Padraig Harrington won the 2016 Portugal Masters after hitting par at the 18th to finish one shot ahead of 2015 champion Andy Sullivan on Sunday. Harrington was six under par on 65, and 23 under overall, after a final day full of lead changes at the Victoria Clube de Golfe in Vilamoura.
Harrington will now get the €2,000,000 prize money awarded to the winner, per EstorilGolf.com.
Here's what the final leaderboard looks like:
|Portugal Masters 2016: Final Leaderboard|
|Position||Player||To Par||Day 4 Score||Overall|
Official, individual payouts will be announced by the European Tour on a later date.
All scorecard information per the European Tour official site.
Sullivan didn't waste time making his move up the leaderboard. Last year's winner opened his round with a pair of birdies. The European Tour relayed highlights of his strong beginning:
Sullivan had soon worked himself back into a share of the lead thanks to some prolific form:
Of course, Anders Hansen wasn't about to be moved so easily. The Dane earned his first birdie of the day by holing the par-four fourth in spectacular fashion:
Hansen stayed in front at the end of the front nine, but he was just one shot ahead after Sullivan had hit a 31.
The Day 3 leader had completed a hat-trick of birdies over the first six holes, but he couldn't manage more than par on the next seven, so he slipped behind Sullivan. Hansen even dropped further back when Harrington put himself into the mix at the top.
This birdie on the par-four 11 got Harrington in the frame:
He followed it with another birdie at the 12th, but it was this finish on the 14th that gave Harrington the lead all to himself:
He was just a single shot ahead approaching the 17th. Meanwhile, Sullivan hadn't helped his chances by failing to hit a birdie since the 12th.
Yet while he laboured, Mikko Korhonen was making his move. The Finn recovered from a bogey on the seventh to birdie both the 12th and 16th holes. Those efforts moved him alongside Hansen and Sullivan just a shot behind Harrington.
Sullivan needed some magic and duly found it with this mammoth drive to start the par-five 17:
The drive led to a birdie, which put Sullivan back in front. Keen not to waste the opportunity, he made a similarly bold start to life on the 18th:
But the final hole ended on par for Sullivan, who finished 22 under overall. Now it was Harrington's turn to regain the lead.
A birdie on the 17th left him needing par to win it. Yet it already looked like a tall order:
However, this splendid chip gave Harrington his chance for par:
The 45-year-old managed to par the hole and seal the tournament, a superb achievement against younger opposition.