Portugal Masters Each-Way Tips: Back George to triumph in the Algarve

It's time for George Coetzee to roar back to winning ways
It's time for George Coetzee to roar back to winning ways

We've already given you five each-way pointers for the PGA Tour so here is a trio of Portugal Masters selections courtesy of Mike Norman and Joe Dyer...

"Coetzee's course record of sixth in 2012 and third in 2011 shows he can play the Oceanico Victoria and he will do for us at odds of 34.033/1."

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places

Fancied Runner - Back George Coetzee @ 34.033/1

There are few more infuriating talents in world golf than George Coetzee. The sweet-swinging South African has all the tools to contend with the very best but struggles to make the breakthrough, with just one European Tour win to his name (the 2014 Joburg Open). Coetzee plays a light schedule but, ignoring the odd missed cut, has put together some impressive performances. In the first three months of the year he had won a tournament, been top five in two more, reached the last 16 of the WGC Accenture, and finished 16th at the high-quality WGC-Cadillac.

Before April he'd made nearly $600,000 in prize money. And since then? Well, he's played just 10 European Tour events, making the cut in four, including tied 25th last week. That suggests decent form and his course record of sixth in 2012 and third in 2011 shows he can play the Oceanico Victoria. George will do for us at odds of 34.033/1.

Mid-Ranker - Back Alvaro Quiros @ 80.079/1

Backing Alvaro Quiros each-way in this event is a bit of a no-brainer. Don't get us wrong, he's every bit as likely to throw in a stinker as he is likely to contend, but there are a few reasons to expect an improvement on recent weeks from the likeable Spaniard.

Quiros now resides in the Algarve so this is effectively his 'home' tournament, and it is one in which he has won previously. The 31-year-old triumphed at Oceanico Victoria in 2008, just 12 months after finishing 11th at the same venue, and he has also finished 16th here in two more recent renewals of the Portugal Masters. His recent form is nothing to shout home about but a top-20 finish at the Italian Open six weeks ago was encouraging.

If Quiros can produce some of his desert course form here - Steve Rawlings believes there's a strong correlation between some desert venues and this week's venue - or some of the form he showed earlier in the season when recording three top-six finishes, then he's no 80/1 shot in this field.

The Outsider - Back Felipe Aguilar @ 101.0100/1

We like Felipe Aguilar at Betting.Betfair Towers and at 100-1 we're happy to make him our long-shot of the week. The hugely accurate Chilean was in fine form early in the season, winning The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore, but has been forced to settle for solid but unspectacular efforts at middling European Tour events throughout the summer.

Nevertheless, Aguilar hasn't missed a cut since June and this consistent performer is just the type to outperform his odds at a course where he has a best finish of third (2011).

Click here to read Steve Rawlings' in-depth preview of the Portugal Masters

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