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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Levy wins in Portugal after 36-hole washout

Alexander Levy has won the Portugal Masters after the event was reduced to 36 holes as more rain battered the Oceanico Victoria Golf Club.

The tournament had already been reduced to 54 holes after heavy rain on Thursday evening and Friday meant many players could not start their second rounds until the weekend.

And Levy (right) and playing partner Nicolas Colsaerts had played just a single hole of their third and final round yesterday when the heavens opened once more, drenching the course, with organisers deciding at approximately 3.15pm that the result would be decided on 36-hole scores.

That meant the Frenchman, who had recorded rounds of 63 and 61, claimed his second European Tour win following his victory at the Volvo China Open in April. "It feels very special," he said.

"If at the start of the year you say to me, 'You are going to win two tournaments', I (would) say 'never' to you. It's a very nice feeling to me, I'm very happy. I work hard on this game and I think I played a good game this week and the week in China."

Michael Hoey finished best of the Irish on 10-under, and Shane Lowry was two strokes further back again on eight under.

Dubliner Pádraig Harrington carded a final score of five under par, while Paul McGinley brought up the rear on two under par.

Levy was one of the lucky ones who managed to get his second round completed on Friday meaning he did not play at all on Saturday and he admitted it was a strange feeling to have won after playing only two rounds.

"It's special," he added.

"Because you are only on 36 holes but after Friday night I knew I would only play 54.

"But it's a special feeling at this time.

"I don't realise a lot because I was focused to play this last round and try my best to win this tournament."

Victorious

Only four players managed to complete their final rounds, including victorious Ryder Cup captain McGinley, but none of the field were looking like mounting a serious charge on the leaders when play was stopped.

Tournament Director Jose Maria Zamora said: "Unfortunately we've been hit by a very heavy downpour, followed by another heavy downpour an hour later which made the golf course go completely underwater.

"We were not expecting these heavy downpours and we had to cut it to 36 holes."

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