Portugal Masters R2

History-maker Fisher hits the front in Portugal

October 24-27
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
€1,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Portugal Masters R2 - Fisher hits the front
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Oliver Fisher holds the second round lead at the Portugal Masters for the second-consecutive year after moving to 12 under par at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

The 31-year-old shared the 36-hole lead in 2018, but holds it outright this year after a second round of 65, which saw two eagles and four birdies. The Englishman made history after carding the European Tour’s first 59 on this golf course during last year’s second round and, coincidentally, has reached the score of 12 under par again at the same stage in the Algarve.

“I played really well the first two rounds last week, the driving was better in France. I just got on some bad runs around that course, which can happen. The first two rounds I hit the ball well. I didn’t quite hit it as well today, but it was windy. The south-easterly wind makes a few drives tricky. I’m pleased to hit 65, I’m looking forward to the weekend.”


He is one stroke ahead of South African Justin Walters and South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, who are both fighting to secure their playing rights for the 2020 season.

“It’s hard, but I’m staying in the present,” said Walters. “Hitting the best shot I can and if I don’t pull it off, there’s not much I can do. If it works then great, if not it’ll be disappointing. There’s not much more I can do but if by the end of the week I can hold my head up high if I’ve thrown everything I have at it. It should be enough, if it’s not we’ll find another place to win a tournament.”

Walters’s compatriots took over the leaderboard during the second round, with seven South Africans sitting inside the top ten. Brandon Stone holds fourth place on ten under par, while Darren Fichardt and Haydn Porteous share fifth with last year’s runner-up Eddie Pepperell.

“I’ve been great off the tee all week, and the last few months,” said Stone. “I felt comfortable with the putter, which has been the missing link for a long time now. I enjoy quick greens and bent greens. When we arrived I felt really comfortable. The stroke feels fantastic and I’ve given myself a lot of opportunities – especially early in the round – it’s easier when you get birdies to start your round, you give yourself something to fall back on. Overall, I’m very happy with where the game is.”


George Coetzee is eighth, while Dean Burmester and Louis De Jager joined defending champion Tom Lewis on seven under par in a share of ninth with four others.

The predicted cut-off on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex has moved to 116 after the cut fell at minus one.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Today
R1
R2
Total
1
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-12
-6
65
65
130
T2
Justin Walters
RSA
-11
-5
65
66
131
T2
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-11
-6
66
65
131
4
Brandon Stone
RSA
-10
-5
66
66
132
T5
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-9
-5
67
66
133
T5
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-9
-6
68
65
133
T5
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-9
-4
66
67
133
8
George Coetzee
RSA
-8
-6
69
65
134
T9
Dean Burmester
RSA
-7
-6
70
65
135
T9
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-7
-3
67
68
135
T9
Tiago Cruz
POR
-7
-5
69
66
135
T9
Louis De Jager
RSA
-7
1
63
72
135
T9
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-7
-3
67
68
135
T9
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-7
-4
68
67
135
T9
Tom Lewis
ENG
-7
-5
69
66
135
T16
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-6
-5
70
66
136
T16
Renato Paratore
ITA
-6
-1
66
70
136
T16
Steven Brown
ENG
-6
-4
69
67
136
T19
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-5
-2
68
69
137
T19
Jordan Smith
ENG
-5
-3
69
68
137
T19
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-5
-3
69
68
137
T19
Martin Kaymer
GER
-5
-1
67
70
137
T19
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-5
-2
68
69
137
T19
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-5
-2
68
69
137
T19
Jake McLeod
AUS
-5
1
65
72
137
T19
Matt Wallace
ENG
-5
-1
67
70
137
T19
Robert Rock
ENG
-5
-2
68
69
137
T19
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
-1
67
70
137
T29
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-4
Par
67
71
138
T29
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-4
-1
68
70
138
T29
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-4
-3
70
68
138
T29
Chris Paisley
ENG
-4
-2
69
69
138
T29
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
Par
67
71
138
T29
Hugo Leon
CHI
-4
-2
69
69
138
T35
Marc Warren
SCO
-3
-3
71
68
139
T35
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
-2
70
69
139
T35
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-3
-2
70
69
139
T35
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
-4
72
67
139
T35
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
Par
68
71
139
T35
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-3
-4
72
67
139
T35
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-3
-2
70
69
139
T35
David Borda
ESP
-3
-3
71
68
139
T35
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-3
-4
72
67
139
T35
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-3
-3
71
68
139
T35
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-3
-2
70
69
139
T35
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-3
-3
71
68
139
T35
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
2
66
73
139
T35
David Horsey
ENG
-3
2
66
73
139
T35
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-3
-2
70
69
139
T35
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-3
2
66
73
139
T51
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-2
Par
69
71
140
T51
Tom Murray
ENG
-2
Par
69
71
140
T51
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-2
-4
73
67
140
T51
Liam Johnston
SCO
-2
-1
70
70
140
T51
Nick Cullen
AUS
-2
-1
70
70
140
T51
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-2
1
68
72
140
T51
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
1
68
72
140
T51
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
-2
71
69
140
T51
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-2
1
68
72
140
T51
Lee Westwood
ENG
-2
1
68
72
140
T51
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-2
-1
70
70
140
T51
Tomas Silva
POR
-2
-3
72
68
140
T63
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
1
69
72
141
T63
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-1
2
68
73
141
T63
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-1
Par
70
71
141
T63
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
-2
72
69
141
T63
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-1
-2
72
69
141
T63
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-1
1
69
72
141
T63
Paul Lawrie
SCO
-1
-2
72
69
141
T63
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
1
69
72
141
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
4
67
75
142
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
1
70
72
142
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
Par
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
-1
72
70
142
CUT
John Catlin
USA
Par
3
68
74
142
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
2
69
73
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
-1
72
70
142
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
3
68
74
142
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
Par
2
69
73
142
CUT
David Law
SCO
1
1
71
72
143
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
1
-2
74
69
143
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
1
71
72
143
CUT
Tomas Guimaraes Bessa
POR
1
-2
74
69
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
2
1
72
72
144
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
-1
74
70
144
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Joao Carlota
ESP
2
3
70
74
144
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
2
6
67
77
144
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
2
4
69
75
144
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
6
67
77
144
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
5
69
76
145
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
3
71
74
145
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
3
1
73
72
145
CUT
Daniel Rodrigues
POR
3
4
70
75
145
CUT
David Howell
ENG
3
5
69
76
145
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
3
2
72
73
145
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
3
4
70
75
145
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
3
3
71
74
145
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
-2
76
69
145
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
2
73
73
146
CUT
Miguel Gaspar
POR
4
1
74
72
146
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
4
5
70
76
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
4
1
74
72
146
CUT
Tomas Gouveia
POR
4
3
72
74
146
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
Par
76
71
147
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
5
2
74
73
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
4
72
75
147
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
5
3
73
74
147
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
6
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
4
73
75
148
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
7
70
78
148
CUT
Steve Webster
ENG
6
5
72
76
148
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
7
Par
78
71
149
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
7
8
70
79
149
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
7
3
75
74
149
CUT
Pedro Cruz Silva
POR
7
4
74
75
149
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
7
5
73
76
149
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
7
2
76
73
149
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
8
7
72
78
150
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
9
5
75
76
151
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
10
8
73
79
152
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
10
5
76
76
152
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
14
2
83
73
156
DSQ
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
Par
2
69
73
142
RET
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
Par
-3
74
74