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DATES: Thursday, June 10th through Sunday, June 13th
SITE: Penha Longa Golf Club, Linho Sintra, Estoril, Portugal
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Jr (1992)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,904
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 366 Yds10 - Par 4 418 Yds
2 - Par 4 396 Yds11 - Par 4 388 Yds
3 - Par 4 354 Yds12 - Par 5 495 Yds
4 - Par 4 434 Yds13 - Par 4 352 Yds
5 - Par 3 209 Yds14 - Par 4 417 Yds
6 - Par 5 498 Yds15 - Par 3 197 Yds
7 - Par 3 199 Yds16 - Par 4 440 Yds
8 - Par 5 573 Yds17 - Par 3 205 Yds
9 - Par 4 409 Yds18 - Par 5 554 Yds
36 3,438 Yds36 3,466 Yds
Annual:  54th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et),
  - Friday/Saturday -- 9-11 a.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Michael Hoey (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Tournament Record:  260 (E.C. Brown, 1953)
54-Hole Record:  195 (Robert Lee, 1987)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Robert Lee, 1987; Gregory Bourdy, 2008)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Robert Lee, 1987 - Estoril Golf Club)
Total Purse:  $1,197,409 (1,000,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $199,560; 2nd Place - $133,030; 3rd Place - $74,950
2009 Finish
Michael Hoey *277Jamie Donaldson279
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano277Alastair Forsyth280
Francesco Molinari278Steve Webster280
Mikael Lundberg279David Lynn280
Paul Broadhurst279Gregory Bourdy280
Paul Lawrie280

* - Won in Playoff

Past Estoril Open de Portugal Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009*Michael Hoey (277) -- Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
2008*Gregory Bourdy (266) -- David Howell, Alastair Forsyth
2007(a) Pablo Martin (277) -- Raphael Jacquelin
2006Paul Broadhurst (271) -- Anthony Wall
2005Paul Broadhurst (271) -- Paul Lawrie
2004Miguel Angel Jimenez (272) -- Terry Price
2003Fredrik Jacobson (283) -- Brian Davis, Bradley Dredge, Jamie Donaldson
2002*@Carl Pettersson (142) -- David Gilford
2001Phillip Price (273) -- Padraig Harrington, Sven Struver
2000Gary Orr (275) -- Phillip Price
1999*Van Phillips (276) -- John Bickerton
1998Peter Mitchell (274) -- David Gilford, Jarmo Sandelin
1997Michael Jonzon (269) -- Ignacio Garrido
1996Wayne Riley (271) -- Mark Davis, Martin Gates
1995*Adam Hunter (277) -- Darren Clarke
1994Phillip Price (278) -- Paul Eales, Retief Goosen, David Gilford
1993*David Gilford (275) -- Jorge Berendt
1992Ronan Rafferty (273) -- Anders Forsbrand
1991Steven Richardson (283) -- Vicente Fernandez
1990Michael McLean (274) -- Gordon Brand Jr, Mike Harwood
1989Colin Montgomerie (264) -- Rodger Davis, Manuel Mareno, Mike Smith
1988Mike Harwood (280) -- Eamonn Darcy
1987#Robert Lee (195) -- Sam Torrance
1986Mark McNulty (270) -- Ian Mosey
1985Warren Humphreys (279) -- Hugh Baiocchi
1984Tony Johnstone (274) -- Michael King
1983Sam Torrance (286) -- Chris Moody
1982#Sam Torrance (207) -- Nick Faldo
1981Not Held
1980Not Held
1979Brian Barnes (287) -- Francisco Abreu
1978Howard Clark (291) -- Brian Barnes, Simon Hobday
1977Manuel Ramos (287) -- Hugh Baiocchi
1976Salvador Balbuena (283) -- Sam Torrance
1975Hal Underwood (292) -- Vicente Fernandez
1974Brian Huggett (272) -- John Fourie
1973*Jaime Benito (294) -- Bernard Gallacher
1972#G.Garrido (196)
1971L.Platts (277)
1970Ramon Sota (274)
1969Ramon Sota (270)
1968Max Faulkner (273)
1967#A.Gallardo (214)
1966A.Angelini (273)
1965Not Held
1964Angel Miguel (279)
1963#Ramon Sota (204)
1962A.Angelini (269)
1961Ken Bousfield (263)
1960Ken Fousfield (268)
1959S.Miguel (265)
1958P.Alliss (264)
1957Not Held
1956Angel Miguel (268)
1955F. van Donck (267)
1954Angel Miguel (263)
1953E.C. Brown (260)

