Perfect pitch takes Broadhurst to title
Monday 03 April 2006
Paul Broadhurst kept a cool head to retain his grip on the Portuguese Open trophy with a birdie at the 72nd hole. The 40-year-old finished with a total of 271, 17 under par and one shot clear of Anthony Wall.
Broadhurst posted a 67 on the final day after finding trouble on the back nine. He came to the final hole level with Wall after a bogey at the 17th, then pushed his second shot at the last into the rough at the side of the green.
But he played a superb pitch and rolled in a three-foot putt for a nerve-jangling victory. "When I was standing on the 18th tee, I thought to myself that I would never have a better chance of winning a tournament," he said. "I got a decent lie for my approach and was confident of getting it to within six feet. I thought it had gone in. This was a big test for me today and I felt a bit under the cosh."
Wall had a third successive 67. Ranked 97th on the European Tour, he kept his nerve when the heat was on, chalking up birdies at three of the last four holes.
He watched anxiously as Broadhurst played the last. It was not to be for Wall but finishing runner-up will do wonders for his confidence after he withdrew from his last tournament in Indonesia because of the searing humidity.
Andres Romero, of Argentina, finished third on 15 under, while fellow countryman Ricardo Gonzales finished a further stroke behind in fourth.
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