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Paul Broadhurst successfully defends title

Britain's Paul Broadhurst birdied the final hole to retain his Portuguese Open title by a stroke from compatriot Anthony Wall on Sunday.

Broadhurst closed with a five-under-par 67 to total 17-under-par 271.

The victory, Broadhurst's sixth European Tour title, gives the 40-year-old a chance of playing in his second Ryder Cup, 15 years after his sole appearance. He has moved to eighth on the Cup points table.

"The Portuguese Open is probably less pressure than the Ryder Cup but today was a big test," Broadhurst told reporters.

"I wanted to test myself under the cosh.

"(Ryder Cup captain) Ian (Woosnam) has rung me already to congratulate me," added Broadhurst. "Obviously I'd love to play again."

Last year's win in Estoril was Broadhurst's first for 10 years. He is only the second player to achieve back-to-back victories in the event. The other man to do it was Sam Torrance, son of his coach Bob Torrance.

"Bob will be really pleased. My win is a tribute to his hard work," said Broadhurst.

The Englishman, who had led the first two rounds and equalled the course record of 64 on Thursday, began the day a stroke adrift of Ricardo Gonzalez but the Argentine lost ground with an opening bogey.

Broadhurst then charged into what proved to be an unassailable position with five birdies in six holes from the second, establishing a three-shot advantage by the turn.

Argentine Andres Romero provided the challenge to Broadhurst for a time, moving to within a stroke after the Englishman double-bogeyed the 13th.

A better finish by Wall, who birdied three of the last four holes, took him past Romero and put Broadhurst under pressure.

Wall picked up a shot on the 18th for a 67 and Broadhurst bogeyed the 17th, to put the pair on equal terms.

However, after overshooting the green on the last, Broadhurst produced an accomplished chip to 18 inches to claim victory.

Wall had to be content with his best finish since his 2000 Alfred Dunhill success. Romero, a qualifier from the Challenge Tour last year, had his best career finish, closing with a 66, the joint-best round of the day, to hold off Gonzalez (71) and South African Charl Schwartzel (68).

Woosnam shot a 69 to finish 11 strokes away from Broadhurst in 19th place on six-under before flying to Augusta for the first major of the season.



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