2005: Broadhurst sneaks in to win
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The closing holes at Oitavos Golf Club turned the Portugal Open into the tournament no one seemed to want.
Barry Lane and Paul Lawrie seemingly had turned the event into a two-man race April 3, but when Lawrie made triple-bogey 7 at No. 17 and Lane carded a 9 at No. 18, Paul Broadhurst suddenly owned his fifth PGA European Tour victory.
“Obviously I was relying on Barry or Paul to mess up a hole somewhere along the line,” said Broadhurst, who earned his first victory since the 1995 French Open. “But I feel a lot of sympathy for Barry – you don’t wish that on anybody because I’ve done it enough myself.”
Over the first nine holes Sunday, there was no indication of impending collapse by either Lawrie or Lane. Each shot 3-under 33 on the front nine and they came to the turn with Lawrie at 14 under and leading Lane by a stroke. They spent the next several holes battling for the lead, but when each blew up down the stretch, Broadhurst snatched the victory even though he bogeyed the 18th hole.
“I thought I was too far back early on, but I got a good run going,” said Broadhurst, who shot 67 Sunday to finish 13 under. “(Then) I drove into a bush on 18 and I thought I was going to have to settle for second.”
Broadhurst finished his round, however, and watched Lane and Lawrie stagger home.
“I was marking my card when Barry was teeing off and there was one in a bush, which I then hear was Barry’s ball, and then the next thing we hear that Paul has made 7,” said Broadhurst, who earned 208,330 euros (approximately $268,345) and moved to 14th on the Order of Merit. “But you still expect Barry to make 5 and then I was thinking playoff but we all saw what happened.”
Lane’s disaster at the closing hole not only opened the door for Broadhurst, but also for Portugal’s Jose Filipe Lima, who chipped in for birdie at No. 18 to finish third.
Broadhurst also was more than happy to take advantage of the situation. The 39-year-old from Walsall, England, ended a decade-long dry spell after winning once each in 1989, ’91, ’93 and ’95. He has had 33 top 10s in the past nine years, including runner-up finishes in 1996 and ’97, but his best finish this season had been a tie for 22nd at the China Open.
“This is probably one of the most surprising days of my career,” Broadhurst said.