Goddard’s birdie blitz secures Portuguese Amateur title

Harry Goddard fired off four birdies in his final five holes to claim a stunning victory today in the 90th Portuguese Amateur Championship.

The England ‘A’ Squad player carded a six-under par final round of 66 to win the event by one shot from Spain’s Eduard Rousaud and Portugal’s Pedro Lencart Silva.

The Hertfordshire golfer had opened with three rounds of 71, 65 and 67 to head into the final round at the Montado Golf Resort in a tie for third place.

And Goddard thought his chance had gone when bogeys at 12 and 13 in his final round left him with a mountain to climb.

However, three birdies in a row from 14 and then a nerveless ten-foot putt for a two on the 72nd hole was good enough to earn the 20-year-old the biggest win of his career.

Goddard admitted: “I didn’t know at the time that my putt on 18 was for a win.

“I thought I would have to hole it to get into a play-off. But as it turned out my nearest two rivals could only manage a par and a bogey at the last and my score was good enough to win.

“I’m thrilled to get over the line. I had a chance to win the Lytham trophy last year, but came up just short and it feels as if a win has been a long time coming.

“To win this event is really special.”

Goddard’s victory is the third major trophy for England squad players since the turn of the year.

Charlotte Heath claimed the Australian Women’s Amateur title last month while Ben Schmidt fought off countryman Callum Farr to win the New South Wales Amateur Championship.

Goddard – a former England boys’ international – is part of the England men’s squad set-up for 2020 and hopes this win is a launchpad for his season.

He added: “I hope I can kick on now and enjoy a really good year.”

Kent duo Joshua Bristow and Mason Essam enjoyed a good week in Portugal – Bristow finished fifth on a score of -14 while Essam was 10th two shots further back.