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Sullivan Routs Portugal Field

ALBUFEIRA, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 18: Andy Sullivan of England plays his second shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club on October 18, 2015 in Albufeira, Portugal. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Who won

Andy Sullivan won the Portugal Masters on Sunday and became the European Tour’s first three-time winner in 2015. The 29-year-old Englishman led wire to wire, closing with a 66 at Oceânico Victoria Golf Club to finish at 23-under-par 261, nine strokes ahead of countryman Chris Wood (closing 68).

Who didn’t win

Wood, a winner earlier this season in Austria, made four birdies after a third-hole bogey and posted his sixth top-five finish of the season. Spain’s Eduardo de la Riva, who entered Sunday second behind Sullivan, managed only a 71 and finished T3 with South Africa’s Trevor Fisher Jr. (closing 67) and England’s Anthony Wall (66).

How it happened

Sullivan and Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts shot 64s Thursday to take the first-round lead by a stroke. Sullivan posted another 64 Friday to lead by three at the halfway mark and extended his cushion to five with a third-round 67. Overnight rain and a threat of storms had led to a Sunday shotgun start being delayed by two hours but Sullivan was unfazed. After two solid pars to start, Sullivan made a testing 6-footer on the third as playing partners de la Riva and Wood both dropped shots, extending Sullivan’s lead to six shots. A curling 25-foot putt on the fourth moved Sullivan to 19 under, and he made it back-to back birdies after finding the green on the par-5 fifth in two. 


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