After a break because of last week's matchplay tournaments, the Betting.Betfair golf team are back with their each-way selections using Betfair's Sportsbook product, and this week it's the Portgual Masters that takes centre stage...
"His last two performances at the Portugal Masters have yielded top 10 finishes so we know he likes the course."
Joe Dyer: Back Jamie Donaldson @ 29.028/1
This has been a frustrating year for Jamie Donaldson who looked on the cusp of a great season when taking the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January only to suffer with a back injury this summer. That early season win in the desert was just his second tour victory but, after years of toil, it seems the Welshman has taken his game up to unprecedented levels in the last few seasons. A back injury knocked the 37-year-old this summer but recent weeks have seen him at his best and he was one of GB&I's best performers at the Seve Trophy. His last two performances at the Portugal Masters have yielded top 10 finishes so we know he likes the course. While other players are tiring Donaldson looks ready to make amends for tournaments missed with another win.
Mike Norman: Back Felipe Aguilar @ 81.080/1
I seriously considered Joost Luiten for this event but wasn't at all pleased to see a quote of 19.018/1 about the in-form Dutchman, so instead it's another man who has done me a good turn recently who gets the nod. Felipe Aguilar has recorded eight top-10 finishes this season, and three top-four finishes including a few weeks ago when he was a 101.0100/1 each-way selection for the Italian Open. He finds lots of Greens in Regulation (ranks 14th in the European Tour stats for that category) which is crucial at this venue, and he has course form too, finishing third at the Oceanico Victoria course in 2011.
Steve Rawlings: Back Ricardo Santos @ 151.0150/1
In my Portugal Masters preview I highlighted the link between Doha, home of the Qatar Masters, and this week's venue, Oceânico Victoria. And Portugal's very own Ricardo Santos was one of those to affirm the correlation when he led the Qatar Masters after round one back in January. Ricardo is based at Oceânico Victoria so he knows it well, as his tied 16th last year testifies. Playing in front of a home crowd brings its own unique pressure but Santos has already proved that's the type of pressure he thrives upon as his only European Tour title to date came in his homeland at last year's Madeira Islands Open and 150.0149/1 he represents good each way value this week.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Emiliano Grillo @ 56.055/1
Emiliano Grillo will soon become a household name and this week's test could be the perfect opportunity to break through with his maiden victory. The Argentinian, still only 21, is getting more consistent by the week and his long game appears to be in superb shape. Not only has he finished top-20 on four of his last six outings, but Grillo ranked in the top-three for Greens in Regulation in each of those good weeks. There is no better indicator of a player's wellbeing than the GIR stats, so he looks well worth following on a regular basis whilst still available in excess of 50/1. His power off the tee will also be a useful asset around this layout.
Dan Geraghty: Back Shane Lowry @ 21.020/1
I see no reason to desert last years winner Shane Lowry. The Irishman hasn't missed a European Tour cut since February and could be peaking at the perfect time; Lowry registered his best result of the season when coming third at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last time out, his best performance in that tournament by some distance. Lowry tees off at 8:20am on Thursday with local favourite Ricardo Santos and Seve Trophy hero Jose Maria Olazabal but it's the defending champion that will take all the beating.