff
-12
70
70
66
70
276
T9
Jordan Wrisdale
-12
72
68
66
70
276
T11
Julien Brun
-11
70
72
67
68
277
T11
Todd Clements
-11
73
70
69
65
277
T11
Ashton Turner
-11
70
69
67
71
277
T14
Harry Ellis
-10
70
70
69
69
278
T14
Chase Hanna
-10
70
69
69
70
278
T14
Oliver Lindell
-10
74
68
70
66
278
T14
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-10
69
74
68
67
278
T18
David Boote (a)
-9
69
72
66
72
279
T18
Pedro Figueiredo
-9
71
73
70
65
279
T18
Matt Ford
-9
74
69
72
64
279
T18
Nathan Kimsey
-9
69
67
72
71
279
T18
Gudmundur Kristjansson (a)
-9
69
72
69
69
279
T18
Niklas Norgaard Møller
-9
72
71
68
68
279
T24
Aaron Cockerill
-8
72
71
64
73
280
T24
Björn Hellgren
-8
74
69
68
69
280
T24
Roope Kakko
-8
69
69
72
70
280
T24
Ricardo Santos
-8
68
74
71
67
280
T28
Stephen Ferreira
-7
71
71
69
70
281
T28
Alexander Knappe
-7
68
71
69
73
281
T28
Christopher Mivis
-7
70
72
69
70
281
T28
Martin Simonsen
-7
75
69
70
67
281
T32
Damien Perrier
-6
67
73
69
73
282
T32
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-6
69
75
70
68
282
T32
Julian Suri
-6
68
77
70
67
282
T35
Hinrich Arkenau
-5
74
70
71
68
283
T35
Ricardo Gouveia
-5
69
76
68
70
283
T35
Frederic Lacroix
-5
71
74
70
68
283
T35
Richard Mansell (a)
-5
73
72
68
70
283
T35
Alfie Plant
-5
70
71
69
73
283
T35
Benjamin Poke
-5
75
71
68
69
283
T35
Christopher Sahlstrom
-5
70
72
73
68
283
T42
Christofer Blomstrand
-4
72
69
71
72
284
T42
Jamie Donaldson
-4
70
67
73
74
284
T42
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
-4
73
71
67
73
284
T42
Dominic Foos
-4
69
71
70
74
284
T42
Nicolai Kristensen
-4
75
71
69
69
284
T42
Ross McGowan
-4
73
69
70
72
284
T42
Bradley Moore
-4
73
72
70
69
284
T49
Tomás Bessa
-3
72
74
72
67
285
T49
Jens Fahrbring
-3
72
74
68
71
285
T49
Federico Maccario
-3
74
69
70
72
285
T49
Santiago Tarrio
-3
72
71
76
66
285
T53
Pelle Edberg
-2
73
73
72
68
286
T53
Rhys Enoch
-2
73
71
70
72
286
T53
Philip Eriksson
-2
72
69
74
71
286
T53
Scott Fernandez
-2
76
69
73
68
286
T53
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-2
72
71
71
72
286
T53
Bradley Neil
-2
71
73
70
72
286
T53
Pedro Oriol
-2
74
70
74
68
286
T53
Marcel Siem
-2
70
71
70
75
286
T61
Hurly Long (a)
-1
74
72
69
72
287
T61
Marco Penge
-1
74
72
70
71
287
T61
Bernd Ritthammer
-1
70
74
70
73
287
T61
Henric Sturehed
-1
70
76
73
68
287
T65
Raphaël De Sousa
E
72
74
71
71
288
T65
Nicolai Højgaard
E
73
73
73
69
288
T65
Gary King
E
69
75
72
72
288
T65
Robin Petersson (a)
E
74
70
72
72
288
T65
Euan Walker (a)
E
73
71
72
72
288
T70
Grégory Bourdy
+1
76
70
71
72
289
T70
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
+1
73
71
72
73
289
T70
Martin Ovesen
+1
75
71
70
73
289
73
Daniel Young (a)
+2
70
74
72
74
290
T74
Enrico Di Nitto
+3
73
73
71
74
291
T74
Stuart Manley
+3
73
71
73
74
291
T74
Jesper Sandborg
+3
70
76
70
75
291
77
Aron Zemmer
+5
70
71
77
75
293
CUT
George Bloor
+3
73
74
147
CUT
Tiago Cruz
+3
77
70
147
CUT
Alexandre Daydou
+3
71
76
147
CUT
Paul Dunne
+3
76
71
147
CUT
Ryan Evans
+3
74
73
147
CUT
Scott Gregory
+3
75
72
147
CUT
Anton Karlsson
+3
75
72
147
CUT
Niall Kearney
+3
75
72
147
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
+3
76
71
147
CUT
Andres Romero
+3
76
71
147
CUT
Scott Vincent
+3
80
67
147
CUT
Romain Wattel
+3
72
75
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
+4
76
72
148
CUT
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
+4
72
76
148
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
+4
73
75
148
CUT
Jbe Kruger
+4
70
78
148
CUT
Oscar Lengden
+4
77
71
148
CUT
Benjamin Rusch (a)
+4
73
75
148
CUT
Marcel Schneider
+4
75
73
148
CUT
Gary Stal
+4
73
75
148
CUT
Elias Bertheussen
+5
74
75
149
CUT
Miguel Gaspar
+5
74
75
149
CUT
Tomas Gouveia
+5
76
73
149
CUT
Daan Huizing
+5
72
77
149
CUT
Jonas Kölbing
+5
77
72
149
CUT
Francisco Oliveira
+5
72
77
149
CUT
Craig Howie
+6
76
74
150
CUT
Espen Kofstad
+6
74
76
150
CUT
Pedro Lencart (a)
+6
73
77
150
CUT
Haraldur Magnus
+6
74
76
150
CUT
Robbie van West
+6
75
75
150
CUT
Liam Johnston
+7
75
76
151
CUT
Mikael Lundberg
+7
77
74
151
CUT
Wade Ormsby
+7
78
73
151
CUT
Martin Wiegele
+7
74
77
151
CUT
Ashun Wu
+7
75
76
151
CUT
Daniel Gavins
+8
76
76
152
CUT
Allen John (a)
+8
73
79
152
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
+9
74
79
153
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
+9
77
76
153
CUT
Felix Mory
+10
72
82
154
CUT
Jamie Abbott
+12
78
78
156
CUT
Steven Tiley
+12
76
80
156
CUT
Janne Kaske
+13
78
79
157
CUT
Per Längfors
+13
75
82
157
CUT
Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli (a)
+13
78
79
157
CUT
Joao Magalhaes
+17
75
86
161
CUT
Alexandre Abreu
+25
86
83
169
DQ
Ugo Coussaud
+7
78
37
115