Portugal Masters 2018: Course and current form stats for this week's trip to the Algarve

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Check out the stats ahead of this week's Portugal Masters, with course and current form guides compiled by Andy Swales ...

"Ten of the 11 champions to be crowned here are European, with five of them English. And 13 of the 14 golfers to finish either second, or in a tie-for-second, were also European."

For a 12th successive year, the European Tour travels to the Algarve for this week's Portugal Masters.

The Arnold Palmer-designed Victoria course in Vilamoura was opened 14 years ago and, within 12 months, had hosted the 2005 World Cup of Golf.

Located around 16 miles from Faro, and approximately three from the coast, the Victoria layout is largely flat, exposed and has generously wide fairways - although a few of these have been slightly narrowed in recent years.

Its greens are large and undulating, so putting will play a huge part in deciding who takes home the trophy next Sunday.

With some sizeable lakes occupying this 90-hectare site, water comes into play on seven holes, although mainly on the back nine.

Ten of the 11 champions to be crowned here are European, with five of them English.

And 13 of the 14 golfers to finish either second, or in a tie-for-second, were also European.

In 2018, the Portugal Masters will be the final event ahead of next week's Ryder Cup.

Last Year's Winner

One golfer who can boast to having both good current form, and a strong course history, is defending champion Lucas Bjerregaard.

The Dane lost a play-off in the Swiss Alps two weeks ago, and is on a run of three successive top-10 finishes on the European Tour.

Chris Wood also belongs in this category, while Eddie Pepperell stood on the podium in the Algarve 12 months ago.

Sergio Garcia and Thorbjorn Olesen have made the journey to Portugal, as they try to sharpen their games before travelling to France for the Ryder Cup while for Belgian Thomas Detry, this week's tournament will provide him with an excellent opportunity to claim a maiden European Tour triumph.

Non-European Challenge

Charl Schwartzel may fancy his chances of becoming the first South African winner of the tournament, as he tees-up in Vilamoura for the first time in eight years.

The world No 60's four previous visits yielded a total of three T-10s, while his most recent start was a tie-for-eighth in the Omega European Masters.

His compatriot George Coetzee also has a decent record in Portugal, although his most recent top-10 finish came in April's Spanish Open.

Former Champions

Two former champs enjoying resurgences in form are Padraig Harrington and Tom Lewis.

Harrington, winner in 2016, has had recent back-to-back T-10s in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, while Lewis has played well on the Challenge Tour.

The Englishman, who claimed his maiden title in Portugal seven years ago, won the Bridgestone Challenge earlier this month and followed that up last weekend with a tie-for-third in Kazakhstan.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Position

