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Local man Ricardo Gouveia will have plenty of support at this week's Portugal Masters and hopes the familiar surroundings of Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course will provide an upturn in fortunes.

The Portuguese star has slipped to 133rd on the Race to Dubai so 23 spots outside the 110 players who will keep their cards. At least he still has time to repair the damage as this week's event has been moved forward in the schedule so isn't performing its usual role of last-chance saloon. Gouveia missed the cut in last week's KLM Open but before that did flicker back to life with T20 at the Omega European Masters. The big factor this week for gamers is how big an edge will he have with course form? There's mild encouragement as he's played the event three times previously and improved his finish each time: T58 on debut in 2014, T31 in 2015 and T22 last year when shooting 66-68-68-67.
Sep 20 - 3:49 AM

Chris Paisley cracked the top five in last year's Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course and he returns to Vilamoura this week to try his luck again.

The Englishman had previously finished T72 (2013) and T37 (2015) but stepped it up with T5 after pouring in the birdies with rounds of 65-67-65-67. That was his second best finish of 2016 and helped him score a career-best Race to Dubai finish of 71st. The 31-year-old is 98th this time but, after a poor run of results since a pair of top 15s on the early-season 'Desert Swing', has found his mojo again with T5 at the Paul Lawrie Match Play and T3 at the Made In Denmark. He did falter when missing the cut at the Omega European Masters on his last start but Paisley's course form suggests this could be another strong week.
Sep 20 - 3:40 AM

Jason Scrivener came to last year's Portugal Masters needing a big week to retain his European Tour card; that mission was accomplished and he heads back to Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course again this week.

In previous years, this has been the last counting event to secure playing privileges and the Aussie was four places outside the magic top 110 when arriving in 2016. He responded to the pressure by shooting 16-under and finishing T17, nudging up eight spots to finish at 106th. This year he's tucked in at 91st on the Race to Dubai after making a recent move with T5 at the Czech Masters and T20 in last week's KLM Open. Add that strong current form to the good vibes from last year and and the 28-year-old carries appeal.
Sep 20 - 3:31 AM

Max Kieffer is 4-for-4 at the Portugal Masters but will hope to crack the top 25 for the first time when he lines up at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course for the fifth season running.

The German shot 65 on his very first lap of the course in 2013 and went on to finish T26. However, they remain his best 18 and 72-hole scores following T68, T44 and T61 from 2014-2016. He heads back to Vilamoura slotted in at 79th on the Race to Dubai after cashing in 15 of his 21 starts this season. That's decent consistency but he's yet to post a single top 10. Perhaps T25 in last week's KLM Open in the Netherlands where he closed with 67 suggests a first one of the campaign is coming soon.
Sep 20 - 3:23 AM

Lucas Bjerregaard has some notable converging trends heading into this week's Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.

The big-hitting Dane is 3-for-3 in this event, shooting a pair of weekend 66s for T9 in 2015 and coming home fast with a Sunday 66 to add T12 last year. He'll return on the back of a top 10 in the European Masters in Switzerland on his last start. Bjerreggard's best results this season have come in weaker fields as highlighted by that T9 at Crans-sur-Sierre and T7 at the Lyoness Open in Austria so this looks an obvious week to play him. He's 111th on the Race to Dubai so needs some more good weeks to retain his card.
Sep 20 - 3:07 AM

Andy Sullivan has a win and a second place in his last two starts at the Portugal Masters and he'll look to cash in again when he returns to Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course this week.

Sullivan powered to a nine-shot victory in 2015 and finished just one back from Padraig Harrington last year. His numbers are staggering. The Englishman is a combined 45-under across those two events, his average round score is 65.38 and he's gained 2.1 shots on the field per lap. However, he returns this year on the back of missed cuts in his last two starts, last week's KLM Open and the PGA Championship. That said, if we filter out majors and WGCs, Sullivan has two top 10s and two top 20s in his five previous regular European Tour events so gamers worrying about very latest form are entitled to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Sep 20 - 2:58 AM

Daniel Berger looks to snap out of a mini-slump as he readies for this week's TOUR Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Florida State product has finished outside the top 15 in six straight events since back-to-back top 5s at the Travelers Championship and John Deere Classic. The culprit has largely been his flat stick, losing more than a stroke putting to the field in four of his last five starts. Perhaps a return to familiar bermuda greens will help him snap out of this funk. Berger will be making his third appearance at East Lake with a T12 in 2015 and T15 last year. Gamers looking for an under-the-radar pick with upside may want to target Berger who may get overlooked due to his relatively poor run of form leading into the event.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 1:42 PM

Making his course debut at the East Lake, Jon Rahm looks to finish his season on a high note as he preps for this week's TOUR Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rahm is playing in his first FedExCup Playoffs and they are going great, to say the least. He is the only golfer to collect top 5s in each of the first three legs with Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth being the only other two with top 10s in all three events. That steady play has only moved him up just one spot in the FEC standings since the start of the Playoffs but that is a big ONE spot. Moving from 6th to 5th in the standings means that Rahm now controls his own destiny when it comes to winning the FedExCup title. If he wins this week, the trophy and huge bonus check is all his. It may be a lot to ask of any one (picking up a fourth straight top 5 and making that fourth a win) let alone a young golfer making his debut at East Lake. However, Rahm has spent the entire season bucking trends, making him a good option in all fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 1:37 PM

Charley Hoffman sits at 13th in the FedExCup standings ahead of the season finale at this week's TOUR Championship.

