Portugal Masters 2019: Course and current form stats for the European Tour's visit to the Algarve

2019 Portugal Masters: Vilamoura
The Victoria Course in Vilamoura is hosting the Portugal Masters for a 13th time

Andy Swales compiles course and current form stats for this week's Portugal Masters in Vilamoura...

"Another golfer who can combine a strong course history with above-average current form is Mikko Korhonen. The Finn has enjoyed three top-12 finishes at the Portugal Masters, which includes a tie-for-third three years ago."

This week's Portugal Masters brings down the curtain on 11 straight weeks in Europe, as the players return to Vilamoura for a 13th successive year.

First staged in 2007, the tournament usually attracts a solid field, with the golfers jostling for position at both ends of the Race to Dubai Standings at this important late stage in the season.

The Arnold Palmer-designed Victoria Course has undergone some extensive renovation work in recent months, and those heading to the Algarve this week will notice some subtle changes to the layout.

A stronger, more resilient strain of Bermuda grass has been grown in the rough, as well as to areas around the greens.

According to the European Tour website, "these changes will allow greenkeeping staff to alter the line of the fairways more easily, and present the course in tournament-ready condition."

A number of new trees have been added to three holes (2nd, 5th & 10th) which are "intended to prevent the longest hitters from cutting the corners of doglegs, and this will have an even greater bearing as the trees mature in the years ahead." There has also been the re-positioning of a number of bunkers.

Over the years, Vilamoura's Victoria Course has been one of the lowest scoring venues on the European Tour, with champions averaging more than 20 under par for 72 holes. The average winning total for the last four years alone is 262.

Mixed Bag Of Performances

Few of those teeing-up on Thursday can claim to be enjoying a strong current run of form.

One of the exceptions is Joachim B Hansen whose last three starts read: 2nd-25th-4th.

The 29-year-old Dane has been edging ever-closer to a maiden European Tour title in recent months.

He won twice on the Challenge Tour during 2018 and, at the weekend, came within one shot of taking French Open champion Nicolas Colsaerts into overtime at Le Golf National.

One stroke behind Hansen on Sunday was George Coetzee who stood on the podium at the Victoria Course as long ago as 2011.

The South African has posted two other top-10s in Vilamoura since then.

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Another golfer who can combine a strong course history with above-average current form is Mikko Korhonen.

The Finn has enjoyed three top-12 finishes at the Portugal Masters, which includes a tie-for-third three years ago.

Adri Arnaus goes again, following a week's rest, and the Spaniard should feel at home on Portugal's south coast.

Arnaus has had a solid season off the tee, while Ryan Fox, Chris Paisley and Andy Sullivan may also be worth a look this week.

All three were inside the top-25 in Paris on Sunday, with Sullivan a former champion in Vilamoura where Paisley's highest finish is tied-fifth.

Haven For Europeans

The Victoria course was opened 15 years ago and, within 12 months, had hosted the World Cup of Golf.

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

The greens are fairly large and undulating, so putting usually plays a huge part in deciding the outcome of the tournament.

Last year's champion Tom Lewis topped the category for Strokes Gained: Putting.

Long driving has also been a factor here, and this should remain the same providing the fairways continue to tempt the big hitters to blast the ball off the tee.

