RICHARD GREEN has won the Portugal Masters with a seven under par 65 final round to capitalise on a late collapse by overnight leader Pablo Martin.
It was Green’s third European Tour victory.
Green trailed by seven strokes overnight and began with birdies on four of the first five holes at the Oceanico Victoria Club, but had to survive an anxious hour in the clubhouse to see whether his 18-under total of 270 would be enough after racking up two late bogeys.
“Coming from seven behind, I knew I had to play the best round of golf I probably could and I had a 64 in mind,” Green said.
“And when I got to nine-under for the day and 20-under, I thought I was in with a chance.
“But then I had a couple of bogeys which I thought left me short. But in the end a 65 was good enough and a win is a win. It was awesome.”
Martin, who held a three-shot advantage over the field entering the final round, stayed one stoke ahead by making a 15-foot birdie putt on the 12th.
But he bogeyed three of the next four holes, before managing a birdie on the 17th. He then drove into the water on the final hole to finish with a double bogey and a 75 – putting him in a tie for sixth place.
Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari of Italy came from even further back to finish in a four-way tie for second after a 10-under 62.
Molinari, Robert Karlsson of Sweden (67), Joost Luiten of the Netherlands (69) and Gonzalo Fernandez Castano of Spain (68) were all two shots behind Green.