Portugal Masters R4

Brown battles back to win Portugal Masters

October 24-27
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
€1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Steven Brown overturned a three-stroke deficit to win his first European Tour title at the Portugal Masters and secured his playing rights for the 2020 season in the process.

Portugal Masters R4 - Brown battles back to win
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“It’s hard to put into words. It hasn’t sunk in. It was a weird day. You never know with this game. It’s crazy to think how well I’ve played this month and how bad the first two thirds of the year were. I never thought this would happen – I was counting down to Tour School and getting ready for that.”

The Englishman arrived in Portugal needing a top-three finish to secure his card for 2020 but started the final day in the Algarve in fourth place.

He put the pressure on 54-hole leader Brandon Stone after the turn with a birdie on the 11 th and a spectacular eagle on the 12th, hitting his second shot to just four feet. They were tied with just five holes to play after Stone bogeyed the 13th , with Brown moving ahead after the South African dropped another shot at the 16th.


Brown held his nerve with par on each of his final six hole to secure his first European Tour title, his playing rights for 2020 and his spot in the Turkish Airlines Open in a fortnight’s time, the first of three consecutive Rolex Series events at the end of the 2019 season.

“That shot I hit into 12 was probably the best shot I’ve ever hit. It couldn’t have come off more perfect. I saw the leaderboard at 13 and saw Justin was playing well and Brandon was still ahead of me. I kept telling myself to keep going – we had holes to play. It seems like everyone fell away at the end. It went my way because I just parred in.

“I’ve just had a calmness in my head the last few weeks – even today. I like the fact I had to go for it and wasn’t trying for a good result. I had to seize the chance to win the tournament. That’s the difference, before I’ve thought ‘I’m up there and had a good week, that’s great’ this week it was do or bust. I can’t believe it.”

Stone shared second place with his compatriot Justin Walters – who needed a strong week to secure his playing rights for next year, which he did after moving up to 79th from 121st on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex.

“I left it all out there,” said Walters. “It’s a pity about the last but it’s a hard hole. I committed to the driver, just left it a little bit right. The bunker shot I didn’t think would get to the green, but it was in a perfect place. I had a bit of a funny lie – a sandy lie – I caught it better than I thought and it just grabbed on the slope. If you’d have given that to me at the beginning of the week I’d have run away with it, I’ll hold my head up high.”

Frenchman Adrien Saddier finished fourth, while England’s Chris Paisley rounded out the top five.


Similarly to Walters, Englishman Jack Singh Brar needed a strong performance to secure his card for 2020. The 22-year-old started the week as the last man in on the Race to Dubai in 117th place but, as the cut-off moved to 115th , he responded with a final round of 66 to move to 109th and a share of eighth place.

