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DATES: Thursday, October 13th through Sunday, October 16th
SITE: Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (2004)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,231
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 4 446 Yds
2 - Par 4 358 Yds
3 - Par 5 566 Yds
4 - Par 4 407 Yds
5 - Par 5 579 Yds
6 - Par 3 218 Yds
7 - Par 4 510 Yds
8 - Par 3 168 Yds
9 - Par 4 442 Yds
36 3,694 Yds
10 - Par 4 406 Yds
11 - Par 4 385 Yds
12 - Par 5 547 Yds
13 - Par 3 200 Yds
14 - Par 4 424 Yds
15 - Par 4 315 Yds
16 - Par 3 208 Yds
17 - Par 5 589 Yds
18 - Par 4 463 Yds
36 3,537 Yds
Annual:  5th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Richard Green (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  R.Karlsson, G.Fernandez-Castano, F.Molinari, J.Luiten
Tournament Record:  263 (Steve Webster, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Retief Goosen, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Francesco Molinari, 2009)
Course Record:  61 (Martin Kaymer, 2007; Jeppe Huldahl, 2010)
Total Purse:  $3,414,644 (2,500,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $569,098; 2nd Place - $379,394; 3rd Place - $213,718
2010 Finish
Richard Green270Peter Lawrie273
Robert Karlsson272David Dixon273
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano272Pablo Martin273
Francesco Molinari272Eight players at274
Joost Luiten272
Past Portugal Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Richard Green (270) -- R.Karlsson, G.Fdez-Castano, F.Molinari, J.Luiten
2009Lee Westwood (265) -- Francesco Molinari
2008Alvaro Quiros (269) -- Paul Lawrie
2007Steve Webster (263) -- Robert Karlsson

Top Contenders in the Field
Richard Green---T-42---Won
Francesco MolinariT-31T-382ndT-2
Joost Luiten---------T-2
Thongchai JaideeT-12mcT-19T-9
Oliver WilsonT-21---T-19T-9
Ross McGowan---mcT-59T-17
Simon Dyson---T-7T-61T-17
Thomas BjornT-46mcT-64T-17
Ross FisherT-7T-3mcT-27
Miguel A. Jimenez73rdT-38T-53T-36
Anthony WallT-21T-10T-12T-41
Steve WebsterWonT-3T-30T-52
Ricardo Gonzalez---T-48T-19T-54
Alvaro Quiros11thWonT-1657th
Bradley DredgeT-12T-16T-26T-58
Padraig Harrington------3rd---
Lee SlatteryT-56---mc---
Martin KaymerT-7T-30------
John Daly------------
Lorenzo Gagli------------
Jose M. Olazabal------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Simon Dyson
Darkhorse - Cesar Monasterio
Last Week's Pick to Win (Luke Donald) - Finished tied for 11th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jaco Van Zyl) - Finished tied for 18th
The European Tour travels to Portugal this week for the Portugal Masters. Six of the top 50 players in the world are in the field. Martin Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Championship winner, is the highest ranked player in the field at No. 6. He is joined by two-time winner in 2011, Simon Dyson, three- time winner Thomas Bjorn, Francesco Molinari, who has finished second here the last two years, 2008 champion Alvaro Quiros, and 18-time European Tour winner Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Last year, Australian Richard Green carded a seven-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win .Green finished the championship at 18-under 270 and earned a two-stroke victory at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course. His seven-shot comeback matched the largest on the European Tour in 2010.

In 2009, Lee Westwood made an unbelievable birdie from behind trees at the 17th hole in the final round en route to a come-from-behind victory. Westwood fired a six-under 66 on the final day and won the title at 23-under-par 265, which was good enough for a two-stroke victory over Francesco Molinari. Westwood collected his 19th European Tour victory and first since the 2007 British Masters. The first-place check moved Westwood to first in the Race to Dubai, which is where he would finish at the end of the year. The Englishman had not been on top of the money list since he won the money race in 2000.

This event is being held at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal for the fifth straight year. The course was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer and opened for play in 2004. Victoria also hosted the 2005 World Cup, won by Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge of Wales.

This is the second tournament held in Portugal this season, with Michael Hoey winning the Madeira Islands Open in May.

This is the fifth different official European Tour event to be held on Portuguese soil since 1973. They are: Estoril Open de Portugal (from 1973-2010 (not played in 1980-81), Madeira Islands Open (1993 onwards), Vinho Verde Atlantic Open (1990) and Estoril Open (1999).

The European Tour moves to Spain next week for the Castello Masters at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo, where Matteo Manassero captured the title last year.

10/11 15:50:20 ET

As of October 11, 2011, at 03:50 PM ET