Oitavos Dunes

2008 Portuguese Open

The 2008 Portuguese Open saw Oitavos Dunes’s main defense, the wind off the Atlantic ocean lay down for the week.

This allowed for the previous course record of 65 being to be bettered by six players – defending champion Pablo Martin, Gregory Bourdy, Stephen Gallacher, Jean-François Remesy and Miles Tunicliff – all carding a 63 one of the rounds during the week.

2008 Portuguese Open

Pos.

Name

Country

To Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

Prize Money

1 Bourdy, Gregory FRA -18 63 65 68 70 266 €208,330.00
2 Forsyth, Alastair SCO -18 65 69 66 66 266 €108,565.00
2 Howell, David ENG -18 67 68 67 64 266 €108,565.00
4 Tunnicliff, Miles ENG -17 69 69 63 66 267 €62,500.00
5 Fdez-Castano, Gonzalo ESP -16 64 66 72 66 268 €53,000.00
6 McGraine, Damien IRL -15 67 69 67 66 269 €43,750.00
7 McGinley, Paul IRL -13 69 68 67 67 271 €34,375.00
7 Schwartzel, Charl RSA -13 65 70 66 70 271 €34,375.00
9 Baker, Peter ENG -12 67 69 69 67 272 €22,791.67
9 Edfors, Joahn SWE -12 68 68 69 67 272 €22,791.67
9 Khan, Simon ENG -12 65 67 72 68 272 €22,791.67
9 Lara, Jone Manual ESP -12 64 70 70 68 272 €22,791.67
9 McLardy, Andrew RSA -12 66 68 72 66 272 €22,791.67
9 Webster, Steve ENG -12 67 66 70 69 272 €22,761.67

Unlike the previous two Portuguese Opens held at Oitavos Dunes the 18th was not the deciding hole. Three men – David Howell, Gregory Bourdy and Alastair Foysyth – were level at 18 under par after 4 rounds, with Forsyth holing an incredible 22 footer for birdie on the 18th to make the playoff. Nevertheless it was just as dramatic!

All three players secured pars the first time down the 18th. On the second extra hole Forsyth found himself in “Barry Lane land”, on the sand dune on the left and failed to match the other two pars, leaving Howell and Bourdy to fight it out once again down the demanding 18th. Third time around two pars on 18 didn’t break the deadlock, and with the sun going down it was decided to play the difficult 17th to break the tie. Both players missed the green on their approach shots but Bourdy was able to scramble a par while Howell bogied. In good French fashion, fellow countrymen Thomas Levet and Jean-François Remesy greeted the 2008 Portuguese Open champion with a champagne shower on the 17th green.

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