2019 European Tour Tracker

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This week: Portugal Masters

What: European Tour Event: Portugal Masters
Where: Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
Miles Travelled:

955 miles

Short Description:
My Role This Week:

This week, I’m the European Tour’s Press Officer at the Portugal Masters. I’m on-site working alongside the promoters of the event, coordinating media requests from local journalists, arranging interviews for our broadcast partners and producing reports from the tournament.

The sun is setting on the 2019 European Tour season, and there is still all to play for at this week’s Portugal Masters. The top 110 on the Race to Dubai after this event will secure their playing rights for the 2020 season, so there will be tension across the leaderboard over the four days in Vilamoura. We’re at Dom Pedro Victoria, one of five golf courses operated by the Dom Pedro group. On the drive to the Victoria Course, you pass a number of other courses which are full of holidaymakers. It’s easy to understand why the Algarve is such a popular golf tourism destination.

The Tournament Village at this week’s event really is at the heart of the action. Situated around the putting green and right next to the range, spectators have the chance to watch our members prepare for this week’s event up close. It’s quite something seeing the care and attention which goes in to each player’s practice routines – and everyone’s is different.

Perhaps the best seat in the house this week is here in the hospitality of the Eagle Lounge, which overlooks the 18th green. With the last five winners of the Portugal Masters teeing it up this week, as well as fellow former champions Alvaro Quiros and Lee Westwood playing, there’s some real star quality in this field – not to mention the man who carded the lowest score in the European Tour’s history last year…

Oliver Fisher is the person responsible for that historic round. The Englishman carded the first 59 on the European Tour after 46 years and more than 690,000 rounds. On 19 occasions players had carded rounds of 60, but none and managed to break the barrier until Fisher’s 12 under par round on this golf course in 2018. There have been some changes on the course over the last year, but with player saying the greens are in their best condition and running true – expect to see a few more low scores this time round.

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