Portugal Masters 2021: Course and current form stats as the European Tour arrives in the Algarve

The Arnold Palmer-designed course is staging a European Tour event for the 15th time
The putting surfaces at Victoria are large, undulating and usually play a huge role in the outcome of the tournament.

The Victoria Course at Vilamoura welcomes the European Tour for this week's event close to Portugal's southern coast. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales...

"In each of the past three years, for those completing 72 holes, the champion has led the way in the Strokes Gained: Putting category (Tom Lewis, 2018; Steve Brown, 2019; George Coetzee, 2020)."

The fourth and final tournament of the European Tour's Iberia Swing takes place in the Algarve, with the 15th staging of the Portugal Masters.

All 14 previous editions have been played at Vilamoura's Victoria Course, which is also the venue this week.

Although this event has always been held during autumn, this will be the first time it has taken place as late as November.

Course details

The Arnold Palmer-designed course opened for business in 2004, and within a year had made its professional debut by hosting the World Cup of Golf.

Located around 12 miles from Faro, and approximately two miles 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.

Prior to the 2019 Portugal Masters, a number of other 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.

The result being that the course became marginally tougher, but generally remains a low-scoring venue.

The greens are larger than the European Tour average, and are also undulating, so putting usually plays a significant part in deciding the outcome of the tournament.

In each of the past three years, for those completing 72 holes, the champion has led the way in the Strokes Gained: Putting category (Tom Lewis, 2018; Steve Brown, 2019; George Coetzee, 2020).

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

On the tee

A distinctly average field tees-up on Thursday with world No 58 Min Woo-Lee the highest-ranked golfer taking part.

That said, there are a number of in-form golfers competing this week including former top-25 pro Matt Wallace.

The Englishman recently enjoyed strong back-to-back performances on the PGA Tour, and tied-fourth on his most recent outing at the Zozo Championship. Two weeks earlier he'd tied-14th in Las Vegas.

Another English golfer, Laurie Canter, continues his search for a maiden European Tour title, having finished second three times during the past 14 months.

Three of his last four starts have yielded top-five finishes and, on his most recent trip to the Portugal Masters, was runner-up to defending champion George Coetzee.

Latest betting for Portugal Masters

To continue the English theme, Andy Sullivan and Andrew Johnston may be worth investing in.

Sullivan is a former winner here while Johnston's results are finally starting to improve again.

The 32-year-old Londoner has struggled to back up his breakthrough season of 2016 when he claimed his maiden title at Valderrama and tied-eighth in The Open at Turnberry. But his golf has improved significantly in recent tournaments.

Two non-Brits who may be worth following are Swede Joakim Lagergren and Spaniard Jorge Campillo.

Lagergren, who stood on the Vilamoura podium in 2020, was runner-up at St Andrews recently, while Campillo tied-second last time out in Mallorca.

Campillo's most recent Tour title came in Qatar 20 months ago and his form of late suggests he is moving in the right direction again.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / Victoria Vilamoura Form

