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100-1 Lewis surges to  victory at Vilamoura

TOM LEWIS, prominent for so long in The Open at Sandwich when the leading amateur, claimed his maiden pro title at only the third attempt when firing a final round seven-under par 65 to win the Portugal Masters on Sunday by two shots.

Lewis, a 100-1 shot on Wednesday before the off in Vilamoura, surged to the top of a crowded leaderboard - with plenty of seasoned and star names on or around it - on the back of five birdies in six holes from the 12th.

And the later starters, such as Saturday night leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Christian Nilsson, Felipe Aguilar, Thomas Bjorn and Peter Hanson could not quite respond in kind to the 267, 21-under total.

Indeed, while Cabrera-Bello (second on own), Aguilar and Nilsson (co-third) still made the punters' places, most of the heavy scoring was done from just off the final day pace.

Gregory Havret and David Lynn shot 64s and George Coetzee carded a 65 to share third spot in the end and there were noteworthy finishes from Martin Kaymer, Jamie Donaldson, Pablo Larrazabal, Peter Lawrie and Steve Webster. 

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