Portugal Masters R4

Coetzee crowned champion

September 10-13
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Portugal Masters R4 - Coetzee crowned champion
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George Coetzee secured his fifth European Tour title – and his first on European soil – after producing a short game masterclass to hold off the chasing pack and win the 2020 Portugal Masters by two shots.


“That was the next step for me really (winning on European soil). I have always had a list of things I wanted to achieve in my career as a golfer and originally I never thought I would get as far as winning on the European Tour, so ticking that box a while back was really nice. Then I started to realise that I was a bit comfortable playing back home and I needed to go to the next step and win away from home.

“Some of the events I target are the Qatar Masters and the Portugal Masters because I tend to play really well in those countries and the golf courses really suit me. I was very nervous playing this course and knowing that there are booby traps around the corner every now and then, so stepping on to 18 and hitting the best drive I hit all week, I was shocked! I told my caddie, I can’t believe I just did that, and my preparation mentally kind of paid off as well.”



“It has been my focus in lockdown. You would be surprised at the stuff I had been working on. I was actually doing keepy uppy with a football to see how many I could do to test my mental skills because we weren’t allowed to do much else. I was practicing darts, all sorts of funny things away from golf to work on my mental game, which was really exciting for me and I didn’t know what the end result was going to be but I am very happy to see that it is giving me victories.”

The South African did not put a foot wrong on Sunday afternoon, posting a bogey-free round of 66 to triumph for the second week in a row, after winning at his home club, Pretoria Country Club, on the Sunshine Tour last week.


Coetzee began the day with a one shot advantage but was knocked off the top of the leaderboard early on after parring his opening six holes in a patient start to his final round.

The 34-year-old ignited his round at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course with gains on the seventh, eighth and 11th, before holing brilliant birdie putts at the 16th and 17th to move to 16 under par and give himself a two shot cushion heading to the 18th tee.

Englishman Laurie Canter finished second on 14 under par after he also made five birdies in his round of 66, while his countryman and World Number 16 Tommy Fleetwood was another stroke back in a tie for third with Swede Joakim Lagergren.



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“I felt like I hit a reasonable tee shot but just obviously favoured the right side and was a couple of yards in that rough, and it was just dead, so I was trying to hack something out front right, overdid it and the bunker shot was horrendous to be honest,” said Canter. “I was trying to get it running up the tier to have some sort of putt at it but to hole that putt was awesome.

“At that point I still felt like maybe I had a chance, you know anything can happen on 16, 17, 18 but George is class, his closed out really well but overall, really chuffed with that.

