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Golf News // Belgium’s Thomas Pieters holds nerve to win Portugal Masters as Matthieu Pavon fades (www.espn.com)

Golf News // Belgium’s Thomas Pieters holds nerve to win Portugal Masters as Matthieu Pavon fades

Belgian Thomas Pieters fired a three-under-par 68 in the final round of the Portugal Masters on Sunday to clinch the title by two strokes for his fifth European Tour crown.

The 29-year-old came into the final round at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura sharing the lead with France’s Matthieu Pavon, but began with a bogey on the first hole before recovering with an eagle on the fifth.

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He carded birdies before and after the turn and followed that up with another bogey, but gained a stroke on the penultimate hole before finishing 19-under for the tournament.

Pavon had three birdies on the front nine, but disaster struck on the 12th with a triple bogey as he found water three times had to settle for a 70 and share second…

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