Portugal Masters a chance for Aussies
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2013 Portugal Masters | Preview | 10 Oct 2013
The Portugal Masters gets underway this Thursday at the Oceaniaco Victoria Golf Course at Vilamoura on the famed Algarve Peninsula where Martin Kaymer is expected to start favourite.
The event is the second to last of the regular season events on the European Tour before what have become known as the Finals so for those looking for money list milestones this could well be an important week.
Kaymer comes off a series of solid if unspectacular finishes in the US and has in fact made his last 13 cuts and on many occasions against far stronger fields than he faces this week.
Joost Luiten has been one of the form players of the European Tour in recent months and finished runner-up here three years ago suggesting the Dutchman could be in for another big week.
Ross Fisher finished runner-up last year and, although he missed the cut at the Alfred Dunhill, his form in his two previous starts was excellent.
Bernd Weisberger has put together several solid tournaments of late and having finished 4th in this event last year he knows his way around the Oceanico layout.
Two Australians are in this week’s field namely the former winner of this event, Richard Green and Queenslander Andrew Dodt.
Green is currently 118th on the Race to Dubai money list and while he will retain some level of status in Europe next season, the benefit of full status can’t be overstated. He needs a good finish soon to be in that category.
Dodt is currently 149th in the Race to Dubai and given the his chances of starts from this point on are likely limited to this week’s tournament and next week’s Perth International he needs to pull something out of the fire very soon.