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Lowry and Harrington fail to challenge on final day of Portugal Masters

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard went on to win the tournament after carding a 65 in the final round.

Padraig Harrngton in action earlier this year at the Wyndham Championship.
Padraig Harrngton in action earlier this year at the Wyndham Championship.
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THERE WAS DISAPPOINTMENT for Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington as they failed to make a challenge on the final day of the Portugal Masters.

Both of them were in strong positions overnight after encouraging displays in the second round. Lowry was in contention on 10 under par, while defending champion Harrington was just two shots further back.

Harrington followed that up by carding a two-under 69, to leave him in a tie for 25th in the end.

Meanwhile, Lowry finished in a tie for 29th on one over, and nine-under overall.

Tournament winner Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard fired a final-round 65 to ease to a four-shot victory win his first individual European Tour title.

The 26-year-old, who won the inaugural GolfSixes event in May with compatriot Thorbjorn Olesen, started the last day with a one-stroke advantage and never looked like letting it slip as he finished the tournament on 20 under par.

The only player who put pressure on the 387th-ranked Bjerregaard was George Coetzee, but the South African ran out of steam on the back nine before posting a triple bogey on the 18th hole.

That allowed Marc Warren to finish second alone on 16-under overall.

Additional reporting by Sinéad Farrell

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