Nervous Thomas Pieters cards a closing 68 to win the Portugal Masters in a dramatic final round to secure his spot in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship
- Thomas Pieters played a final 68 to win the Portugal Masters on Sunday
- The Belgian secured a place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship
- The former Ryder Cup star was level with the top in the final phase
- He was two clear of Matthieu Pavon, Nicolai Hojgaard and Lucas Bjerregaard
Former Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters kept his nerves under control on a chaotic afternoon in Vilamoura to make a closing 68 and win the Portugal Masters – and a place in the season-closing DP World Tour Championship.
The Belgian was at the top in the closing stages, but finished 19 below, two shots ahead of Matthieu Pavon, Nicolai Hojgaard and Lucas Bjerregaard.
Pieters, who had only won once since 2016 – the Czech Masters in 2019 – said: “Two years is a long time.
Former Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters carded a closing 68 to win the Portugal Masters
‘In the meantime I have had a child, who talks and runs around. I’ve never missed the end of the Race to Dubai and didn’t want to miss it.
“I didn’t care if I finished first, second or third. I just wanted to get there, but winning is great.”
England’s Matthew Jordan finished 13 under, two shots away from Richard Bland.
The Belgian finished 19 under to keep two shots clear of his closest rivals in the closing stages