Green wins as Martin folds
Australian's 65 sufficient as Spaniard has nightmare final round
Last Updated: 25/10/10 5:20pm
Green: A win is a win
Richard Green overcame a seven-shot deficit to win the Portugal Masters on Sunday after overnight leader Pablo Martin fell apart in the final round.
"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"
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The Australian left-hander fired a seven-under-par 65 at Vilamoura to top the leaderboard with an 18-under total - enough for a two-shot margin of victory.
Martin, who held a three-shot leading heading into the final round, crumbled to a three-over-par 75 and eventually tailed off to finish three shots behind Green in a tie for sixth place.
The Spaniard, the first amateur to win on the European Tour in 2007 and winner of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa at the start of the 2010 Race to Dubai, had moved four clear with a simple two-putt birdie at the par-five fifth.
An inkling of what was to unfold came when Martin double bogeyed the seventh after hooking into the water but with Green by now in the clubhouse, he moved clear once more with a birdie at the 12th.
However, Martin then bogeyed the 13th, 15th and 16th and despite making a birdie at the penultimate hole that briefly set up the prospect of a play-off, the 24-year-old's challenge ended when he drove into the water once more for another double bogey at the last.
Prior to his long wait, Green had himself put together an eventful round which featured 11 birdies in his first 15 holes.
Such momentum could not be sustained, however, as Green closed bogey-par-bogey but despite three-putting on the final green, Martin's capitulation ensured him a third European Tour title.
"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," said Green, who overcame both Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam in a play-off to win in Dubai 13 years ago.
"And when I got to nine-under for the day and 20-under and 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."
Round of the day belonged to Ryder Cup star Francesco Molinari, who made nine birdies and an eagle at the par-five third for his second 10-under-par round of the tournament.
The Italian's 62 therefore moved him into a share of second place alongside Sweden's Robert Karlsson (67), Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (68) and Joost Luiten of Holland (69).
England's David Dixon (67) and Ireland's Peter Lawrie (69) shared sixth place with Martin.