Portugal Masters 2020: Course and current form stats as the European Tour heads to the Algarve

Portugal Masters 2020 at the Victoria Course, Vilamoura
There are some sizeable expanses of water at the Victoria Course, particularly on the back nine
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Andy Swales supplies the stats ahead of this week's Portugal Masters which returns to the Victoria Course in Vilamoura for a 14th straight year...

"Nine of the previous 13 winners were from Britain or Ireland, with just one non-European taking the chequered flag. Scoring is usually on the low side with no champion, as yet, posting a higher 72-hole total than 270."

Part two of the European Tour's Iberian trilogy takes the players to the Algarve for this week's Portugal Masters.

Vilamoura's Victoria Course has been part of the Tour's annual schedule since 2007, but this year's instalment will have to take place behind closed doors.

The Arnold Palmer-designed course made its professional debut 15 years ago when it hosted the World Cup of Golf.

This year's Portugal Masters will take place earlier in the calendar than the previous 13 - the original pre-lockdown date had been late October.

Prior to last year's event, a number of modifications were made to the course.

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

Located around 16 miles from 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 larger than average, as well as undulating, with putting usually playing a significant role in deciding the outcome of the tournament.

Putting stats significant

In 2018, winner Tom Lewis topped the table for Strokes Gained: Putting, while 12 months later champion Steve Brown was second in the same category.

This well-bunkered course has water in play on eight holes, mainly on the back nine where there are some sizeable lakes and ponds.

Nine of the previous 13 winners were from Britain or Ireland, with just one non-European taking the chequered flag. That was Australian Richard Green 10 years ago.

Scoring is usually on the low side with no champion, as yet, posting a higher 72-hole total than 270.

Mediocre field

For reasons such as Covid-19, travel concerns and the close proximity of the US Open, this year's Portugal Masters has arguably the weakest field in the history of the tournament.

Two names that standout are those of Frenchman Benjamin Hebert and Jorge Campillo of Spain.

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The 33-year-old Hebert is a four-time runner-up on the European Tour and tied-third at The Belfry two weeks ago.

He is also a six-time winner on the Challenge Tour, although his most recent victory came six years ago.

Campillo, champion in Qatar just before lockdown, has played pretty steadily in recent weeks, so another top-10 in the Algarve is a strong possibility.

Other contenders

Marcus Kinhult and Ryan Fox must also be in the frame and don't discount South African George Coetzee.

Back home on the Sunshine Tour, Coetzee has gone T-2nd-Won these past two weeks.

Coetzee has a solid history over the Victoria Course where his seven starts have yielded six T-25s, three T-10s, including one podium finish.

And if you're looking for a complete outsider to earn you some each-way cash, then world No.500 Dave Coupland might be worth investigating.

The 34-year-old from Lincolnshire is currently fifth in the European Tour category for Strokes Gained: Putting, and has posted three top-25 finishes post lockdown.

A real long shot certainly, but in this week's field few players standout.