The European Tour’s Golf for Good initiative continued this week with two local charities – Existir and APEXA – and EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association) sharing €50,000, with the European Tour and partner Vilamoura World pledging €25,000 apiece.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
George Coetzee
-16
66
70
66
66
268
2
Laurie Canter
-14
64
72
68
66
270
T3
Tommy Fleetwood
-13
68
71
68
64
271
T3
Joakim Lagergren
-13
69
69
68
65
271
5
Masahiro Kawamura
-11
67
71
65
70
273
T6
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-10
70
68
67
69
274
T6
Niklas Lemke
-10
70
69
65
70
274
T8
Jorge Campillo
-9
68
71
70
66
275
T8
John Catlin
-9
72
69
65
69
275
T8
Julien Guerrier
-9
62
66
75
72
275
T8
Jason Scrivener
-9
69
68
70
68
275
T8
Johannes Veerman
-9
69
68
70
68
275
T8
Scott Vincent
-9
70
65
72
68
275
T14
Wil Besseling
-8
70
70
68
68
276
T14
Ben Evans
-8
69
71
68
68
276
T14
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-8
71
69
68
68
276
T14
Grant Forrest
-8
72
67
69
68
276
T14
Liam Johnston
-8
61
74
70
71
276
T14
Matthew Jordan
-8
66
69
74
67
276
T14
Rikard Karlberg
-8
72
67
70
67
276
T14
Wilco Nienaber
-8
70
65
73
68
276
T14
Jack Senior
-8
69
71
72
64
276
T14
Brandon Stone
-8
67
70
70
69
276
T24
Alexander Björk
-7
70
70
68
69
277
T24
Martin Simonsen
-7
68
67
73
69
277
T24
Dale Whitnell
-7
67
74
66
70
277
T27
Lucas Bjerregaard
-6
67
71
68
72
278
T27
Richard Bland
-6
67
70
73
68
278
T27
Sihwan Kim
-6
67
66
72
73
278
T27
Sebastian Soderberg
-6
66
75
73
64
278
T27
Ben Stow
-6
72
69
67
70
278
T32
Alejandro Cañizares
-5
70
71
70
68
279
T32
Ryan Fox
-5
67
69
75
68
279
T32
Adrien Saddier
-5
67
68
73
71
279
T32
Paul Waring
-5
67
69
71
72
279
T36
Tom Gandy
-4
69
68
72
71
280
T36
Ricardo Gouveia
-4
69
72
69
70
280
T36
Adrian Meronk
-4
69
66
72
73
280
T36
Guido Migliozzi
-4
67
71
74
68
280
T36
Tapio Pulkkanen
-4
70
70
70
70
280
T36
Antoine Rozner
-4
68
67
73
72
280
T36
Jordan Smith
-4
73
67
71
69
280
T36
Toby Tree
-4
73
67
70
70
280
T44
Jamie Donaldson
-3
69
67
74
71
281
T44
Rhys Enoch
-3
69
71
71
70
281
T44
Garrick Porteous
-3
70
69
69
73
281
T44
Alvaro Quiros
-3
73
68
68
72
281
T44
Marcel Schneider
-3
69
72
71
69
281
T44
Shubhankar Sharma
-3
73
67
70
71
281
T50
Marcus Armitage
-2
68
67
73
74
282
T50
Nino Bertasio
-2
67
69
74
72
282
T50
Jonathan Caldwell
-2
65
72
75
70
282
T50
Bryce Easton
-2
68
72
68
74
282
T50
Francesco Laporta
-2
67
70
72
73
282
T50
Andres Romero
-2
71
70
70
71
282
T50
Ricardo Santos
-2
69
71
72
70
282
T50
Julian Suri
-2
69
71
71
71
282
T58
Stephen Gallacher
-1
76
65
71
71
283
T58
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
69
71
73
70
283
T58
David Law
-1
69
71
70
73
283
T58
Thorbjørn Olesen
-1
66
71
73
73
283
T58
Max Schmitt
-1
70
71
68
74
283
T58
Lars van Meijel
-1
71
70
71
71
283
T64
Tomás Bessa
1
68
70
75
72
285
T64
Steven Brown
1
68
70
74
73
285
T64
Matthew Southgate
1
69
72
74
70
285
T67
Dave Coupland
2
72
68
71
75
286
T67
Carlos Pigem
2
72
69
75
70
286
69
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
3
70
71
71
75
287
70
David Drysdale
8
70
68
77
77
292
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
E
74
68
142
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
E
71
71
142
CUT
Anton Karlsson
E
72
70
142
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
E
72
70
142
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
E
69
73
142
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
E
71
71
142
CUT
Zach Murray
E
72
70
142
CUT
Robert Rock
E
70
72
142
CUT
Kalle Samooja
E
73
69
142
CUT
Ashun Wu
E
69
73
142
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
1
70
73
143
CUT
Jens Fahrbring
1
71
72
143
CUT
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
1
74
69
143
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
1
73
70
143
CUT
Calum Hill
1
73
70
143
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
1
70
73
143
CUT
Vitor Lopes (a)
1
71
72
143
CUT
Joost Luiten
1
71
72
143
CUT
Richard McEvoy
1
72
71
143
CUT
Jake McLeod
1
72
71
143
CUT
Robin Roussel
1
70
73
143
CUT
Darius van Driel
1
77
66
143
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
2
74
70
144
CUT
Daan Huizing
2
73
71
144
CUT
José María Olazábal
2
73
71
144
CUT
Chris Paisley
2
75
69
144
CUT
Thomas Bjørn
3
71
74
145
CUT
Eduardo De la Riva
3
74
71
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
3
72
73
145
CUT
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
3
73
72
145
CUT
Will Enefer
4
74
72
146
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
4
73
73
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
4
71
75
146
CUT
Ross Fisher
4
77
69
146
CUT
Gregory Havret
4
71
75
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
4
69
77
146
CUT
Damien Perrier
4
77
69
146
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
4
73
73
146
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
4
70
76
146
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
5
74
73
147
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
5
74
73
147
CUT
Joël Stalter
5
74
73
147
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
6
77
71
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
6
72
76
148
CUT
Jbe Kruger
6
74
74
148
CUT
Haotong Li
6
74
74
148
CUT
Andrea Pavan
6
74
74
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
6
72
76
148
CUT
Tomas Santos Silva
6
70
78
148
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
6
74
74
148
CUT
Peter Hanson
7
74
75
149
CUT
David Howell
7
71
78
149
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
7
77
72
149
CUT
Pedro Lencart (a)
7
72
77
149
CUT
Wade Ormsby
7
75
74
149
CUT
Joel Sjoholm
7
73
76
149
CUT
Justin Walters
7
73
76
149
CUT
Oliver Wilson
8
76
74
150
CUT
Benjamin Poke
9
74
77
151
CUT
Steve Webster
13
78
77
155
CUT
Miguel Gaspar
14
82
74
156
WD
Alexander Levy
7
78
78