“There were a couple of times where I had to tell myself to breathe. Even when I do tell myself to breathe it’s still quite tough. To make the six-footer on the last to win the match was a pretty good feeling,” explained Porteous.
Porteous found himself three down after four holes, but a strong run saw him draw the match back to all square through nine holes.
“To be three down after four, it’s tough to stay positive and keep fighting out there. To bring it back to all square after nine it was pretty motivating to then get onto the next nine and try and pull through and win the match,” he said.
Portoeus secured entry to the event thanks to his win at the Joburg Open, and he continues to show fine form on the European Tour.
“It was a good round, it was a tough match and you always know it’s going to be a tough match when you’re playing against a Scotsman in Scotland. But fair play to the spectators, they were awesome and they gave me the odd clap or two for when I deserved it. It was an awesome day.”
A quarterfinal showdown with Anthony Wall will be Porteous’ next obstacle, and if he succeeds he will face either Mximillian Kieffer or Oliver Fisher.