Former world champion returns to Portugal Masters seeking golf glory
Former world number one Lee Westwood, who won the Portugal Masters ten years ago, is returning to the Algarve tournament at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura. The tournament will last from October 24-27th.
Westwood will make his first appearance in the only Portuguese tournament that is part of the European Tour since he won it ten years ago, gaining the 30th international title of his career in the Algarve and breaking a two-year fast without a win on the main European circuit.
This victory catapulted him to new heights in his golfing career that culminated at the end of that season with his victory in Dubai, which earned him No. 1 in the European Tour ranking. The following year, he became the first Englishman since Nick Faldo in 1994 to rise to the top of the world ranking.
“I have happy memories of Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course from my win there in 2009. I had a series of “almosts” between the two victories and it made me very happy to have finally crossed the line in Portugal,” said the British golfer.
Andy Sullivan, who scored his third European first division trophy at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in 2015, with a massive 9-stroke advantage over the competition – a record in the tournament – is also back, the tournament’s organizers have revealed.
“The Portugal Masters is an event I always look at when the dates are announced. This tournament gives us the opportunity to start winning some enthusiasm for the last three tournaments of the year. I really want to finish the season having done well and this event is the ideal platform for that,” he said.
Eddie Pepperell, who has won the European Tour twice, has also confirmed his presence at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course with the aim of maintaining his top-50 status in the world ranking.
We can also count with the presence of Dane Thomas Bjorn, the captain of the European team that won the Ryder Cup in France last year. Bjorn won the Portuguese Open in 2010 and is a veteran of 21 international titles.