Note: Tommy Fleetwood is a late entry into this week's event, receiving a sponsor's invitation. The world No 16 is one of only two players from the world's top 100 teeing-up in Vilamoura. The other is No 91 Paul Waring.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27
Paul Waring 52 19
Benjamin Hebert MC 3 MC 34
Jorge Campillo 17 7 8 MC MC
Hao Tong Li Wd 31 8 17 75 MC
Joost Luiten 52 MC 51 MC 6 18
Marcus Kinhult MC 13 15 MC 38 14
John Catlin 1 25 MC 6 51 43 8
Andrea Pavan MC Wd MC 34 MC 38
Ryan Fox 28 15 57 19 15 8
Francesco Laporta 68 MC 57 MC MC 57 55
George Coetzee 1 2 MC
Wade Ormsby 31 25
Guido Migliozzi 6 MC 57 MC MC 60
Matthew Jordan 52 19 3 47 MC MC 17
Calum Hill MC 9 8 39 MC 26
Sebastian Soderberg MC 5 10 77 35
Jason Scrivener MC 8 14 14 47 29 MC
Jordan Smith Wd MC 27 22 14 MC 35
Scott Vincent MC 31 68 22 9 MC 60 18 25
Lucas Bjerregaard 58 MC MC MC MC
Brandon Stone MC 27 MC 6 MC 68
Pablo Larrazabal 24 MC 70 65 51 21
Jack Senior 28 63 22 44 MC 21
Ross Fisher 39 MC 27 MC 22 MC
Sebastian Heisele 15 14 24 MC
Matthew Southgate 24 MC 73 27 61 22 35
Kalle Samooja MC MC 65 34 MC
Antoine Rozner 3 MC MC 26 10 60 44
Alexander Bjork 57 MC 27 3 47 20
Darius Van Driel MC 11 44 MC 51 MC 4
Chris Paisley MC 27 MC 19 3 MC
Adrian Meronk MC 68 6 34 MC 21 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 48 17 66 34 MC
Justin Walters MC 2 MC 39 MC MC MC
Wil Besseling 3 MC 53 11 63 34 MC 3
Zander Lombard Wd Wd 53 MC MC MC MC
Steven Brown 10 MC 31 5 65 MC
Joakim Lagergren 24 MC Re 26
Masahiro Kawamura 8 47 37 MC MC MC MC
Robin Roussel 62 MC 26 MC 21 62
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 66 MC 27 Dq MC 10 MC 4
Ashun Wu 31
Joel Stalter MC MC 28 1 15
Richard Bland 62 19 MC 56 22 38
Maverick Antcliff MC MC 31 MC 67 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 17 MC MC 3 MC
Matthieu Pavon MC 64 MC 6 26
Marcus Armitage MC 7 27 MC 14 15 MC
Joel Sjoholm MC 58 MC 57 MC 22 MC MC 44
Lorenzo Gagli 10 MC 14 34 9 25
Cormac Sharvin MC 63 31 19 47 MC
Johannes Veerman 10 MC 34 28 17
Dale Whitnell MC 27 31 MC 51 4
Nino Bertasio MC Wd
David Drysdale Re 56 MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC MC 63 MC MC
Julian Suri 39 MC 66 MC MC MC
Robert Rock MC 37 15 4
Ricardo Santos 68 44 57 MC
Adrien Saddier 71 MC 44 MC MC MC 18
Wilco Nienaber 6 51 MC 22 4
Anton Karlsson MC 73 MC MC 55 12
Bryce Easton 62 19 MC MC 56 MC MC
Grant Forrest 66 MC 69 34 65
Laurie Canter 13 5 MC 34 10 29
Niklas Lemke MC 72 MC MC 41 53
Jake McLeod 57 31 44 14 MC MC 67
Nacho Elvira 68 44 39 MC MC 29
Rhys Enoch MC 55 MC 31 68 57 MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson Wd MC MC MC MC
Philip Eriksson MC MC 13 8 35
Jacques Kruyswijk MC MC 14 MC
Jose-Filipe Lima
Ewen Ferguson 24 MC MC 19 MC MC MC MC
Jamie Donaldson 10 31 14 15 MC
Marcel Schneider 31 MC MC 53 57 63 2
Alvaro Quiros 17 MC MC MC 53
Ben Stow 57 MC 73 26 34 10 MC
Andres Romero MC
Maximilian Kieffer 17 44 14 MC 6 MC 55
Sihwan Kim MC MC 63 47 44 47 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC 63 63 MC MC
Jbe Kruger 77 MC MC MC
Oliver Fisher Wd 76 MC 26 MC 7
Zach Murray MC MC MC MC
Lars Van Meijel MC 37 MC MC MC 53 MC
Alexander Levy 41 MC 47 MC
Stephen Gallacher 51 MC MC
Craig Howie 31 5 21 MC 4
Haydn Porteous MC Wd MC MC MC 69 Wd
Gregory Havret 41 MC 38
Daan Huizing MC 21 MC MC 29 MC 25
Damien Perrier 31 58 53 57 MC 9 MC
Rikard Karlberg 74 31 MC 41 26 24 34
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC MC MC 70 MC MC MC
Benjamin Poke MC MC MC MC 41 47
Jonathan Caldwell 62 39 76 47 MC MC 8
Dave Coupland 24 28 MC 9 15 53
Paul Dunne MC 73 MC MC 38
David Law MC 37 71 MC 38
Mathieu Fenasse MC 21 MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares 41 MC MC MC 44 MC MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC MC MC 28 15
Liam Johnston 63 15 MC MC MC
Hurly Long MC MC 43 34
Robin Petersson 52 28 MC 14
Matthew Baldwin MC 59 MC MC MC MC 31
Julien Guerrier 41 MC 56 15 MC
Martin Simonsen 31 MC 47 26 MC 39
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC MC MC MC 55
Toby Tree 48 MC 39 44 Wd 29
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 52 MC 71 38
Jonathan Thomson Wd 64 25
Ben Evans 71 15 MC MC MC 51 MC
Robbie Van West 43 MC 72
Garrick Porteous MC MC MC MC 22 65
Max Schmitt 71 MC MC MC 28 67
Eduardo De La Riva MC MC MC MC MC 34
Thomas Bjorn 57 31 MC MC 69 MC
Richard McEvoy MC 63 62 57 MC
Marcel Siem MC 27 43 23
