England’s David Lynn surged through the field to claim his second European Tour title and climb back into the world’s top 50 in the Portugal Masters yesterday.
Lynn, whose only previous win in almost 400 events came in the KLM Open in 2004, carded a superb closing 63 to finish 18 under par at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.
The 39-year-old, who turns 40 next Sunday, started the day six shots off the lead but charged into contention with five birdies in a front nine of 30 and, after a bogey at the 10th, picked up further shots at the 11th, 14th, 15th and 17th to set a clubhouse target that was never matched.
An emotional Justin Walters, who began the week 126th in the Race to Dubai, holed a 40ft par putt on the 18th to claim outright second on 17 under and secure his card for next season, the South African breaking down in tears following the death of his mother two weeks ago.
Lynn, who struggled to a 73 on Saturday, said: “I was really disappointed when I walked off the course yesterday, I just didn’t hole any putts and made seven at 17 and thought maybe I had played myself out of it.
“Today was just a case of I’ve got to go out there and make as many birdies as I can. I must admit I was thinking of Scott Jamieson’s 60 (in the third round).
“If I could do something like that, who knows?
“The wind was up quite a bit so eight under is a really good score.
“I really caught fire on the front nine, I was making everything I looked at, although I hit it to one foot at the first which got me off to a really good start.
“After that I made a couple of great putts for par to keep the momentum going and then I was making the birdie putts.”
Jamieson, who came agonisingly close to the first ever 59 on the European Tour on Saturday, led by one when he birdied the second and fifth, but dropped three shots in four holes from the 14th to card a closing 72 and finish joint 13th.