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  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26
Sergio Garcia 24 MC 39 MC MC 8
Thorbjorn Olesen 20 4 56 3 12 6 MC
Hao Tong Li 24 MC Wd 39 39 23 MC 21
Matt Wallace 51 1 36 19 MC MC MC MC
Ross Fisher MC 59 65 17 39 MC MC
Charl Schwartzel 8 MC 42 31 9 MC
Eddie Pepperell 6 56 9 59 6 2 MC
Ryan Fox MC 30 27 39 6 2 44
Shane Lowry MC 12 15 12 MC 28 16
Jorge Campillo 15 55 MC MC 32 3 8
Alexander Levy 20 56 MC 13 MC 55 MC 65
Paul Dunne MC MC MC 66 67 MC 40 21
Lucas Bjerregaard 2 6 9 Wd 39 MC MC 61
Chris Wood 2 23 MC 28 MC 14 2
Mikko Korhonen 24 45 MC MC MC MC
Andy Sullivan 28 30 MC MC MC 6 21
Richard McEvoy 15 16 37 34 1 1 33 29
George Coetzee 44 35 MC MC 24 44
Hideto Tanihara 3 6 37 MC 5 MC 58 MC 56
Lucas Herbert 28 MC 44 5 18 29 51
Marcus Kinhult 56 49 45 61 MC 5
Jordan Smith 10 20 36 MC 64 MC 32 MC 21
Matthew Southgate 24 30 20 10 67 23 59 5
Joakim Lagergren MC MC 45 34 23 12 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 64 23 27 MC MC MC MC 42 19 MC
Gavin Green MC 12 MC 3 64 61 19 MC MC
Paul Waring MC MC MC 1 MC 72 MC
Andrew Johnston MC 35 MC 10 Wd
Benjamin Hebert 11 23 44 24 49 28 MC
Scott Jamieson 68 35 4 42 13 MC MC 40 MC
Paul Peterson 41 56 63 45 MC MC 2 21
Nacho Elvira MC 4 18 24 54 MC 49 53
Aaron Rai MC MC 24 24 MC 9 37 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 11 16 MC 49 MC
Julien Guerrier 36 23 MC 9 MC 54 55 64 MC
Kim Koivu MC MC 1 68 1 29 64 MC MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 6 12 12 MC 45 22 42 59 49
Dave Horsey 68 23 56 39 MC 40 27
Tom Lewis 3 1 65 6 29 3 MC 47 10
Sam Horsfield 64 MC 10 48 23 24 MC
Thomas Detry 3 MC 7 13 13 64 MC 16
Renato Paratore 36 MC 36 MC 2 MC 40 MC
Richie Ramsay 46 MC 12 MC 39 MC 40 MC
Matthieu Pavon MC 59 MC 29 54 42 10 MC
Sebastian Soderberg 24 2 25 MC 24 36 1 69 MC
Callum Shinkwin 16 20 65 48 MC MC Wd
Padraig Harrington 5 2 MC MC 50 MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous 28 16 37 36 6 MC MC 49 MC
Robert Rock MC 17 6 49 28 MC
Jens Dantorp Wd MC MC MC MC 3 76 44
Richard Sterne 43 17 39 14 37 31
Jason Scrivener 15 MC 69 18 61 MC MC MC
Matthias Schwab MC MC MC 9 MC 7 MC MC 37
Phachara Khongwatmai MC 8 12 9 MC 25 14 MC MC 49
Panupol Pittayarat 31 25 Wd MC 10
Ajeetesh Sandhu MC MC MC MC 43 MC 11
David Lipsky MC 35 MC 50 13 MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher 23 27 24 MC MC 9 MC 59
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 8 MC 55 MC MC
Steven Brown MC MC 2 MC MC 54 32 MC 37
Jacques Kruyswijk 46 MC MC 7 42 MC MC 61
Oliver Fisher MC MC 71 MC 39 32 28 MC
Maximilian Kieffer 36 35 29 3 29 MC MC MC
Romain Wattel MC 43 27 MC 5 MC 28 MC
Thomas Aiken 30 71 MC 2 29 MC 40 MC
Nino Bertasio 46 16 29 17 MC MC MC 16
Danny Willett 59 MC 18 MC 24 19 6 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC 44 34 48 MC MC MC
David Drysdale 6 30 34 MC MC 9 MC 28 MC
Connor Syme 57 MC MC 50 21 22 32 MC MC
Miguel Tabuena 11 10 Wd 5
Clement Sordet MC MC MC MC 17 64 58 MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC 53
Marc Warren MC MC MC MC 17 22 MC 49 Dq
Kalle Samooja 57 56 19 7 7 21 5 2
Andrew Dodt 46 MC MC MC 6 54 MC 72 MC
Austin Connelly 11 45 MC 50 MC MC MC MC 37
Ashun Wu 1 6 49 MC MC 11 MC Dq MC
Justin Walters 53 35 27 29 45 67 45 23 MC MC
Ashley Chesters 28 MC 9 59 29 MC MC 14 21
Jin Ho Choi 57 MC 49 68 42 29 49 64 MC
Ryan Evans MC MC 12 50 29 MC MC MC MC
Zander Lombard MC MC MC 1 MC 67 MC 6 MC
Pedro Oriol MC 59 27 MC 34 MC 64 MC 27
Oliver Farr MC MC 45 MC MC 64 49 MC MC
Jeff Winther MC MC MC 9 68 22 MC MC 31
