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The Debrief: 2020 Portugal Masters

The Debrief: 2020 Portugal Masters

Here is everything you need to know from an exciting week at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.


George Coetzee claimed his fifth European Tour title after producing a patient final round 66 to win the Portugal Masters by two shots.

Here is everything you need to know from an exciting week at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

Coetzee wins again

South African Coetzee came into the week with a spring in his step, having just tasted victory at the Titleist Championship at Pretoria Country Club - his home course - on the Sunshine Tour. He continued to impress at Vilamoura, carding a superb third round 66 to take a one shot lead into the final day, before making five birdies and no bogeys on Sunday to claim his second win in as many weeks. All four of Coetzee's previous European Tour victories came in Africa and he was delighted to make his breakthrough on European soil. He said: "(Winning in Europe) was the next step for me really. 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, and 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. And then I won in Mauritius, which still counts as a Sunshine Tour event, so I still felt like I needed to get off my continent and win something else. So I am just happy that I kind of ticked the box in the right order."

Fleetwood finishes on a high

World Number 15 Tommy Fleetwood arrived at the Portugal Masters looking to get some competitive rounds under his belt before heading to Winged Foot Golf Club for next week's U.S. Open Championship. He found himself 11 shots off the lead at the halfway stage but closed that gap to five with a 68 on Saturday, before firing seven birdies in a flawless final round 64 to set the early clubhouse target on 13 under par. His final two holes were particularly memorable. He almost made an eagle on the 17th but had to make do with a birdie as his 25 foot putt evaded the hole. Knowing he would need to finish strongly to keep his hopes of winning alive, Fleetwood went straight for the pin on the 18th, clearing the water and watching on as his ball landed four feet from the cup. He rolled in his birdie putt and waited to see where his total would leave him at the end of the day, but with Coetzee and Laurie Canter finishing strongly, Fleetwood had to settle for a share of third place. But he was happy to have been in contention. He said: "I'm happy with how I played and it's nice to put yourself in contention after hitting shots like on the 17th and 18th coming down the stretch."

Golf for Good continues

The European Tour's Golf for Good initiative continued this week, and plenty of money was raised for worthy causes thanks to birdies and eagles galore at the par five 17th. Two local charities - Existir and APEXA - and EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association) shared €50,000, with the European Tour and partner Vilamoura World pledging €25,000 each.

Fleetwood at the 17th

Amazing aces

The small number of spectators gathered at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course were treated to two aces on Friday afternoon. France's Mathieu Fenasse holed an eight iron at the eighth from 151 yards, while Northern Ireland's Jonathan Caldwell made his hole-in-one from 210 yards on the par three sixth. Fenasse came close to making another ace on the short 16th but his ball ended up just alongside the hole.

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