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George Coetzee takes fifth European Tour title at Portugal Masters
Article posted: 13 September 2020

George Coetzee picked up his fifth European Tour win with the Portugal Masters title.

The South African has been in fine form since returning to action and won the Titleist Championship on the Sunshine Tour last week.

George took a one-shot lead into the final round at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course and a bogey-free 66 was enough to take the title.

He is now projected to rise to 84 in the Official World Golf Rankings after his first win in Europe.

George's previous titles have come in South Africa (at the 2014 Joburg Open, the 2015 and 2018 Tshwane Open) and the 2015 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

He said: "That was the next step for me really (winning on European soil). I have always had a list of things I wanted to achieve in my career as a golfer and originally I never thought I would get as far as winning on the European Tour, so ticking that box a while back was really nice. Then I started to realise that I was a bit comfortable playing back home and I needed to go to the next step and win away from home.

"I was very nervous playing this course and knowing that there are booby traps around the corner every now and then, so stepping on to 18 and hitting the best drive I hit all week, I was shocked! I told my caddie, I can’t believe I just did that, and my preparation mentally kind of paid off as well."

"It has been my focus in lockdown. You would be surprised at the stuff I had been working on. I was actually doing keepy uppy with a football to see how many I could do to test my mental skills because we weren't allowed to do much else. 

"I was practicing darts, all sorts of funny things away from golf to work on my mental game, which was really exciting for me and I didn’t know what the end result was going to be but I am very happy to see that it is giving me victories."

Toby Tree finished 36th and Nino Bertasio was 50th in Vilamoura.

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