Christofer Blomstrand MC MC MC MC 45 2 55 MC MC
Adrien Saddier Wd 65 56 MC MC 54 MC 19 MC
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC 36 32 49 MC
Nick Cullen MC 12 49 44 18 MC* MC 13
Marcel Siem MC MC MC MC MC 54 14 MC MC
Adilson Da Silva MC 18 2
James Morrison MC 56 34 36 61 68 32 49 49
Jbe Kruger 25 MC MC MC* 11 MC 13
Sebastian Heisele 64 MC MC 29 61 48 42 31 40
Jamie Donaldson MC 65 44 MC MC 53
Jonathan Thomson 15 MC 2 63 29 43 74
Sam Brazel 28 MC MC MC MC MC 35
Scott Fernandez MC MC 20 MC MC 63 58 MC MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen MC MC 30 7 MC* Wd 29
Chase Koepka 28 35 MC 61 MC MC MC MC MC
Nico Geyger 46 58 22 11 MC 45 MC MC MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 23 20 29 45 MC 42 19 MC
Alejandro Canizares MC MC MC MC 45 MC MC
Henric Sturehed 73 MC MC MC MC MC 54 Wd 12
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 50 MC MC MC 10 37
Bradley Dredge 6 MC 49 34 29 MC 69 44
Steve Webster 46 MC MC MC MC MC
Chris Hanson MC MC 45 65 45 MC MC Wd MC
Daniel Brooks Wd 5 MC MC MC MC MC 59 MC
Matteo Manassero 57 MC MC MC MC MC 64 MC
Peter Hanson MC MC 50 Wd 72 MC 49 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC MC 60 46 36 MC 32 37 MC
Charlie Ford MC MC 56 50 MC MC 75 MC
Gregory Havret 41 51 MC 74 MC MC MC 49
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC 37 MC 45 MC 32 64 31
Lasse Jensen MC MC MC MC 29 MC MC MC
Richard Bland 44 MC 56 44 61 MC MC MC 60
Gregory Bourdy 57 MC MC MC MC MC MC 64 MC
Ross McGowan 53 12 61 37 48 MC Wd 7 40
Jason Norris MC MC MC MC 55 MC MC MC
Felipe Aguilar 57 MC MC MC MC 29 69 37
Jeppe Pape Huldahl MC 40 MC 22 43 MC MC 5 24
Birgir Hafthorsson Wd MC 68 MC 48 MC 45
Sebastien Gros MC Wd MC 70 13 48 MC MC MC
Laurie Canter MC 16 MC MC 56 MC MC MC MC
Bradley Neil 68 MC Wd 69 21 MC MC MC
Matthew Baldwin 20 MC 12 36 MC MC MC MC MC
Jaco Van Zyl 28 59 MC MC MC
Eun Shin Park MC MC 40 MC 38 MC
Scott Henry MC 31 26 2 16 43 5 MC MC
Ashley Hall MC
Matthew Nixon 46 MC 37 24 34 9 24 MC
Mark Foster Wd Wd MC MC MC
Ricardo Santos MC MC MC MC Dq MC 21
Rak Hyun Cho MC MC MC 24 56 29 30 MC MC
Mark Tullo MC MC MC 34 MC
Pontus Widegren MC 73 9 MC MC 48
Ruaidhri McGee MC MC MC MC MC 47 4 MC
Joel Stalter MC 41 MC 34 45 Wd 29 MC
Daniel Im 41 MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Pep Angles MC 27 50 MC MC
Johan Edfors 64 65 45
Mikael Lundberg MC 50 MC Wd MC 43 39 MC 40 47
Soomin Lee 53 MC MC 29 MC 43 MC MC MC
Simon Khan 57 MC MC MC MC MC
David Howell MC MC MC 36 24 MC MC MC
Josh Geary 28 66 49 MC MC MC 61
Jack Munro MC MC MC MC MC Wd MC 13 Wd MC
Richard Green MC 45 14 MC
Tomas Gouveia
Angel Cabrera MC
Tiago Cruz MC 31 MC MC MC
Miguel Gaspar 62 57 MC 69
Pelle Edberg MC
Harry Ellis MC 36 MC MC MC MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC
Matthew Jordan 68
Joao Carlota MC MC 69
Vitor Lopes
Robin Dawson
Tomas Santos Silva MC MC 45
Yusaku Miyazato MC MC MC MC MC 47 Wd 14 MC
Sam Locke 40 MC 43 59 75
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Sergio Garcia
Thorbjorn Olesen 34 50 50 21 16 MC
Hao Tong Li 25
Matt Wallace 39
Ross Fisher MC 33 8 2 27 27 MC 3
Charl Schwartzel 9 6 MC
Eddie Pepperell 3 MC 58 26
Ryan Fox MC
Shane Lowry 29 33 MC 1 16 54 30
Jorge Campillo 29 44 6 MC 26 MC
Alexander Levy MC 1
Paul Dunne MC 68
Lucas Bjerregaard 1 12 9 47
Chris Wood 2 7 26 MC 10
Mikko Korhonen 46 3 9
Andy Sullivan MC 2 1 47 46 37
Richard McEvoy 22 MC MC 59 MC
George Coetzee 7 31 21 6 3
Hideto Tanihara
Lucas Herbert
Marcus Kinhult
Jordan Smith
Matthew Southgate 17
Joakim Lagergren 17 MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 12 50 18 2 15 44 MC
