Birdies are the brief this week in Portugal as the 7,200 par 71 Oceanico Victoria Resort Course plays host to the Portugal Masters. Average to generous width fairways with the rough down means the bombers will have a big advantage; Greens are large and extremely undulating so as usual, accurate approach play will be key....
Alex Noren is a player that more often than not comes into my thoughts at a setup like the Portugal Masters. Currently he seems to be enjoying himself over there as this recent quote from his Twitter would suggest: "In Portugal having a blast with Mr. K. Broberg! #holesomeputts", and after some time away from the course, Noren returned with a top 40 at the Dunhill Links. The Swede closed with a Sunday 62 here in 2009 to show what he can do at this sort of track and the multiple winner averaged 20th place here in the five editions prior to his MC last year - a quote of 50/1 with Stanjames looks a good ew price.
Scott Jamieson's opening Portugal Masters price of 125/1 is a bit surprising to me, albeit a welcome one! Showing progressive form of 67-23-17, Jamieson posted a 12th place finish here last year and he continued showing signs of his return to form last week at the Seve trophy. The course set up should suit the big hitting Scotsman, to whom a fast start isn't alien, and I'll also be backing him EW in the first round leader market at 100/1 with Stanjames
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