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Friedrichsen Wins Portuguese Inernational

Denmark's Sebastian Friedrichsen has won the 91st Portuguese International Amateur Championship.


The four-round stroke play event, organised by the Portuguese Golf Federation, is regularly ranked as one of the strongest amateur championships on the continent.


Originally scheduled for 24 to 27 February, the event was postponed due to Covid-19 related public health measures in Portugal to take place from 18 to 21 May. 


Despite just two players from Great Britain & Ireland on the starting list, the event attracted a strong international field of 118 players.


Sebastian Friedrichsen, who won the Boys' individual title at the 2018 European Young Masters, came out on top. The Danish player opened with a one-over-par 73, finding himself seven shots behind the leaders. He would recover well with two consecutive rounds of 67 (-5) in rounds two and three to get within just one shot of the lead. 


Heading into the final day, a number of players were in contention to win. Italy's Marco Florioli led the pack on -10, with 14 players, including former Jacques Léglise Trophy player, Alvaro Mueller-Baumgart, less than four shots behind.

Florioli would card a 71 (-1), his fourth successive under-par round in the tournament, to post a -11 total. 


Friedrichsen, playing in the same group, returned a round of 70 (-2) which included birdies at the 17th and 18th holes to force a playoff.


Friedrichsen would win the playoff against Florioli to claim the biggest title of his amateur career, while Alvaro Mueller-Baumgart claimed third position with a total of -10.


The full results from the championship can be accessed on the Portuguese Golf Federation's website.