LOWRY AND HARRINGTON IMPRESS

Defending champs Padraig Harrington tied 25th courtesy of two under 69 but he goes with all the positives from the Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard is the new champ and he picks up the €333,330 prize money as he records his maiden victory.

The Dane ended with six under par 65 to win the event, four strokes from Scottish star Marc Warren. He secured his tour card with the win as well.

For Shane Lowry, he was just three strokes off the pace after recording 64 in the second round. However, he recorded 70 and 72 to finish 11 strokes behind Bjerregaard after a poor weekend run. Lowry would join Graeme McDowell, Paul Dunne and Rory McIlroy at Close House for the British Masters next. He recently had a four week break but the Portugal event should keep him in good shape to compete for the £3 million prize.

Lowry would have wanted more from the course he won his first pro title in 2012. He was just four shots off in the final round but he couldn’t topple the winner. He remains outside of the top 60 even though he moved eight spots to 78th. He is outside the cut for the season ending DP World Tour.

For Bjerregaard, there is no much worry in the Race to Dubai as he flew to the 47th spot despite being out of the top 100 earlier. He is exempt until 2019 as he was able to keep his nerves under check. He was just a stroke ahead of George Coetzee on the final day. He pushed his lead with four birdies. He ended up with eight birdies and two bogeys to remain six under 65 and seal his win.