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Portugal Masters – Free European Tour DraftKings Picks and Betting Tips.

Venue – Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course

Location – Vilamoura, Portugal.

Style – Resort Course.

Par – 71

Yardage – 7,191

Architect – Arnold Palmer

Event – Only venue to host this event (13th staging)

Greens: Bent and Poa (11ft stimp reading)

Fairways: Bermuda

Rough: Bermuda

Previous winners and runners up since 2007:

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
2019
2018 Tom Lewis (2)  England 262 −22 3 strokes Australia Lucas Herbert
England Eddie Pepperell
2017 Lucas Bjerregaard  Denmark 264 −20 4 strokes Scotland Marc Warren
2016 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 261 −23 1 stroke England Andy Sullivan
2015 Andy Sullivan  England 261 −23 9 strokes England Chris Wood
2014 Alexander Lévy  France 1241 −18 3 strokes Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts
2013 David Lynn  England 266 −18 1 stroke South Africa Justin Walters
2012 Shane Lowry  Ireland 270 −14 1 stroke England Ross Fisher
2011 Tom Lewis  England 267 −21 2 strokes Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello
2010 Richard Green  Australia 270 −18 2 strokes Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
Sweden Robert Karlsson
Netherlands Joost Luiten
Italy Francesco Molinari
2009 Lee Westwood  England 265 −23 2 strokes Italy Francesco Molinari
2008 Álvaro Quirós  Spain 269 −19 3 strokes Scotland Paul Lawrie
2007 Steve Webster  England 263 −25 2 strokes Sweden Robert Karlsson
Weather

Thursday – Sunny and warm. 19°C. Wind Direction N to SW. Wind Speed 5mph
Friday – Partly cloudy and pleasant. 21°C. Wind Direction NE to SE. Wind Speed 10mph
Saturday – Partly sunny and mild. 23°C. Wind Direction ESE. Wind Speed 10mph
Sunday – Partly sunny, breezy and mild. 24°C. Wind Direction E to ESE. Wind Speed 8mph

Great playing and scoring conditions for the week. I will not be favouring any side of the draw however I may well look at those early tee times on Thursday for our First Round Leader bets, but that’s more to do with putting surfaces more than anything else.

Key Stats

Off the Tee – SMASH IT!!! This course presents a huge opportunity for the bombers to open their shoulders and let rip. The course is wide open and the rough some of the least punishing they will see all year. This year they have tried to restrict big hitting a little by the inclusion of a few extra trees but in all honesty I highly doubt this will have much impact. Aggressive style play will offer up easy approach play and far more realistic birdie opportunities.

Approach Play – You have to attack pins and go for it. As proven by Oli Fisher (Mr 59) last year, low scores are available here. Hitting it close makes life so much easier to get on the birdie train and for me its all about proximity to hole with short to mid irons.

Scrambling – Once players get comfortable playing from Bermuda, getting up and down shouldn’t pose too much of a task, hopefully my picks will be hitting more than their fair share of greens anyway so I have paid limited attention to any scrambling stats available.

Putting – Really nice surfaces to putt on and prepared to a speed all should feel used to putting at. Later in the day the surfaces may become a little less reliable but now you can tap down any marks or scuffs caused by the feet of Sergio, holing out and converting those realistic chances shouldn’t be too taxing.

European Tour, DraftKings Picks

$11,200 – Matt Wallace
$10,000 – Tom Lewis
$9,500 – George Coetzee
$9,200 – Joachim Hansen
$8,800 – Ryan Fox
$8,500 – Jamie Donaldson
$8,400 – Callum Shinkwin
$8,100 – Alex Levy
$7,900 – Dean Burmester
$7,400 – Hugo Leon
$7,200 – Tapio Pulkkanen
$6,900 – Kristoffer Reitan
$6,300 – Max Orrin

Other inclusions in player pool – Adri Arnaus $10,300,  Matthew Southgate $8,600, Pablo Larazabal $7,500.

European Tour Betting Tips

Outright Market
Matt Wallace 14/1, 1 point e/w

Tom Lewis 25/1, 1 point e/w

Callum Shinkwin 50/1, 1point e/w
First Round Leader
Callum Shinkwin, 55/1. 1/2 point e/w

Alex Levy 60/1. 1/2 point e/w

Tapio Pulkkanen 66/1. 1/2 point e/w

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