Will Enefer 11
Ricardo Gouveia MC 36 MC
Tomas Santos Silva
Carlos Pigem 41 MC 74 MC 63 MC 23
Peter Hanson MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 24
David Howell MC MC MC 68 MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin 74 62 MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC MC 47 MC
Niall Kearney 23 MC MC
Tom Gandy MC 51 MC MC
Vitor Lopes
Jose Maria Olazabal MC
Steve Webster
Kristoffer Broberg MC
Miguel Gaspar
Tomas Guimaraes Bessa
Pedro Lencart
Tommy Fleetwood 44 59 29 35 MC
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Paul Waring MC 39 22 12 3 MC 58
Benjamin Hebert MC 10 31 MC 72
Jorge Campillo 44 29 44 6 MC 26 MC
Hao Tong Li 27 25
Joost Luiten 12 51 MC 29 2
Marcus Kinhult 4
John Catlin MC
Andrea Pavan MC MC MC
Ryan Fox 31 27 MC
Francesco Laporta MC
George Coetzee 14 20 7 31 21 6 3
Wade Ormsby 34
Guido Migliozzi 14
Matthew Jordan MC
Calum Hill
Sebastian Soderberg MC 7
Jason Scrivener 12 29 17 57
Jordan Smith 31 27
Scott Vincent
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 20 1 12 9 47
Brandon Stone 2 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 14 MC* MC MC 33 8 63 11 22
Jack Senior
Ross Fisher 49 40 MC 33 8 2 27 27
Sebastian Heisele 44 34
Matthew Southgate 31 MC 17
Kalle Samooja 21
Antoine Rozner
Alexander Bjork 49
Darius Van Driel
Chris Paisley 5 12 5 37 72
Adrian Meronk
Thorbjorn Olesen 20 34 50 50 21 16 MC
Justin Walters 2 MC MC 17 37 21 2
Wil Besseling
Zander Lombard MC MC
Steven Brown 1 MC 44
Joakim Lagergren 14 MC 17 MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura
Robin Roussel
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Ashun Wu 44 7
Joel Stalter MC 12
Richard Bland 20 25 4 26 37 MC MC
Maverick Antcliff
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Matthieu Pavon 27 44 39
Marcus Armitage 20
Joel Sjoholm 68 Wd
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC MC 12 29
Cormac Sharvin
Johannes Veerman
Dale Whitnell
Nino Bertasio MC 69 12 61
David Drysdale MC MC MC 44 16 30 57 MC 66 MC
Shubhankar Sharma 21
Julian Suri
Robert Rock 40 34 MC 5 9 MC 26 MC 70 MC
Ricardo Santos MC* MC MC MC 16 MC 48
Adrien Saddier 4 16 33
Wilco Nienaber
Anton Karlsson 63 52
Bryce Easton
Grant Forrest MC
Laurie Canter MC 68 MC
Niklas Lemke 56
Jake McLeod 8
Nacho Elvira MC MC* 7 9 MC 21
Rhys Enoch
Oliver Wilson 56 MC MC MC 9
Philip Eriksson
Jacques Kruyswijk 49 34
Jose-Filipe Lima 5 MC MC MC 36
Ewen Ferguson MC
Jamie Donaldson 31 MC 6 6 8 MC
Marcel Schneider
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 62 31 18 MC 22 MC 16 57
Ben Stow 57
Andres Romero
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC 61 44 MC 26
Sihwan Kim 61 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 40 63
Jbe Kruger 29 33 63
Oliver Fisher 8 7 62 10 50 MC MC 44
Zach Murray
Lars Van Meijel
Alexander Levy MC MC MC 1
Stephen Gallacher MC 44 Wd 12 9 3 6 MC MC
Craig Howie
Haydn Porteous 40 20 MC MC
Gregory Havret 34 39 MC 64 MC 70 MC 3 22
Daan Huizing MC
Damien Perrier 29
Rikard Karlberg MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Benjamin Poke
Jonathan Caldwell
Dave Coupland
Paul Dunne MC 44 MC 68
David Law MC
Mathieu Fenasse
Alejandro Canizares MC 56 59 31 44 MC 63 68 MC MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Liam Johnston 40
Hurly Long
Robin Petersson
Matthew Baldwin 60 50 58 15 37
Julien Guerrier 34
Martin Simonsen
Gavin Moynihan Ret
Toby Tree
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 49 27 57 12 MC 2
Jonathan Thomson MC 25
Ben Evans MC 52 MC 53
Robbie Van West
Garrick Porteous
Max Schmitt MC
Eduardo De La Riva MC 39 50 3 47 26 MC
Thomas Bjorn MC 25 57 37 8 17
Richard McEvoy 49 MC 22 MC MC 59 MC
Marcel Siem MC 25 50 MC 21 17 68 59 MC
Will Enefer
Ricardo Gouveia 27 7 5 22 31 58
Tomas Santos Silva 27 MC MC MC 68 MC
Carlos Pigem MC
Peter Hanson MC 29 11
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC 55 29
David Howell MC 63 MC MC 51 37 62 27
Raphael Jacquelin MC 7 MC 22 MC Dq 63 6 52 48
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC MC MC 30 MC 27 23
Niall Kearney
Tom Gandy
Vitor Lopes MC MC MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC Dq MC MC MC
Steve Webster MC MC 59 66 33 MC 37 16 52
Kristoffer Broberg MC 64 MC MC MC
Miguel Gaspar MC MC MC
Tomas Guimaraes Bessa MC MC
Pedro Lencart
Tommy Fleetwood 37 22 12 26 MC

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