Shane Lowry won his first tournament as a professional with a one shot victory over Englishman Ross Fisher at the European Tour’s Portugal Masters.
The Irishman, who won his national open as a amateur in 2007, recorded rounds of 67, 70, 67 and 66 to complete the event on 270, 14-under-par.
Lowry started the final round four strokes behind Austrian Berndt Wiesberger but surged to the top of the leaderboard after a birdie at 10 and an eagle two at 11.
He added two more birdies at 15 and 17, but a bogey five at the par-4 18th hole looked like it might have cost him victory.
Fisher, playing in the final group, needed a par on the 18th to force a play-off, but he left his birdie putt from the fringe five feet short before agonisingly lipping out for the most costly of bogeys.
“I cannot believe this. I can’t explain how I feel really, it’s a dream come true – I’m over the moon,” said Lowry.
“Everyone was referring to me as the fella who won the Irish Open as an amateur, but now I’ve won such a prestigious event I don’t know what to say.”I
With the victory Lowry has picked up a cheque for €375,000 and moved to 29th in the Race to Dubai standings.
Fisher finished alone in second place, with Michael Campbell, who made two consective cuts for the first time in three and a half years, alone in third on 12-under-par.
Overnight leader Wiesberger carded a final-round 73 to finish alone in fourth place, with Englishman Richard Finch completing the top five.
Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, Algarve, Portugal
October 12-15, purse €2,241,625
1. Shane Lowry 67-70-67-66 270 (-14) €375,000
2. Ross Fisher 65-67-69-70 271(-13) €250,000
3. Michael Campbell 68-69-67-68 272 (-12) €140,850
4. Berndt Wiesberger 70-65-65-73 273 (-11) €112,500
5. Richard Finch 70-68-66-70 274 (-10) €95,400
Bold signifies Titleist golf ball usage.