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

All but one of the 12 champions to be crowned here have been European, as have 14 of the 16 golfers to have finished either second, or tied-second.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33
Matt Wallace 7 15 41 3 MC
Eddie Pepperell 48 15 MC 35 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 45 MC 23 MC MC 28
Tom Lewis MC MC 5 MC MC 1 59 Wd
Lee Westwood 60 MC MC MC 28 MC
Adri Arnaus 48 4 MC MC 6 MC 2
Guido Migliozzi MC 48 MC MC 7 33
Mikko Korhonen 25 17 37 65 35 39
Martin Kaymer 5 MC MC 57 MC
Ryan Fox 18 18 54 MC 60 MC
Jordan Smith 54 24 5 24 MC MC MC
Andy Sullivan 23 MC MC 74 36 MC 20
Matthew Southgate MC 2 MC 10 46 MC 10 30
Adrian Otaegui MC 60 61 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Alexander Bjork MC MC Wd 51 22 28 20 23
Joakim Lagergren 60 3 24 7 20 MC 10
Oliver Wilson MC MC 34 MC 48 MC*
Sam Horsfield 14 34 34 31 49 14 43 10 3
Ross Fisher MC 25 17 MC 31 46 35
Dean Burmester 40 37 34 MC MC MC 3 58
Kalle Samooja 18 40 MC MC 2 47 51
Joachim B Hansen 2 25 4 MC MC 43 16 30
Alexander Levy MC 48 15 MC MC MC MC 5 18
Chris Paisley 8 40 MC MC 27 48 MC
Brandon Stone 26 MC MC MC 21 MC MC* MC
Jake McLeod 71 49 MC 27 63 MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC 33 MC MC 7 MC
Nacho Elvira MC 64 37 MC MC 36 MC
John Catlin 63 40 MC MC 29 30
Sihwan Kim 37 MC MC 17 MC 5 51
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 58 64 46 48
Shubhankar Sharma 40 7 MC 17 40 46 MC MC
Chris Wood MC MC MC 51 40 69 53
Louis De Jager MC Wd MC MC 12 MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin 48 10 5 Wd Wd MC
George Coetzee 3 48 MC 71 15 MC MC
Jeff Winther MC 4 36 11 37 70
Paul Dunne MC MC MC MC MC 27 MC MC 23
Robert Rock MC MC MC 70
Darren Fichardt 66 MC MC MC 56 43 MC 30
David Law MC MC MC 72 60 MC MC MC
Padraig Harrington MC 26 46 15 12 MC 58
Dimitrios Papadatos 23 MC MC 60 MC 39
Grant Forrest MC 61 56 MC MC 58 MC
Stephen Gallacher 32 25 MC MC MC 47 MC
Ashley Chesters 54 66 MC 21 15 9 72 MC 18
Lorenzo Gagli 32 MC MC MC MC 2 40 MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC 49 MC 27 MC MC
Nino Bertasio 34 23 MC Dq 49 20 Wd MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 65 40 40 26 MC MC MC 39
David Drysdale MC 63 MC MC MC MC 23
Jack Singh Brar MC MC 23 MC MC 64 33 37 14
Niklas Lemke 32 MC 67 9 MC 20 MC
Renato Paratore 40 48 MC MC 41 MC 12 20 39
Soren Kjeldsen MC 25 MC 41 55 MC MC 29 MC
Justin Walters 61 10 68 MC MC Wd MC 59 58
Thomas Aiken MC 23 MC MC
Lee Slattery 32 MC 37 52 MC 40 35 40 39
Anton Karlsson MC 63 67 MC MC MC* MC
Liam Johnston 61 MC MC MC 15 MC 61 MC 5
Hideto Tanihara MC MC MC MC 27 56 20 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 1 64 17 MC 57 MC MC 53 58
Matthieu Pavon 57 MC 46 MC MC MC 10 MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 48 10 MC 5 MC 27 MC MC MC* MC
Hugo Leon 8 MC MC 7 17 MC MC 5
Oliver Fisher 72 55 40 MC MC 22 MC MC 51
Clement Sordet MC 55 MC 46 75
Dave Horsey 32 34 45 46 MC 43 MC
Richard McEvoy 66 Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Jamie Donaldson 23 MC 23 MC 27 35 5 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 61 48 MC MC 41 MC MC 59 23
Bernd Ritthammer MC 51 MC 2 MC 59 MC
Romain Wattel 40 MC MC MC MC MC 6 MC MC 14
Haydn Porteous 57 MC MC Wd 55 35 29 11
Bradley Dredge 48 MC MC MC 10 61 47 39
Rikard Karlberg MC 33 58 6 46 46 53 5
Hyo Won Park MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 66 MC
Stuart Manley MC MC MC 55 22 76 MC 67
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 25 MC MC MC 66 MC MC 23
Robert Karlsson MC MC 34 MC MC 63 MC 10
Steven Brown 11 MC 37 MC 64 15 MC MC MC
Jens Dantorp MC MC 12 MC MC MC MC 48 40 MC
Trevor Immelman 23 MC MC 69 60 MC MC
Max Schmitt 69 MC MC MC 48 72 MC
Yusaku Miyazato 54 MC 23 MC 51 49 MC 48 MC
Kristoffer Reitan 18 MC MC MC MC MC MC 14
Thomas Bjorn MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 58
Tom Murray 26 MC MC MC MC MC 51
Ben Evans 40 37 MC 14 MC 66 18
Gavin Moynihan 5 10 MC 64 56 MC 47 MC
Alejandro Canizares 40 17 MC MC MC 40 MC
Pedro Figueiredo Dq MC 33 49 33 35 MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia 69 MC MC 40 MC MC 36 MC MC* 48
Matthew Nixon 67 MC MC 29 58
Joel Girrbach 55 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC 60 MC MC MC MC MC
David Borda MC MC 13 MC MC MC MC MC
Max Orrin 16 MC 36 59 46 70 MC
Daniel Gavins Dq MC 49 22 48 Wd 18
Michael Hoey 43 MC MC 66 MC MC
Adrien Saddier 32 MC MC 28 74 MC
Deyen Lawson 40 MC 55 MC MC 69 53 MC
