Por­te­ous finds qual­ity when it mat­ters as McIl­roy misses cut

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

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.

Dis­ap­point­ing sea­son

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.

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