Portugal Masters 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Nicolas Colsaerts (ew)Tournament Winner28/1Bet365
Stephen Gallacher (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power
Scott Jamieson (ew)Tournament Winner90/1Bet365

Venue

The European Tour makes its tenth stop at the Victoria Clube de Golfe in Vilamoura on the Algarve for the Portugal Masters as the Race to Dubai enters its final month. The flat, exposed Victoria course features many fairway bunkers and water hazards on seven holes, but mastering the large, undulating greens is the key to success. Andy Sullivan stormed to a nine-shot victory at this venue last year, shooting rounds of 64-64-67-66, with his Ryder Cup team-mate Chris Wood a distant second. Other previous winners here include Alexander Levy, Shane Lowry and Lee Westwood.

Favourites

After securing his second victory in four starts at The Grove on Sunday, Alex Noren is justifiably a short-priced favourite for this event, at best odds of just 15/2 with Betfred. Thomas Pieters, who secured a top 10 finish in Vilamoura last year, is at 8/1 with BetVictor, while the market has been distorted by the withdrawal of former champion Levy, who was among the favourites. Tommy Fleetwood, who played so well in Hertfordshire, is at 18/1 with Betfair, while Sullivan also showed some spark at the weekend and the defending champion is a best price of 20/1 with BetVictor.

Tips

Nicolas_ColsaertsNICOLAS COLSAERTS must be a little frustrated that his consistent season hasn’t produced better results, but the Belgian has finished third three times since May and has a decent track record at this tournament, with his last three results here reading 15-2-18. Since August 2015 Colsaerts has missed the cut at only six of 35 events and his recent form reads 24-24-38-13-31-49, suggesting that there isn’t too much wrong with his game. Take a chance on him at 28/1.

Stephen-GallacherSTEPHEN GALLACHER is another man who has enjoyed his recent trips to the Algarve and after finishing in a share of 12th place at the British Masters, he is another who has something to build on. It’s been a poor season for the Scot, but his last three visits to the Victoria Club have all produced top 10s – 6-3-9 to be precise. He’s in a battle to retain his playing privileges, which seemed to spur him on over the weekend. Paddy Power are offering odds of 50/1.

Scott JamiesonLike his compatriot Gallacher, SCOTT JAMIESON has some work to do to hold on to his card for next season and a poor round on Sunday cost him a bigger share of the spoils at The Grove, where he ended up in 23rd place. Having endured a miserable summer, the 32-year-old found some form in September with top 10s in Holland and Italy and his previous record here will give him some confidence, having finished 12-13-7 between 2012 and 2014.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Nicolas Colsaerts (ew)Tournament Winner28/1Bet365
Stephen Gallacher (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power
Scott Jamieson (ew)Tournament Winner90/1Bet365