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez MC 45 MC 66 59 23
Nick Cullen MC MC MC 63 MC* MC
Per Langfors MC 37 70 28 MC 53 MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 51 MC 46 40 MC
Sam Brazel MC MC MC 58 MC MC
Marc Warren 75 MC 65 MC Dq MC MC
Espen Kofstad MC MC 40 MC 48
Austin Connelly MC MC MC 47 Wd
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC MC MC MC
Steve Webster
Filippo Bergamaschi MC MC Wd MC MC MC MC
David Howell MC Wd MC MC MC MC 63 MC 30
Tomas Gouveia MC
Tomas Santos Silva MC MC 13
Scott Gregory Dq MC 28 MC MC
Tiago Cruz 49
Miguel Gaspar MC MC MC
Paul Lawrie
Michael Campbell MC MC MC MC MC
Joao Carlota MC
Tomas Guimaraes Bessa MC MC
Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues 66
Pedro Cruz Silva 63
Min Woo Lee 6 MC 36 MC MC*
Nicolai Hojgaard 66 MC MC 2 MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva 37 40 MC 48 MC
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09
Matt Wallace 44 39
Eddie Pepperell 2 3 MC 58 26
Lucas Bjerregaard 20 1 12 9 47
Tom Lewis 1 39 29 MC 58 38 49 1
Lee Westwood 1
Adri Arnaus
Guido Migliozzi
Mikko Korhonen 12 46 3 9
Martin Kaymer 50 13 MC 8
Ryan Fox 27 MC
Jordan Smith 27
Andy Sullivan 20 MC 2 1 47 46 37
Matthew Southgate MC 17
Adrian Otaegui MC MC 37 12
Alexander Bjork
Joakim Lagergren MC 17 MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC MC MC 9 19
Sam Horsfield MC 59
Ross Fisher 40 MC 33 8 2 27 27 MC
Dean Burmester 7
Kalle Samooja
Joachim B Hansen 37 33 MC
Alexander Levy MC MC 1
Chris Paisley 12 5 37 72
Brandon Stone MC
Jake McLeod
Pablo Larrazabal MC* MC MC 33 8 63 11 22 53
Nacho Elvira MC* 7 9 MC 21
John Catlin
Sihwan Kim MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 62 31 18 MC 22 MC 16 57 16
Shubhankar Sharma
Chris Wood 12 2 7 26 MC
Louis De Jager
Callum Shinkwin MC 46 17
George Coetzee 20 7 31 21 6 3
Jeff Winther MC 52 MC
Paul Dunne 44 MC 68
Robert Rock 34 MC 5 9 MC 26 MC 70 MC 19
Darren Fichardt 31 MC MC
David Law
Padraig Harrington MC 25 1 31 47 16 16 3
Dimitrios Papadatos
Grant Forrest
Stephen Gallacher 44 Wd 12 9 3 6 MC MC
Ashley Chesters 16 52
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 12 29
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC 61 44 MC 26
Nino Bertasio 69 12 61
Tapio Pulkkanen 63
David Drysdale MC MC 44 16 30 57 MC 66 MC MC
Jack Singh Brar MC
Niklas Lemke
Renato Paratore 27 73 57
Soren Kjeldsen 56 37 47 46 49 MC 22 MC
Justin Walters MC MC 17 37 21 2
Thomas Aiken MC* 46 37 25 12 38 27 23 27
Lee Slattery 65 MC MC MC 22 16 MC MC
Anton Karlsson 52
Liam Johnston
Hideto Tanihara MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 40 12 50 18 2 15 44 MC
Matthieu Pavon 44 39
Jeung-Hun Wang
Hugo Leon
Oliver Fisher 7 62 10 50 MC MC 44 12
Clement Sordet 40
Dave Horsey 44 22 47 51 MC 66 41
Richard McEvoy MC 22 MC MC 59 MC
Jamie Donaldson MC 6 6 8 MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 27 57 12 MC 2
Bernd Ritthammer MC 9
Romain Wattel MC MC 22 4 26
Haydn Porteous 20 MC MC
Bradley Dredge 16 46 52 38 58 26
Rikard Karlberg
Hyo Won Park
Stuart Manley MC MC Dq
Jacques Kruyswijk 34
Robert Karlsson MC 44 58 2 MC
Steven Brown MC 44
Jens Dantorp MC
Trevor Immelman
Max Schmitt
Yusaku Miyazato 70
Kristoffer Reitan
Thomas Bjorn 25 57 37 8 17 64
Tom Murray MC
Ben Evans 52 MC 53
Gavin Moynihan
Alejandro Canizares 56 59 31 44 MC 63 68 MC MC 26
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC MC 30 MC 27 23
Ricardo Gouveia 7 5 22 31 58
Matthew Nixon 44 MC 58 MC
Joel Girrbach
Raphael Jacquelin 7 MC 22 MC Dq 63 6 52 48 45
David Borda
Max Orrin
Daniel Gavins MC
Michael Hoey MC MC 7 MC 52 48
Adrien Saddier 16 33
Deyen Lawson
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
Nick Cullen MC
Per Langfors
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Sam Brazel MC MC
Marc Warren 63 2 12 37 21 MC MC 38 MC 53
Espen Kofstad 63
Austin Connelly MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC MC MC 12 MC
Steve Webster MC 59 66 33 MC 37 16 52 30
Filippo Bergamaschi
David Howell 63 MC MC 51 37 62 27 MC
Tomas Gouveia MC MC
Tomas Santos Silva MC MC MC 68 MC
Scott Gregory MC
Tiago Cruz MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Miguel Gaspar MC MC
Paul Lawrie 34 5 64 MC 38 11 27 MC
Michael Campbell 3 MC MC
Joao Carlota MC MC MC MC MC MC
Tomas Guimaraes Bessa MC
Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues
Pedro Cruz Silva
Min Woo Lee
Nicolai Hojgaard
Eduardo De La Riva 39 50 3 47 26 MC

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