Big-hitting Alvaro Quiros of Spain won the Portugal Masters by three strokes on Sunday and dedicated his victory to Seve Ballesteros who is fighting for his life after surgery to remove a brain tumour.
The 25-year-old from Cadiz carded a final round 68 for a 19 under par total at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course while European Order of Merit leader
Robert Karlsson had to settle for a share of third place after carding a 71.
The giant Swede conceded second spot to 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie of Scotland who shot a 67 to finish three strokes behind the winner.
Quiros said his thoughts were with compatriot Ballesteros who is still recovering from surgery in a Madrid hospital.
“My caddy told me that Seve always wanted to beat everybody and today I drew inspiration from thinking about the way he played his golf,” said Quiros who clinched the title in style by sinking a five foot birdie putt on the 18th green.
Quiros was up early on Sunday to complete his third round after a thunderstorm forced play to be abandoned early on Saturday and in completing five holes he moved one shot ahead of the field.
In his final round, he birdied the opening hole with a 50 foot putt but then bogeyed the second. The lead changed several times.
A birdie at the second took Ross Fisher to the top and after an early dropped shot, Karlsson then produced three successive birdies.
But Fisher dropped back with a run of three successive bogeys and Karlsson found water at the 17th.
Lawrie, who produced his best tournament finish for three years, had previously only managed one top ten finish this year and was visibly relieved after his closing 67.
“I did my part and I didn’t play that well today, so there we go,” said the Scotsman.
“But I had a chance up until the 17th where I hit a poor shot, but it’s been one of those weeks where I haven’t hit the ball great, and when it’s been in between it’s just been a bit, and I’ve had a few indifferent shots.”