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David Thompson 11th Oct 2011 - 15:52

Points up for grabs at the Portugal Masters


European Tour

Portugal Masters

13th-16th October - live on Sky Sports 2 - Bet now and In-play

The four majors have been decided but the European Tour ploughs on relentless, finding itself this week in the lush setting of the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura. A strong field travels to Portugal, and with the top five players in the world rankings absent from the event the players will be striving to earn as many points possible for the race to Dubai.

Australian Richard Green 40/1 is the defending Champion, the 40-year-old clinched the victory with a closing round 65 holding off the likes of Francesco Molinari 14/1, Joost Luiten 16/1 and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 25/1.

Martin Kaymer will go into the event as the highest ranked player, he currently lies 6th in the World rankings and 5th for the race to Dubai. Ever since altering his swing earlier this year he hasn't been able to recreate the dominance he showed back in 2010, however the US PGA 2010 Champion is always a threat and it's not strange to see his name at the head of the field again.

Francesco Molinari 14/1 deserves a mention, runner-up on the last two occasions at the Portugal Masters the small Italian from Turin will be hoping to go one better on a course that suits his game. The Molinari brother carded two 10-under-par 62's in 2010 demonstrating what can be achieved on a course that requires accurate iron play and a succession of one putts. Francesco finished tied sixth at the Madrid Masters and looks in great shape to mount a challenge in Vilamoura.

Lee Slattery 100/1 played some flawless golf on the first three days in Madrid and a final round 71 was enough to see him achieve his debut European Tour Win. Back to Back victories seem unlikely however a top-ten fish considering his form at 17/2 or 1st round leader at 80/1 look to offer incredible value on the Englishman.

Simon Dyson 16/1 has two tour wins to his name in 2011 at the KLM and Irish Open. He has been a model of consistency on tour and with the pressure off his shoulders a trip to Portugal could prove successful for the up and coming star. Another name who'll be in the mix will be that of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 25/1 from Spain.  The four time European tour winner has been gradually improving and played well to finish tied sixth in Madrid. His last tour came back in 2008 at the Quinn Insurance British masters when he beat Lee Westwood in a playoff, and so his hunger for a victory is evident.

Other names to look out for will be that of Peter Hanson 14/1, Alvaro Quiros 28/1, Ross Fisher 33/1 and flamboyant American and two-time major winner John Daly 150/1.

William Hill will be offering a huge range of markets for the European Tour event and as always our in-play betting will be available on all channels.  If it's a tip your after mine has to be Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 25/1 seems good value on a player in great form who'll be playing on a course that he is suited to.



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