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Portuguese Open
Le Meridien
Penina, Portugal
19th - 22nd March 1998

Par 73 Prize Money 350,000

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Peter Mitchell wins by one shot for his third European Tour victory

Penina, Algarve, 22nd March 1998 - Peter Mitchell of England earned his third career PGA European Tour victory today, firing a 3-under-par 70 round to take the Portuguese Open by one stroke.

Mitchell finished at 18-under 274, edging Swede Jarmo Sandelin and Englishman David Gilford, who tied for second. Tied for fourth at 276 over the 6,903-yard Penina course were Scotsman Sam Torrance, Spaniard Eduardo Romero and England's Jonathan Lomas.

Mitchell, winner of the Austrian Open in 1992 and the Madeira Island Open last year, received $96,244.

Sandelin, winner of the Canary Islands Open in 1995 and the 1996 Madeira Island Open, carded a final-round 67. He missed a chance to force a playoff by three-putting from just off the edge of the green at the final hole.

Seve Ballesteros, winless in three years, shot a closing 76 and finished at 290.