European Golf Tour
PGA European - Portugal Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 10th through Sunday, October 13th
SITE: Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (2004)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,209
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 4 446 Yds
2 - Par 4 358 Yds
3 - Par 4 481 Yds
4 - Par 4 407 Yds
5 - Par 5 579 Yds
6 - Par 3 218 Yds
7 - Par 4 510 Yds
8 - Par 3 168 Yds
9 - Par 4 442 Yds
35 3,609 Yds
10 - Par 4 406 Yds
11 - Par 4 385 Yds
12 - Par 5 610 Yds
13 - Par 3 200 Yds
14 - Par 4 424 Yds
15 - Par 4 315 Yds
16 - Par 3 208 Yds
17 - Par 5 589 Yds
18 - Par 4 463 Yds
36 3,600 Yds
Annual:  7th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Shane Lowry
Runner-Up:  Ross Fisher
Tournament Record:  263 (Steve Webster, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Retief Goosen, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Francesco Molinari, 2009)
Course Record:  61 (Martin Kaymer, 2007; Jeppe Huldahl, 2010)
Total Purse:  $2,714,764 (2,000,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $452,428; 2nd Place - $301,619; 3rd Place - $169,933
2012 Finish
Shane Lowry270Jamie Donaldson276
Ross Fisher271Stephen Gallacher276
Michael Campbell272Raphael Jacquelin276
Bernd Wiesberger273Henrik Stenson276
Richard Finch274George Coetzee276
Danny Willett276
Past Portugal Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Shane Lowry (270) -- Ross Fisher
2011Tom Lewis (267) -- Rafael Cabrera-Bello
2010Richard Green (270) -- R.Karlsson, G.Fdez-Castano, F.Molinari, J.Luiten
2009Lee Westwood (265) -- Francesco Molinari
2008Alvaro Quiros (269) -- Paul Lawrie
2007Steve Webster (263) -- Robert Karlsson

Top Contenders in the Field
Shane Lowry------T-30T-54T-16Won
Ross FisherT-7T-3mcT-27T-272nd
Jamie Donaldson---T-38mcmcT-8T-6
Lorenzo Gagli------------T-29T-12
Matteo Manassero---------mc---T-12
Francesco MolinariT-31T-382ndT-2T-38T-16
Anthony WallT-21T-10T-12T-41T-38T-16
Miguel A. Jimenez73rdT-38T-53T-36mcT-27
Thomas BjornT-46mcT-64T-17T-8T-37
Steve WebsterWonT-3T-30T-52T-16T-37
Richard Green---T-42---WonT-70T-37
Tom Lewis------------WonT-49
Raf. Cabrera-Bello------T-45T-412ndT-55
David LynnT-40T-14T-41wdT-3mc
Martin KaymerT-7T-30------T-8mc
Alvaro Quiros11thWonT-1657thT-16mc
Joost Luiten---------T-2T-29mc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Miguel Angel Jimenez
Darkhorse - Tom Lewis
Last Week's Pick to Win (Continental Europe) - Won
NOTES:The European Tour travels to Portugal this week for the
Portugal Masters. This is the final tournament to be played in Europe for 2013.

Six of the top 50 players in the world are in the field. Matteo Manassero is the highest-ranked player at No. 31 in the world. He is joined by Martin Kaymer (37), Miguel Angel Jimenez (43), Jamie Donaldson (44), Thomas Bjorn (46) and Francesco Molinari (47).

This event is being held at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal, for the seventh straight year. The course was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer and opened for play in 2004. Victoria also hosted the 2005 World Cup, won by Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge of Wales.

This is the second tournament held in Portugal this season, with American Peter Uihlein winning the Madeira Islands Open in May. Uihlein is also in the field this week. He has one win and two runner-up finishes on the European Tour this season.

This is the fifth different official European Tour event to be held on Portuguese soil since 1973. They are: Estoril Open de Portugal (from 1973-2010 -- not played in 1980-81), Madeira Islands Open (1993 onwards), Vinho Verde Atlantic Open (1990) and Estoril Open (1999).

Last year, Shane Lowry carded a 5-under 66 in the final round to win by a single stroke over Ross Fisher. Lowry finished at 14-under 270 and locked up his first European Tour win as a professional when Fisher's par putt on No. 18 rimmed out. Lowry's only other tour victory came in 2009, when he won the Irish Open as an amateur. With this triumph, the Irishman became just the second player to win on the European Tour as both a amateur and a professional -- Pablo Martin was the other.

In 2011, it took Tom Lewis only three professional starts before he became a champion on the European Tour. Lewis, who as an amateur shared the first-round lead of the 2011 British Open Championship, fired a 7-under 65 in the final round to earn his first title. The 20-year-old finished at 21-under 267 and won by two strokes over Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Australian Richard Green carded a 7-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win in 2010. Green finished the championship at 18-under 270 and earned a 2-stroke victory. His 7-shot comeback matched the largest on the European Tour in 2010.

In 2009, Lee Westwood made an unbelievable birdie from behind trees at the 17th hole in the final round en route to a come-from-behind victory. Westwood fired a 6-under 66 on the final day and won the title at 23-under-par 265, which was good enough for a 2-stroke victory over Francesco Molinari. Westwood collected his 19th European Tour victory and first since the 2007 British Masters. The first-place check moved Westwood to first in the Race to Dubai, which is where he would finish at the end of the year. The Englishman had not been on top of the money list since he won the money race in 2000.

The European Tour moves to Australia next week for the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, where American Bo Van Pelt won the inaugural event last year.

10/08 17:25:58 ET

As of October 8, 2013, at 05:26 PM ET