Portugal Masters

Sullivan wins by nine as McGrane signs off in style

Damien McGrane signed off as a full-time European Tour player with his best round for eighth months in the Portugal Masters.

Sullivan wins by nine as McGrane signs off in style

Spaceman Sullivan on another planet, Harrington 15 behind

Padraig Harrington was the lone Irish mover in round three of the Portugal Masters but he still trails leader Andy Sullivan by 15 strokes heading into Sunday's 8am shotgun start on the Algarve.

Spaceman Sullivan on another planet, Harrington 15 behind

Q-School threat for Irish after Portugal misses

Gareth Maybin, Simon Thornton, Kevin Phelan and Peter Lawrie have two events to save their European Tour cards after missing the cut in the Portugal Masters.

Q-School threat for Irish after Portugal misses

Hoey in contention at 54-hole Portugal Masters

Michael Hoey has won five times on tour since 2009 and he's in with a chance of making it six after picking up four birdies in the weather suspended second round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura.

Hoey in contention at 54-hole Portugal Masters

Thornton takes another small step as Lynn makes giant leap in Portugal

Simon Thornton watches his opening tee shot in the final round of the Portugal Masters. Picture: Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieTwo bogeys in his last three holes might have cost Simon Thornton €53,800 but the Newcastle professional’s was still pleased to add another notch to his belt in terms of experience as he finished tied for eighth behind a fast-finishing David Lynn in the Portugal Masters at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.

Improved Thornton on the brink again

Simon ThorntonSimon Thornton tees off on the first in Saturday’s third round. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieSimon Thornton’s more professional attitude to the game has paid off over the past six minths and a second win of the season in the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura on Sunday would catapult him into the big time and earn him a place in the HSBC Champions.

Helter skelter continues for Lawrie

Peter LawriePeter Lawrie cannot understand why he has lost form over the past two months. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieShane Lowry might have been somewhat bewildered by his inability to judge the inconsistent greens as he made a valiant effort but eventually missed the cut in his Portugal Masters title defence. But Peter Lawrie is simply mystified as to why his world has been turned upside down in the space of just two months.

Peter Lawrie on card battle: "It's been horrendous and it's all my own doing"

Peter Lawrie admits his battle to keep his card has been “horrendous” Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.iePeter Lawrie admits he’s had sleepless night about his struggle to retain his European Tour card.

Harrington 99th in the world

Padraig Harrington and Sharon SmurfitPádraig Harrington with Sharon Smurfit, Director of Membership at The K Club, before a clinic with juniors there on Saturday. Pádraig Harrington is 99th in the latest Official World Golf Ranking - his lowest position for more than 14 years.