* - Won in Playoff

# - 54 Holes

@ - Rain Shortened

Top Contenders in the Field
Paul Broadhurst---T-10mcT-59WonWonT-54---T-4
Gregory Bourdy------------mc---mcWonT-7
Alastair ForsythT-4T-9T-23mcT-19T-12T-7T-2T-7
Steve WebsterT-44T-9T-12T-51T-19T-24mcT-9T-7
David LynnT-60mcT-8T-5mcT-36T-61mcT-7
Robert Rock---------74thmcmcmcmcT-21
Miles Tunnicliff------T-45mcmcmcmc4thT-43
Chris Wood------------------------T-43
Phillip PriceWonT-60T-23------mcmc---T-54
Tano Goya------------------------T-54
Oliver Fisher------------------T-34T-15mc
Graeme Stormmcmc------mcmcT-3mcmc
Ignacio GarridoT-4T-17T-53T-5T-8mcmcmcmc
Darren Clarke---------------------T-24---
Marcus Fraser---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Robert Rock
Darkhorse - David Lynn
Last Week's Pick to Win (Francesco Molinari) - Finished tied for 56th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Chris Wood) - Finished tied for 46th
With most of the top names on the European Tour in the United States gearing up for next week's U.S. Open, the field for this event does not have any of the top-80 players in the world competing. Only one of the top-100 players in the world is here - Chris Wood (81).

Last year, Michael Hoey got up and down for par on the third playoff hole to defeat Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and win the Estoril Open de Portugal. Hoey closed with a five-under 66 to finish at seven-under-par 277. The duo headed back to the 18th tee at Oitavos Dunes for the first extra hole. After both players found the short grass off the tee, they both missed the green with their approach shots. Fernandez-Castano got up and down for par from left of the green, while Hoey did the same from short of the putting surface. Hoey came up short of the 18th green again on the second playoff hole. He again got up and down for par, though. Fernandez-Castano two-putted for par. On the third extra hole, No. 17, Fernandez-Castano missed the green short and right, while Hoey went long and right. The Spaniard pitched to nine feet before Hoey ran his chip to six feet. Fernandez-Castano missed his par-saving putt to the right. Hoey, who had a restricted backswing on his chip because he was near a tree, drained his six-footer for the win.

In 2007, Pablo Martin fired rounds of 66-68 on the weekend to become the first amateur to win a European Tour event as he claimed the title. In 2006, Paul Broadhurst got up-and-down for a birdie at the par-five 18th in the final round to walk away with a one-shot victory over fellow Englishman Anthony Wall at this event. In 2005, Broadhurst fired a four-under 67 in the final round to win this event. Broadhurst finished the event at 13-under-par 271 for a one-shot victory over 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie. It was Broadhurst's first win on the European Tour since the 1995 Open de France.

Only four players have won back-to-back titles at this tournament: Broadhurst (2005-06), former European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance (1982-83), Ramon Sota (1969-70) and six-time Ryder Cup Englishman Ken Bousfield (1960-61). Sota and Angel Miguel are the only three-time champions of this event.

This event has seen many memorable moments and has been the launching pad for many successful careers. In 1987, Robert Lee created European Tour history by becoming the first, and so far only, player to shoot 27 twice over nine holes on his way to victory. His first 27 was in the 1985 Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open.

The Portuguese tournament will long be remembered with fondness by Colin Montgomerie. The first of his 31 European Tour titles was gained in 1989 by 11 shots - which equals the second biggest winning margin in European Tour history.

There have been just four wire-to-wire winners of this event: Salvador Balbuena (1976), Lee (1987), Phillip Price (1994) and Carl Pettersson (2002). Last year's playoff was the seventh in event history.

Since the event became part of The European Tour International Schedule in 1973, it has seen 18 players claim their maiden European Tour title. They include: Jamie Benito (1973), Hal Underwood (1975), Salvador Balbuena (1976), Manuel Ramos (1977), Howard Clark (1978), Tony Johnstone (1984), Warren Humphreys (1985), Mike Harwood (1988), Montgomerie (1989), Mike McLean (1990), Price (1994), Adam Hunter (1995), Michael Jonzon (1997), Van Phillips (1999), Gary Orr (2000), Pettersson (2002), Martin (2007) and Hoey (2009).

The second debut winner was American Hal Underwood in 1975, who was playing in his very first European Tour event. Dale Hayes had previously been the only player to achieve that feat at the 1971 Spanish Open. Later in 1975, Underwood's fellow American Tom Watson won the 104th Open Golf Championship in his first start.

The European Tour travels to the United States next week for the second major of the year, the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, as Lucas Glover defends his first major championship. The rest of the European Tour will be in France for the SAINT-OMER OPEN, where Christian Nilsson captured the 2009 title.

06/08 17:04:27 ET

As of June 8, 2010, at 05:04 PM ET