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Tomas Gouveia is looking to play four rounds in the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura this week.

Ricardo's younger brother got to play the Open de Portugal and this event on the European Tour last year, but missed the cut both time and by some margin (he was T127 and T130 after 36 holes). This season he has turned professional and is plying his trade on the third tier Pro Golf circuit. That spends its early season in Morocco and then the bulk of the summer in and around Germany. He struggled early on, again played the Open de Portugal and again missed the cut, but since then he has ticked off four top tens, including a T2 and a T3, in eight starts. A weekend of golf would still count as a success this week however. He plays out of this week's host venue.
Sep 19 - 9:57 AM

Sam Horsfield tees it up this week in the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura.

Prior to thrashing the field at the end of last year in Q School, this event was Horsfield final invite on the European Tour and he showed what he was made of with a second round 67 that guaranteed him four circuits as he recorded T59. Ranked 63rd on the Race to Dubai he will be hoping for a late push to earn himself good money in the late season big purse tournaments and this is a good opportunity: He knows the course and with it being resort-style (and Palmer designed) it will be familiar to him as a Florida resident. T64 last week in the KLM Open, going backwards after a 69-69 start.
Sep 19 - 9:56 AM

Richie Ramsay needs to revive memories of one special lap when he returns to the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

The Scot is ranked 125th on the Race to Dubai and desperately need points in the next four tournaments yet this might not be the week to accrue them. Not, at least, unless he is going to flip the trend of his career and thrive on this course. He's 3-for-5, but his T31 last year was his best effort and even that came courtesy of one good round, when a stunning 61 got him inside the cut line. In 15 rounds on the course he has only twice been better than T30 at the end of them and both were because of that one round. T12 in the Made in Denmark he has gone MC-T46 since.
Sep 19 - 9:55 AM

Past champion Alvaro Quiros needs to rediscover some form in this week's Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

Arnold Palmer, in theory, designed courses which promoted the chances of aggressive drivers of the ball and that surely explains the early success here of Quiros. He was T11 on debut in 2007, a winner 12 months later, then T16 in both 2009 and 2011. Like his career, there was less to come thereafter, but he has continued to make regular cuts and has also posted one further top 20 (T18) in 2015. His form though: T2 in the Trophee Hassan II stands out like a beacon. His only other top 50 in the season was T19 at Qatar. Moreover, his first round average in the last five starts is 75.20.
Sep 19 - 9:54 AM

Sebastian Soderberg returns to the scene of a fine performance this week - the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

The Swede lost his European Tour card last year but has bounced back in style. He warmed up for this season with a spell on the Nordic League in the winter and claimed a win in Spain (geographically confusing). He's then added victory on the Challenge Tour (Italian Challenge) and a pair of runner-up spots to lie second on the race to win graduation (a race he has not yet won, but the graduation is assured). That's his form sorted, what of the examination? Well, we know he likes it. He finished 64-68 last year to grab a tie for seventh, one of his three top tens at European Tour level.
Sep 19 - 9:53 AM

Kevin Na sails into the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club this week looking for a strong finish to his season.

Na has been erratic in the Playoffs so far, posting a 15th-place finish at THE NORTHERN TRUST, a missed cut at the Dell Technologies Championship and a 12th-place at the BMW Championship. Which Na will show this week? Driving Accuracy Percentage and Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green are key stats for DFS players this week, and Na does OK in each area. He is 44th in Driving Accuracy Percentage, while checking in 63rd in SG: Tee-to-Green. Na will come with a mid-tier price tag, making him a decent DFS target with a little upside.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 4:17 AM

Bubba Watson rolls into the TOUR Championship this weekend at East Lake Golf Club looking for a strong finish to his campaign.

After posting a fifth-place finish at the Masters, his last appearance in the state of Georgia, he proceeded to miss the cut in his next three majors. While the TOUR Championship isn't a major, there are some concerns about Watson when the lights shine brightest. He has eased those concerns a bit with a respectable seventh-place showing at the Dell Technologies Championship and a 16th-place finish at the BMW Championship. Accuracy off the tee is helpful at East Lake, and that's an area Watson struggles. However, he is a solid 30th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, another key stat at the course. With a field of just 30 golfers, Watson is a good choice for your DFS lineup.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 4:09 AM

Steve Webster is one of the former champions contesting this week's Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.

The Englishman won this trophy in 2007 with 25-under and returned 12 months later to finish third when defending. Since then he's played the tournament/course another eight times and made the cut in seven of them so it's a place he always enjoys returning to. Webster is down at 531st in the world rankings having once touched 72nd but he still retains some ability, as shown by a tied third place at the Shot Clock Masters in June. He missed five straight cuts after that but was T46 at the KLM Open last week after starting the final day in tied 12th so that could be a useful marker for another decent display in Portugal.
Sep 19 - 4:04 AM

Cameron Smith rolls into the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club this week trying to finish the season on a high note.

