Portugal Masters: David Lynn shoots closing eight-under 63 to claim first win since 2004
Last Updated: 14/10/13 9:39am
David Lynn: Chasing pack couldn't match his clubhouse target
Englishman David Lynn ended his nine-year wait for a second European Tour success by shooting a superb final round 63 to win the Portugal Masters.
Despite finishing runner-up in last year's US PGA Championship and enjoying an excellent 2013 season on the PGA Tour, the Englishman hadn't won in Europe since capturing the 2004 KLM Open 224 starts ago.
He changed all that after a brilliant eight-under par closing round at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course saw him set a clubhouse target of 18-under which none of the chasing pack could reach.
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-18 D Lynn
-17 J Walters (Rsa)
-16 S Gallacher
-16 B Wiesberger (Aut)
-16 P Waring
-15 H Otto (Rsa)
-15 J Donaldson
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Lynn eventually finished a shot in front of South African Justin Walters, with Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and England's Paul Waring a further stroke back on 16-under.
Setting off well over an hour before the final two-ball, Lynn raced out of the blocks with birdies at his opening two holes and added three more at five, eight and nine to turn in 30.
Lynn, who turns 40 next week, bogeyed the 10th but kept pressing and reeled off four more back nine birdies for a 63 - 10 shots better than he managed on Saturday when his chance looked to have gone.
A brilliant wedge at 17 gave him the tap-in birdie that would eventually prove decisive while just as important was his second to 18 which just cleared the water, allowing him to two-putt for par.
Walters, 126th on the Race To Dubai going into the week, finished like a train with birdies at 14, 15, 16 and 17 and he then holed a 50 footer for par at 18 to secure his European Tour card for next season with a solo second place finish.
Wiesberger looked as if he might be the one to reel in Lynn when he birdied 14, 15 and 16 to reach 17-under, just one back, but he found water at the par five 17th and made bogey.
Gallacher secured his share of third with seven birdies in his last 11 holes while Waring, the two-shot overnight leader, saw his chance go with a double bogey at the par three 16th. He battled back gamely to birdie 17 and 18 (with a huge putt) to post level par 71.
Welshman Jamie Donaldson was another with a sense of what might have been after sharing sixth place on 15-under with South African Hennie Otto.
Donaldson reached 16-under with a birdie at 12 but three-putted from four feet to turn a birdie into a bogey at 13 and he could only par in from there.
Scott Jamieson, who shot a record-equalling 60 in round three, couldn't find any spark on Sunday and a one-over 72 dropped him back to tied 13th.