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35
Min Woo Lee 2 39 58 MC 12 21
Robert MacIntyre 53 MC MC MC
Victor Perez MC MC MC 49 18 50
Matt Wallace 4 14 MC MC MC
Richard Bland MC 9 4 57 5 MC
Laurie Canter 5 4 MC 2 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard 63 MC MC 18 1
Calum Hill 45 17 MC 34 7
Jamie Donaldson MC 24 Wd 2 MC 27
John Catlin 20 11 MC 54 MC 24 21
Antoine Rozner MC 56 MC 67 52 13
Sam Horsfield MC 64 35 15 MC
Thomas Pieters 16 MC 39 9 9 18 MC
Andy Sullivan Wd 53 54 MC MC 40
Marcus Armitage MC 45 51 30 MC 7
Sean Crocker 45 MC MC Wd 9 18 4
George Coetzee 46 24 MC 50 75 27 MC
Adri Arnaus 54 MC 2 24 MC 12 MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC MC* 14 20 1
Grant Forrest 66 3 27 63 34 MC
Adrian Otaegui 26 58 17 27 49 34 MC
Andrew Johnston 7 15 24 MC 6 MC 60
Daniel Gavins 11 MC* 6 77 MC MC
Mikko Korhonen MC 20 45 8 40
Joachim B Hansen 11 15 24 MC 22 20 MC MC
Kalle Samooja MC 34 MC 57 60 MC
Padraig Harrington MC MC
Sami Valimaki 25 MC MC MC 46 MC
Callum Shinkwin 37 39 MC 46
Jazz Janewattananond 20 MC 24 MC 9 MC Wd 67
Jorge Campillo 2 41 45 17 MC MC MC 32
Renato Paratore 11 25 9 MC MC MC MC 7
Jordan Smith MC 15 20 MC 55 MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC MC 9 1
Fabrizio Zanotti 4 12 20 27 72
Dave Horsey 25 71 39 19 30 27 MC
Joakim Lagergren 49 39 2 MC 27 63 MC
Alexander Bjork MC 4 45 27 MC 13
Francesco Laporta MC 39 MC 6 4 MC
Sebastian Soderberg 2 2 MC 39 MC MC 40
Maximilian Kieffer 63 71 MC 15 75 27
Joost Luiten 34 37 MC MC 35 18
Darren Fichardt 38 71 MC 19 52 21
Tapio Pulkkanen 25 MC MC 17 27 MC
Marc Warren MC 9 MC MC MC MC
Matthew Jordan 68 24 MC MC 15 4
Pep Angles 2 MC MC MC
Alexander Levy 60 12 MC 35 34 32
Wil Besseling 37 6 MC MC 52 13
Connor Syme 26 MC 34 MC MC MC
Victor Dubuisson 20 MC 12 MC Wd 27 MC
Romain Langasque 34 11 MC MC 22 MC MC MC
Nacho Elvira 49 41 MC MC 57 MC 13
Jack Senior 7 MC 6 MC 32 35 MC MC
Jonathan Caldwell 72 65 MC MC MC 57 53
Matthew Southgate 65 53 MC MC 35 34 MC
Edoardo Molinari 20 39 MC 57 5 MC
Robert Rock 4 MC 45 MC MC
Alejandro Canizares 16 25 MC MC 3 MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC 20 20 MC 35 8 Dq
Richie Ramsay MC MC 45 17 57 MC MC
Justin Walters MC 56 MC 35 MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 25 17 MC MC MC MC
Scott Jamieson 20 45 MC MC 8 47
Dale Whitnell 49 MC 65 MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 5 25 71 MC MC MC
Chris Paisley MC MC* MC MC MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 27 MC MC 18
Matthieu Pavon 20 41 MC 12 MC MC MC
Eddie Pepperell 40 MC MC 17 Wd 46 MC
Scott Hend 20 MC MC MC MC 52 MC
Ross Fisher MC MC* MC 35 34 MC
Rikard Karlberg 40 MC 69 MC 53
Marcus Kinhult MC 49 MC MC MC MC 47
Ross McGowan 61 MC 24 MC 78 MC 4
Niklas Lemke 7 56 MC MC
Benjamin Hebert MC MC MC 45 MC 57 32
David Law MC 45 MC 38 14 MC MC
Nino Bertasio 20 15 68 MC MC MC 62
Steven Brown MC 56 MC 47 55 57 MC
Julien Guerrier 25 3 MC 38 MC 44 56
David Drysdale Wd 41 34 59 27 49 MC MC
Gavin Green 54 20 MC MC MC MC 24 32
Oliver Farr 34 75 62 18 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 20 MC MC MC MC MC
Ashley Chesters MC 25 65 MC MC MC 24 40
Aaron Cockerill 26 65 19 MC MC
Sihwan Kim 65 MC MC MC
Garrick Porteous 34 MC MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher MC 39 25 MC MC
Dave Coupland MC 45 MC 46
Joel Stalter 54 MC MC MC Wd 67 MC MC
Alvaro Quiros 11 46 39 27 MC MC
Zander Lombard 26 MC 56 MC MC MC MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 45 MC 12 51 MC 35 MC 67
Tomas Gouveia MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC 60 MC MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson 11 MC MC MC 67 MC 21
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC MC MC MC 47
Lorenzo Gagli MC 64 56 MC MC MC MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo 26 30 MC MC
Ricardo Santos MC MC MC 6 MC MC MC
Robin Roussel 26 MC MC 27 63 63 67
Julian Suri MC MC 36 63 46 56
Cormac Sharvin 61 MC MC 64 MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Vitor Lopes Wd MC 54
Jack Singh Brar