“I’m over the moon. I got off to a great start today – three under through nine – I just tried to keep pushing. It’s hard when you know how much is on the line, I’m just so glad to have done it. You wake up with thoughts racing round, even today. I knew I had to shoot a good number because there were so many people chasing me down. Trying to control my emotions, even coming down 18 I could barely hold the club. I struggled to get comfortable all year – hence my results. Now I feel like I can push on.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Steven Brown
ENG
-17
69
67
65
66
267
T2
Justin Walters
RSA
-16
65
66
71
66
268
T2
Brandon Stone
RSA
-16
66
66
66
70
268
4
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-15
67
68
68
66
269
5
Chris Paisley
ENG
-14
69
69
68
64
270
T6
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-13
67
66
70
68
271
T6
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-13
66
65
71
69
271
T8
Jake McLeod
AUS
-12
65
72
72
63
272
T8
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-12
67
68
71
66
272
T8
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-12
68
72
66
66
272
T8
Tom Lewis
ENG
-12
69
66
68
69
272
T8
Matt Wallace
ENG
-12
67
70
66
69
272
T8
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-12
65
65
70
72
272
T14
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-11
71
68
69
65
273
T14
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-11
71
68
67
67
273
T14
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-11
69
71
66
67
273
T14
Louis De Jager
RSA
-11
63
72
70
68
273
T14
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-11
70
66
68
69
273
T14
George Coetzee
RSA
-11
69
65
68
71
273
T14
Dean Burmester
RSA
-11
70
65
65
73
273
T21
Martin Kaymer
GER
-10
67
70
72
65
274
T21
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-10
73
67
67
67
274
T21
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-10
67
71
68
68
274
T21
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-10
68
70
68
68
274
T21
Hugo Leon
CHI
-10
69
69
68
68
274
T21
Renato Paratore
ITA
-10
66
70
67
71
274
T27
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-8
72
69
72
63
276
T27
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-8
70
68
70
68
276
T27
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-8
72
67
68
69
276
T27
Tomas Silva
POR
-8
72
68
66
70
276
T31
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-7
66
73
74
64
277
T31
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-7
72
67
73
65
277
T31
Ryan Fox
NZL
-7
72
67
71
67
277
T31
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-7
71
69
70
67
277
T31
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-7
68
67
73
69
277
T31
David Borda
ESP
-7
71
68
69
69
277
T31
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-7
67
70
70
70
277
T31
Jordan Smith
ENG
-7
69
68
70
70
277
T31
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-7
70
69
67
71
277
T40
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-6
68
69
72
69
278
T40
Robert Rock
ENG
-6
68
69
72
69
278
T40
Liam Johnston
SCO
-6
70
70
69
69
278
T40
Tiago Cruz
POR
-6
69
66
73
70
278
T40
Nick Cullen
AUS
-6
70
70
67
71
278
T40
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-6
68
69
69
72
278
T40
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-6
66
67
71
74
278
T40
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-6
68
65
69
76
278
48
David Horsey
ENG
-5
66
73
73
67
279
T49
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
67
71
75
67
280
T49
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-4
70
69
73
68
280
T49
Ross Fisher
ENG
-4
70
69
72
69
280
T49
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-4
70
69
72
69
280
T49
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-4
69
72
69
70
280
T49
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-4
68
69
72
71
280
T49
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-4
68
71
70
71
280
T56
Paul Lawrie
SCO
-3
72
69
72
68
281
T56
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-3
70
69
72
70
281
T56
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
68
72
71
70
281
T56
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-3
69
72
70
70
281
T56
Marc Warren
SCO
-3
71
68
69
73
281
T61
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
69
68
74
71
282
T61
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-2
66
73
72
71
282
T63
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-1
70
71
71
71
283
T63
Tom Murray
ENG
-1
69
71
70
73
283
T63
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
68
72
70
73
283
T63
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-1
72
69
69
73
283
T63
Romain Wattel
FRA
-1
68
72
69
74
283
68
Chris Wood
ENG
2
69
72
77
68
286
T69
Robert Karlsson
SWE
3
68
73
71
75
287
T69
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
3
70
70
70
77
287
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
67
75
142
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
72
70
142
CUT
John Catlin
USA
Par
68
74
142
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
69
73
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
68
74
142
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
Par
69
73
142
CUT
David Law
SCO
1
71
72
143
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
1
74
69
143
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
71
72
143
CUT
Tomas Guimaraes Bessa
POR
1
74
69
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
2
72
72
144
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
74
70
144
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Joao Carlota
ESP
2
70
74
144
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
2
67
77
144
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
2
69
75
144
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
67
77
144
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
69
76
145
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
71
74
145
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
3
73
72
145
CUT
Daniel Rodrigues
POR
3
70
75
145
CUT
David Howell
ENG
3
69
76
145
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
3
72
73
145
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
3
70
75
145
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
3
71
74
145
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
76
69
145
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
73
73
146
CUT
Miguel Gaspar
POR
4
74
72
146
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
4
70
76
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
4
74
72
146
CUT
Tomas Gouveia
POR
4
72
74
146
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
76
71
147
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
5
74
73
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
72
75
147
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
5
73
74
147
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
73
75
148
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
70
78
148
CUT
Steve Webster
ENG
6
72
76
148
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
7
78
71
149
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
7
70
79
149
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
7
75
74
149
CUT
Pedro Cruz Silva
POR
7
74
75
149
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
7
73
76
149
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
7
76
73
149
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
8
72
78
150
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
9
75
76
151
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
10
73
79
152
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
10
76
76
152
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
14
83
73
156
DSQ
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
Par
69
73
142
RET
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
Par
74
74