Lowry fires his way to victory in Portugal

OFFALY golfer Shane Lowry registered his first win as a professional on European Tour when he came from behind to win the Portugal Masters.

OFFALY golfer Shane Lowry registered his first win as a professional on European Tour when he came from behind to win the Portugal Masters.

In doing do he became only the second player to win on tour as both an amateur and a professional.

Lowry shot a stunning final round of six under par 66 to finish one ahead of Ross Fisher.

On a final day of high drama, he was one under at the turn for his round but a spectacular eagle two on the 11th from the fairway with his 7 iron after a birdie on 10 got him right into the hunt.

He also birdied the 15th and the 17th but a wayward tee shot on the last eventually ended with a bogey to leave him in the lead in the clubhouse.

England's Ross Fisher needed a par on the last to force a play-off but he missed from close range to leave Lowry as the tournament winner.

The result brings his winnings for the year to over €727,000 and shoots him up to 29th in the Race to Dubai and guarantees his place in the lucrative end of season tournament.