Chris Wood MC MC 32 MC MC
James Hart Du Preez MC 6
David Howell 54 MC MC MC 57 Wd MC
Graeme Storm MC 56 MC MC MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin 46 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Jose-Filipe Lima MC
Thomas Bjorn MC MC MC
Peter Hanson Wd MC 32 MC
Pedro Clare Neves
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Min Woo Lee 63
Robert MacIntyre
Victor Perez
Matt Wallace 8 44 39
Richard Bland 27 20 25 4 26 37 MC
Laurie Canter 2 MC 68 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard
Calum Hill MC
Jamie Donaldson 44 31 MC 6 6 8
John Catlin 8 MC
Antoine Rozner 36
Sam Horsfield 49 MC 59
Thomas Pieters 74 31 6 MC
Andy Sullivan 8 20 MC 2 1 47 46 37
Marcus Armitage 50 20
Sean Crocker MC
George Coetzee 1 14 20 7 31 21 6 3
Adri Arnaus 40
Nicolai Hojgaard 69
Grant Forrest 14 MC
Adrian Otaegui 49 MC MC 37 12
Andrew Johnston 34 44
Daniel Gavins MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 31 12 46 3 9
Joachim B Hansen 61 37 33 MC
Kalle Samooja MC 21
Padraig Harrington MC MC 25 1 31 47 16 16
Sami Valimaki
Callum Shinkwin MC MC 46 17
Jazz Janewattananond
Jorge Campillo 8 44 29 44 6 MC 26 MC
Renato Paratore 21 27 73 57
Jordan Smith 36 31 27
Kristoffer Broberg MC MC 64 MC MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 47 MC MC 44
Dave Horsey 48 44 22 47 51 MC 66
Joakim Lagergren 3 14 MC 17 MC MC
Alexander Bjork 24 49
Francesco Laporta 50 MC
Sebastian Soderberg 27 MC 7
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC MC 61 44 MC 26
Joost Luiten MC 12 51 MC 29
Darren Fichardt 40 31 MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 36 40 63
Marc Warren 56 63 2 12 37 21 MC MC 38
Matthew Jordan 14 MC
Pep Angles 12 MC
Alexander Levy Wd MC MC MC 1
Wil Besseling 14
Connor Syme MC 12
Victor Dubuisson 12 17 Wd
Romain Langasque 39
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC* 7 9 MC 21
Jack Senior 14
Jonathan Caldwell 50
Matthew Southgate 64 31 MC 17
Edoardo Molinari MC MC
Robert Rock MC 40 34 MC 5 9 MC 26 MC 70
Alejandro Canizares 32 MC 56 59 31 44 MC 63 68 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 58 14 MC* MC MC 33 8 63 11
Richie Ramsay MC 31 Wd 70 MC
Justin Walters MC 2 MC MC 17 37 21 2
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC
Scott Jamieson 20 20 50 53 7 13 12 MC
Dale Whitnell 24
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 6
Chris Paisley MC 5 12 5 37 72
Nicolas Colsaerts 40 12 50 18 2 15 44
Matthieu Pavon MC 27 44 39
Eddie Pepperell 6 2 3 MC 58 26
Scott Hend
Ross Fisher MC 49 40 MC 33 8 2 27
Rikard Karlberg 14 MC
Marcus Kinhult MC 4
Ross McGowan 63 Ret MC
Niklas Lemke 6 56
Benjamin Hebert MC MC 10 31 MC 72
David Law 58 MC
Nino Bertasio 50 MC 69 12 61
Steven Brown 64 1 MC 44
Julien Guerrier 8 34
David Drysdale 70 MC MC MC 44 16 30 57 MC 66
Gavin Green MC
Oliver Farr MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 58 20 34 50 50 21 16 MC
Ashley Chesters 31 16 52
Aaron Cockerill
Sihwan Kim 27 61 MC
Garrick Porteous 44
Stephen Gallacher 58 MC 44 Wd 12 9 3 6 MC
Dave Coupland 67
Joel Stalter MC MC 12
Alvaro Quiros 44 MC MC 62 31 18 MC 22 MC 16
Zander Lombard MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 27 MC 20 1 12 9 47
Tomas Gouveia MC MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC 8 7 62 10 50 MC MC 44
Oliver Wilson MC 56 MC MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC 49 MC 22 MC MC 59
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC MC MC 12 29
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC MC MC MC 30 MC 27 23
Ricardo Santos 50 MC* MC MC MC 16 MC
Robin Roussel MC
Julian Suri 50
Cormac Sharvin MC
Haydn Porteous MC 40 20 MC MC
Vitor Lopes MC MC MC MC
Jack Singh Brar 8 MC
Chris Wood 68 12 2 7 26
James Hart Du Preez
David Howell MC MC 63 MC MC 51 37 62
Graeme Storm 3 22 44 17 57 MC Ret
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 7 MC 22 MC Dq 63 6 52
Jose-Filipe Lima MC 5 MC MC MC
Thomas Bjorn MC MC 25 57 37 8
Peter Hanson MC MC 29 11
Pedro Clare Neves

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