Gavin Green
Paul Waring 39 22 12 3 MC 58 41 30
Andrew Johnston 44
Benjamin Hebert 10 31 MC 72
Scott Jamieson 20 50 53 7 13 12 MC
Paul Peterson MC 50
Nacho Elvira 7 9 MC 21
Aaron Rai 52
Pablo Larrazabal MC MC 33 8 63 11 22 53
Julien Guerrier
Kim Koivu
Soren Kjeldsen 37 47 46 49 MC 22 MC 16
Dave Horsey 22 47 51 MC 66 41
Tom Lewis 39 29 MC 58 38 49 1
Sam Horsfield 59
Thomas Detry 20
Renato Paratore 73 57
Richie Ramsay 31 Wd 70 MC 41
Matthieu Pavon 39
Sebastian Soderberg 7
Callum Shinkwin 46 17
Padraig Harrington 25 1 31 47 16 16 3
Haydn Porteous MC MC
Robert Rock MC 5 9 MC 26 MC 70 MC 19 53
Jens Dantorp
Richard Sterne 20 MC MC
Jason Scrivener 29 17 57
Matthias Schwab
Phachara Khongwatmai 12
Panupol Pittayarat
Ajeetesh Sandhu
David Lipsky 5
Stephen Gallacher Wd 12 9 3 6 MC MC 48
Lorenzo Gagli MC 12 29
Steven Brown 44
Jacques Kruyswijk
Oliver Fisher 62 10 50 MC MC 44 12 38
Maximilian Kieffer MC 61 44 MC 26
Romain Wattel MC 22 4 26
Thomas Aiken 46 37 25 12 38 27 23 27
Nino Bertasio 12 61
Danny Willett 68 7 63 6 MC 6
Tapio Pulkkanen
David Drysdale MC 44 16 30 57 MC 66 MC MC
Connor Syme 12
Miguel Tabuena
Clement Sordet
Alvaro Quiros 62 31 18 MC 22 MC 16 57 16 1
Marc Warren 2 12 37 21 MC MC 38 MC 53 30
Kalle Samooja
Andrew Dodt 63 16 MC MC
Austin Connelly MC
Ashun Wu 7
Justin Walters MC 17 37 21 2
Ashley Chesters 52
Jin Ho Choi
Ryan Evans 73 30
Zander Lombard MC
Pedro Oriol MC MC
Oliver Farr MC
Jeff Winther 52 MC
Christofer Blomstrand
Adrien Saddier 33
Thongchai Jaidee 17 MC 23 9 19 MC
Nick Cullen
Marcel Siem 25 50 MC 21 17 68 59 MC 4 59
Adilson Da Silva
James Morrison MC MC MC MC 66 MC
Jbe Kruger 29 33 63
Sebastian Heisele 34
Jamie Donaldson 6 6 8 MC MC 38
Jonathan Thomson 25
Sam Brazel MC
Scott Fernandez
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Chase Koepka
Nico Geyger
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Alejandro Canizares 59 31 44 MC 63 68 MC MC 26
Henric Sturehed
Raphael Jacquelin MC 22 MC Dq 63 6 52 48 45 69
Bradley Dredge 46 52 38 58 26 16
Steve Webster 59 66 33 MC 37 16 52 30 3
Chris Hanson 65
Daniel Brooks 73 69 57 47
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC MC 12 MC
Peter Hanson 29 11 4 45
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 57 12 MC 2
Charlie Ford
Gregory Havret 39 MC 64 MC 70 MC 3 22 MC 59
Ricardo Gouveia 5 22 31 58
Lasse Jensen MC 31 37
Richard Bland 25 4 26 37 MC MC
Gregory Bourdy MC 44 7 55 MC 22 MC 7
Ross McGowan Ret MC 17 59 MC
Jason Norris MC
Felipe Aguilar 68 44 MC 3 38 37 3 MC MC 23
Jeppe Pape Huldahl MC 22 MC
Birgir Hafthorsson
Sebastien Gros MC MC
Laurie Canter 68 MC
Bradley Neil
Matthew Baldwin 50 58 15 37
Jaco Van Zyl 31 51 MC
Eun Shin Park
Scott Henry MC
Ashley Hall
Matthew Nixon MC 58 MC
Mark Foster MC MC MC Ret MC 16 59 64 MC 23
Ricardo Santos MC MC MC 16 MC 48 MC MC
Rak Hyun Cho
Mark Tullo MC 38
Pontus Widegren
Ruaidhri McGee
Joel Stalter 12
Daniel Im 69
Pep Angles MC
Johan Edfors 75 MC MC 27 23 41 6 45
Mikael Lundberg 76 70 MC MC MC MC MC
Soomin Lee
Simon Khan MC 12 33 16 16 MC 30 MC
David Howell MC MC 51 37 62 27 MC 30
Josh Geary
Jack Munro
Richard Green MC MC 18 Dq 17 37 70 1 42
Tomas Gouveia MC
Angel Cabrera 23
Tiago Cruz MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Miguel Gaspar MC
Pelle Edberg 66 MC MC MC
Harry Ellis
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC Dq MC MC MC
Matthew Jordan
Joao Carlota MC MC MC MC MC MC
Vitor Lopes MC MC
Robin Dawson
Tomas Santos Silva MC MC 68 MC
Yusaku Miyazato
Sam Locke
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