Portugal Masters 2015 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ross Fisher (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365
Alexander Levy (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Scott Jamieson (ew)Tournament Winner125/1Coral

Venue

The Victoria Course at the Oceanico Club in Vilamoura has hosted the Portugal Masters since the tournament was introduced to the European Tour schedule in 2007. The 7,209-yard, par 71 course was designed by Arnold Palmer and features numerous water hazards as well as strategically placed bunkers. It should provide a stern test, but it was blitzed by Alexander Levy last year who carded rounds of 63 and 61 before the tournament was forced into an early conclusion by torrential rain. Other former champions include Lee Westwood, David Lynn and Shane Lowry.

Favourites

Martin Kaymer and Bernd Wiesberger are the market leaders at 12/1 and both men went close here two years ago. Chris Wood, who shared seventh place in last year’s curtailed event, and the in-form Soren Kjeldsen are also fancied to go well by the bookmakers with both of them available generally at 20/1. Tommy Fleetwood is the other man available at a short price at 22s. Beyond that is a wide-open book which should offer some each-way value.

Tips

Two of our three tips at last week’s British Masters, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Soren Kjeldsen, finished first and second, both at odds of 35/1, and we’re looking at a couple of players in a similar price range this week, plus one three-figure outsider.

Ross FisherThe first of these is ROSS FISHER, who has not played well in the last couple of weeks but shared 5th place at the European Open before that. It’s been a productive season for the Englishman, who is 19th on the Race to Dubai, and this is a venue he has always enjoyed. His 8 appearances at Oceanico have yielded four top 10 finishes including a runners-up spot in 2012 and he’s only missed the cut once. Bet365 are offering clear best odds of 45/1.

Alexander LevyAfter his victory in this event last year it’s impossible to ignore ALEXANDER LEVY, whose scores of 63 and 61 in Vilamoura marked his first competitive rounds at this venue. He hasn’t had the best of seasons, but he was back on song at Woburn where he placed in the top 20 thanks to three sub-70 rounds. His price has been shortening in the early betting, but the Frenchman is still available at odds of 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Scott JamiesonIt’s been a year to forget for SCOTT JAMIESON, who is outside the top 100 on the Race to Dubai having won just shy of €250,000. However, the Scot has enjoyed his last three visits to Vilamoura, placing 12th, 13th and 7th and making the cut at six of his last eight events represents an upturn in fortunes, with this month’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship bringing his second biggest cheque of the year. Take a chance on him at 125/1 with Coral.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ross Fisher (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365
Alexander Levy (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Scott Jamieson (ew)Tournament Winner125/1Coral