Porteous finds quality when it matters as McIlroy misses cut
South Africa’s Haydn Porteous overturned a two-shot deficit in the final round to win his second European Tour title in the Czech Masters.
Porteous carded a closing 69 to finish 13 under par and two shots clear of England’s Lee Slattery, with Tom Lewis and Sweden’s Pontus Widegren a shot further back.
Slattery’s overnight lead was quickly wiped as Porteous birdied the first two holes at the at Albatross Golf Resort and, after dropping a shot on the fourth, the 23-year-old from Johannebusrg also birdied the seventh and ninth to move back in front.
Both men bogeyed the par-five 10th and Porteous also dropped another shot on the 11th, allowing Slattery to regain the lead with just his second birdie of the day on the 13th.
However, Porteous immediately hit back to birdie the next and produced a moment of real quality when it mattered the most, firing a superb tee shot to within two feet of the pin on the dangerous 16th.
Slattery had dropped a shot on the 15th after finding a bunker off the tee, but also birdied the 16th to keep up the pressure before making a bogey on the last after pulling his approach left of the green.
Rory McIlroy’s disappointing season continued on Saturday as the defending champion missed the cut in the Dell Technologies Championship.
McIlroy, whose victory in this tournament after a final round of 65 gave him the springboard to go on and win the overall FedEx Cup title, has not tasted victory since after an injury-plagued season and faces a battle simply to qualify for the season-ending tournament at East Lake after a second round of 74 left him four over par.
That was one shot outside the cut and an early exit saw the four-time major winner drop to 50th in the FedEx Cup standings, with only the top 30 after the BMW Championship on September 17th qualifying for the Tour Championship.