David Lynn charged up the leaderboard with a final-round 63 at the 2013 Portugal Masters on Sunday, and his overall score of 18 under par held up for a one-stroke victory over Justin Walters.
Before a closer examination of Lynn's triumph and the other notable developments, here is an overview of the best performers at Algarve's Oceanico Victoria Golf Course:
Both top finishers put forth valiant efforts to close out the tournament. As Kelly Tilghman of Golf Channel observed, Lynn was fighting through a virus, but clearly saved his best for last:
David Lynn battles through nagging virus he picked up last week in France, shoots Sunday 63 to win Portugal Masters.— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) October 13, 2013
It's worth noting Walters' circumstances, though, as he was playing with a heavy heart. The South African's mother passed away just weeks before, according to European Tour caddie Mark Crane:
Great playing from Justin Walters,going to get his card! Great story after the loss of his mother only weeks ago!— Mark Crane (@markcrane_punk) October 13, 2013
Walters birdied Nos. 14 through 17, and capped off his round in style with a long-range par save at the 18th to shoot a five-under 66. He jumped from 126th to 70th place in the Race to Dubai, which allowed him to retain his tour card.
Golfers Shane Lowry, Matthew Baldwin and Chris Paisley, among others, mentioned Walters on Twitter in congratulating him:
Made up for Justin Walters. Especially after he lost his mum only a couple of weeks ago.— Shane Lowry (@shanelowrygolf) October 13, 2013
Incredible to see Justin Walters finish like that and keep his card. Well done!! @European_Tour— Matthew Baldwin (@mattbaldwin26) October 13, 2013
You are my hero @jwaltersgolf— Chris Paisley (@ChrisPaisley86) October 13, 2013
This marks Lynn's second European Tour win, but the 39-year-old veteran has been due for a victory since becoming more of a fixture on the world golf stage in recent years.
When Lynn finished in second place at the 2012 PGA Championship, he was an afterthought because of the dominance displayed by champion Rory McIlroy, who ran away from the field by eight shots.
The Englishman is firmly in the spotlight after making up a six-shot deficit and bouncing back from a lackluster second half of this season.
Approaching the end of the year on such a positive note has to be an added bonus for Lynn, too, since he struggled in the second half of 2013.
It had been nine years since Lynn last sealed the deal on a win, per BBC Sport:
Fifty-four-hole leader Paul Waring had a disappointing final day in a bid for his first win on tour, but he did birdie the final two holes to salvage a level par round of 71 to move into a solid tie for third.
After flirting with the magic number of 59 on Saturday, Scott Jamieson suffered a letdown after his spectacular third-round performance. Jamieson closed the Portugal Masters with a one-over final score to settle for a joint 13th result.