Hoffman missed the cut in his first three starts of the season. He didn't let that ruin his season as he rebounded to post a 23-for-27 record since. He is now in line to have one of the better seasons of his career, especially in money earned. Hoffman has four wins on his TOUR resume, including one in each of the past two seasons. If he wants to keep that trend alive, this week is the last chance to do so. Ranked 13th in strokes gained off-the-tee and 44th in strokes gained approach, it certainly won't be the long game that lets him down.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 1:29 PM

Thomas Detry makes his tournament and course debut this week in the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course on the Algarve.

The Belgian rookie is sitting pretty at 72nd on the Race to Dubai, courtesy of a seasonal opening T3 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and solo second in the BMW International Open. In more recent weeks he had a round three 65 on his way to T14 in the Made in Denmark and a round two 66 last week in the Netherlands to atone for a shoddy opener of 75; he ended the week T38. It’s tricky to call how well-suited he will be to this week’s test. Those two standout efforts this year were on parkland, mostly tree-lined courses, as were his win and second on the Challenge Tour last season. He ranks 20th this year for Greens in Regulation.
Sep 19 - 10:19 AM

Victor Dubuisson is set to tee it up in the Portugal Masters on the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course at Vilamoura this week.

The Frenchman has long since ceased to be a simple riddle, or even a riddle within an enigma. He makes a habit of turning up late to tournaments and sometimes, of course, not turning up at all. He’s one reason the second and third reserves must a) have hope, and b) be driven to distraction. Last week Dubuisson failed to arrive at the KLM Open due to travel difficulties. Granted high wind caused flight problems, but it’s can’t be long before he cites the dog eating his passport. He closed last season with two lucrative top fives after an enigmatic campaign, perhaps this year would see a concerted effort? Instead he’s 5-for-12, with two withdrawals (once the event has started as opposed to before), and just one top 20 (T4 Trophee Hassan II). You hope he’s just wilfully awkward and that it’s not greater demons he’s fighting. Hit three 67s to finish T17 here in 2013 and (you guessed it) withdrew 12 months earlier.
Sep 19 - 10:17 AM

Ashun Wu will make his tournament and course debut in this week’s Portugal Masters at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.

Up to the midsummer break Wu had only a T10 at the Lyoness Open (when defending) to give solace as he missed 10 cuts in 12 starts. T66 on return to action at the European Open didn’t hint at better, but he won two matches in the Paul Lawrie Match Play and it started a nice run of form. A round two 65 had him T6 at halfway in the Made in Denmark (T23 at the end of the week), he added T9 in the European Masters and then opened 67-68 to be T6 at halfway again last week in the Netherlands before a weekend of 71-72 saw him slip to T31. He’s 132nd on the Race to Dubai and needs to hole some putts or hit it closer: he ranks fifth for Greens in Regulation this year.
Sep 19 - 10:16 AM

Danny Willett will be hoping to break his dreadful run of form at the Portugal Masters hosted by the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura this week.

Since he was T5 in the Maybank Championship this season has been car crash stuff for the Englishman. In fact it’s beginning to reach the time when you wonder if any golfer has descended from Green Jacket standard quite so dramatically. It’s now 13 strokeplay starts since Malaysia and the results need to be peered at from behind the sofa: four cuts made (two of which he couldn’t actually miss), three withdrawals, a best of T58 and he hasn’t gone sub-70 since R1 at the start of that run. He went to Crans with stunning course form and did what he’d never done in eight previous visits: missed the cut, recording an opening 76 that was three shots worse than any of his 32 laps of the course in the past. Similarly this week he has a good record at Vilamoura: 4-for-5 with two T6s and a T7. It takes a brave gamer to expect another however.
Sep 19 - 10:15 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts can go low on the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, but can he maintain the pace for four days in this week’s Portugal Masters?

The big hitter’s year has been built on back-to-back top tens (a lucrative T3 in the BMW PGA Championship and T8 at the Nordea Masters) since when he’s gone off the boil. T19 in Scottish Open hinted at better, but the round three 78 was a sign of things to come. Two 75s led to an early departure in the PGA Championship, he lasted one round in the Paul Lawrie Match Play, withdrew from the Made in Denmark, then opened with an 80 last week in the KLM Open; a R2 70 didn’t rescue the week. He can go low on this course though. He is 5-for-6 and has made the last five cuts, with three top 20s including T2 in the 36-hole renewal in 2014. Moreover he has twice led after one lap (alone in 2014 after a 60, shared in 2015 post-64) and shot a 63 on Saturday last year.
Sep 19 - 10:14 AM

Oliver Fisher closed with a 64 to secure his European Tour card in last year's Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course; he'll head back there this week.

That fast finish when under the gun gave the Englishman T10 and added to a T12 at the same venue in 2009. With this week's event earlier in the schedule, the do-or-die of keeping cards isn't as prevalent this week although, at 98th on the Race to Dubai, Fisher still has work to do to avoid another battle to retain his privileges. This season he's cashed 14 times in 22 events, with T10 in the Irish Open and, notably, T6 in the Open de Portugal so he's got plenty of positive memories of playing in this part of Europe. Fisher shot a Sunday 67 in last week's KLM Open in the Netherlands for T25 so is in decent nick ahead of his return to Victoria Golf Course.
Sep 19 - 7:52 AM



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