Sep 3rd, 2017
Maiden victory for Haydn Porteous on European soil
s he beats Lee Slattery at Czech Masters
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South Africa’s Haydn Porteous has claimed his maiden win in Europe by beating England's Lee Slattery in the final round of the Czech Masters by two shots.
Porteous has already won once on the European Tour, but that was on home soil in Johannesburg, so this is first away win so to speak.
He shot a three under 69 to take the title with a final score of 13 under.
Lee Slattery, the overnight leader, must be kicking himself, as he could only muster a 73 to finish two shots adrift.
The clubhouse target of 10 under was posted by Tom Lewis, and then it was a straight battle between Slattery and Porteous.
Porteous birdied his first two holes to get back on level terms with Slattery, and made the turn in 33, with four birdies and a single bogey.
He stuttered at the start of his back nine, with bogeys on the 10th and 11th, but steadied the ship with birdies on the 14th and 16th.
Meanwhile Slattery made the turn in 36, with a single birdie off–set by a single bogey.
But three bogeys on the back nine, including one at the last, were to prove costly for Slattery, and deny him what would have been his third European Tour victory. Two birdies in his back nine were not enough to repair the damage, and he could only post a final day card of +1.
It was the first Ryder Cup qualifying tournament, but with Europe’s leading players in the United States for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup play-offs, it's very much early doors for Thomas Bjorn's selection process.