Red-hot George Coetzee triumphs at Portugal Masters

George Coetzee wins Portugal Masters

George Coetzee wins Portugal Masters

South Africa’s George Coetzee made 5 birdies in a five-under par 66 on Sunday to seize his fourth European Tour title on the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

It was Coetzee’s first win in Europe, collectively alongside along with his earlier European Tour victorious coming in South Africa (Joburg Open, Tshwane Open twice) and Mauritius (Mauritius Open).

“That was the following step for me actually (worthwhile on European soil),” Coetzee educated reporters on Sunday.

“I’ve at all times had a listing of factors I wished to grasp in my occupation as a golfer and initially I actually not thought I would get so far as worthwhile on the European Tour, so ticking that self-discipline some time as soon as extra was superb, after which I began to know that I used to be a bit cozy taking part in as soon as extra residence and I wanted to go to the following step and win away from residence.”

Coetzee, who held a one shot lead forward of the final phrase spherical in Quarteira, achieved on 16-under to win the event by two strokes.

Coetzee was taking part in in his first European Tour occasion on account of the Qatar Masters in March.

He carried out contained in the opening three Sunshine Tour Rise-Up Sequence occasions and entered this week’s occasion scorching off the heels of a Sunshine Tour victory the place he gained the Titleist Championship at Pretoria Nation Membership.

“I’ve some unhealthy recollections from ending on this golf course, so I used to be very nervous taking part on this course and realizing that there are booby traps all through the nook on occasion, so stepping on to 18 and hitting the proper drive I hit all week, I used to be shocked,” he talked about.

“I educated my caddie, I can not take into consideration I merely did that, and my preparation mentally type of paid off as correctly.”

It was the second win from a South African golfer on the European Tour this 12 months after Branden Grace gained the South African Open in January.

Basic ultimate spherical scores contained in the European Tour’s Portugal Masters at Vilamoura on Sunday (GBR/IRL moreover acknowledged, par 71):

268 – George Coetzee (RSA) 66 70 66 66

270 – Laurie Canter 64 72 68 66

271 – Tommy Fleetwood 68 71 68 64, Joakim Lagergren (SWE) 69 69 68 65

273 – Masahiro Kawamura (JPN) 67 71 65 70

274 – Niklas Lemke (SWE) 70 69 65 70, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez (ESP) 70 68 67 69

– Jason Scrivener (AUS) 69 68 70 68, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 68 71 70 66,
Julien Guerrier (FRA) 62 66 75 72, Johannes Veerman (USA) 69 68 70 68,
John Catlin (USA) 72 69 65 69, Scott Vincent (ZIM) 70 65 72 68

– Compiled by Sport24 employees

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