Keeping Score

Another South African wins European Tour title in Portugal

Garrick Higgo uses 44-hole bogey-free finish to post 1-stroke victory at Portugal Open, 1 week after George Coetzee’s triumph

44: Number of consecutive bogey-free holes that South African Garrick Higgo strung together to close out a one-stroke victory Sunday at the European Tour’s Portugal Open in Obidos, Portugal. It was the first victory on the European Tour for Higgo, 21, and the second in as many weeks for South Africans in Portugal. The left-handed Higgo birdied five of his first eight holes in the final round at Royal Obidos Spa and Golf Resort en route to a 7-under 65 and a 19-under 269 total. “I just really enjoyed it, and I just made sure I had fun out there,” Higgo said. “It’s a funny feeling. I’m sure it’ll kick in tonight, but for now it’s just nice.” Spain’s Pep Angles closed with a 66 to finish runner-up at 18-under 270. South African George Coetzee, who won the previous week at the Portugal Masters, shot 66 for a 15-under 273 total and share of third place with England’s Andrew Wilson (66). The Portugal Open, the third consecutive event on the Iberian Peninsula, was a dual-ranking event on the European and Challenge tours (scores).

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