Smith kicked off his Playoff run with a pair of third-place finishes at THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship before falling back to 65th in the most recent event at the soggy BMW Championship. He might not be able to pull off a big finish in Atlanta this weekend, as accuracy off the tee is an important stat for DFS players to focus, as well as Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. Smith checks in 147th on TOUR in Driving Accuracy Percentage, while ranking 114th in SG: Tee-to-Green. While there are just 30 options to choose from this week, you will still do well to avoid Smith and go another way.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 4:01 AM

Connor Syme shot 68-69-68-67 to finish T12 on his Portugal Masters debut 12 months ago and he returns to Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura this week to try his luck again.

The Scottish rookie has gone a little flat over the last few months with a run of 50-MC-MC-57 leaving him 117th on the Race to Dubai and outside the all-important top 110. An opening 69 at the KLM Open last Thursday suggested brighter things but his scores got higher each day. Syme can certainly take heart from his performance at this venue last year when he ranked 1st for both Greens In Regulation and Scrambling. His stats this season don't make pretty reading but second place at the Shot Clock Masters showed his potential and he could prove a worthwhile cheap option this week.
Sep 19 - 3:54 AM

Aaron Rai has slipped outside the top 60 on the Race to Dubai after successive missed cuts and will try to reverse the momentum in this week's Portugal Masters.

Without really landing the a big pay-day, the Englishman's season has been ticking along nicely with nine top 25s although his hopes of reaching the season-ending DP World Tour Championship are in the balance. He needs an injection of form after poor Fridays saw him crash out of the Omega European Masters and KLM Open when seemingly well placed after opening rounds of 67 and 66 respectively. This is his second start at the Portugal Masters after three 69s and a 72 took him to T52 last year. Rai also contested last year's Open de Portugal, finishing T22.
Sep 19 - 3:35 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts was runner-up in the 2014 Portugal Masters and has made the top 20 in four of his last five visits; he returns to Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura for another crack this week.

The big-hitting Belgian loves this Arnold Palmer layout where the fairways are wide and the scoring low and is showing some decent signs of form coming in. Although he had to settle for T64 at the KLM Open last week, in the previous fortnight he closed with 65 for T23 in the European Masters in Switzerland and fired a Sunday 66 when posting T27 at the Made In Denmark. Ranked 31st in Greens In Regulation this year, he hit 75% in the right number last week so just needs to convert his opportunities better. It's something he's made a good job of at this week's track so Colsaerts could be a wise investment.
Sep 19 - 3:21 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen warms up for his Ryder Cup debut next Friday by contesting this week's Portugal Masters and the bookmakers have him top of the pile at 14/1.

That's a reflection of the Dane's superb form in the last few months. Sparked by a win at the Italian Open, he's jumped up to sixth in the Race to Dubai and is the only player in the top ten on Europe's points list heading to Portugal this week. The most recent of Olesen's run of five top six finishes came via fourth spot in last month's Nordea Masters while he followed that with T20 in his home Made In Denmark. The slight doubt for gamers is course form. The five-time European Tour winner has played the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course six times but has just one top 20, a T16 back in 2012. On current form, it's fair to expect him to beat that this year, especially with Le Golf National on the horizon. Olesen's 8th place in Birdies per Round this year is another indicator that he should thrive on this easy resort course.
Sep 19 - 3:10 AM

Paul Casey cited a back injury as the reason for his mid-tournament withdraw from the BMW Championship but he's returning to action this week at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Englishman was seemingly a near-lock for a top 20 for the past few years before his recent run of five straight finishes outside the top 20. That includes a mid-event WD at his most recent start where he was T50 (of 69) after 54 holes but called it quits to avoid further weather delays and also rest his back. Since then, he announced his excitement for this week's event via social media, "It's always great to end the season at East Lake for @playofffinale! Looking forward to a great week in Atlanta." It's easy to see why Casey would be excited as he's recorded top 5s in all four trips to East Lake, sitting at T7 or better after all 16 rounds played here. After the event, Casey will head to Paris to prep for his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2008.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 18 - 2:16 PM

Hideki Matsuyama is looking to end the season on a high note as he turns his attention toward East Lake Golf Club for this week's TOUR Championship.

Matsuyama missed nearly two months at the beginning of the year while dealing with a wrist injury. He was slow to play his way back into form but he now arrives on the heels of four straight top 15s. Matsuyama has gained 20 strokes approaching-the-green over those four events, helping him reach East Lake at 27th in the FedExCup race. Matsuyama is making his fifth straight appearance at the TOUR Championship with finishes of 22-T12-5-T26 on his resume. His recent form should make him appealing to fantasy gamers this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 18 - 2:05 PM



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