Masters attracts big names in golf

Europe’s best professional golfers will be competing in the Portugal Masters, a European Tour event, at the Oceânico Victoria Course at Vilamoura next week.

The event, which runs from Thursday, October 14 to Sunday, October 17 and has prize money of three million Euros on offer, will see last year’s champion, Lee Westwood, defending his title.

“The Oceânico Victoria Course was a great venue to finally capture a victory last year after two years without one,” said Westwood. “I’d had a number of near misses in that time, so it was special to finally get my hands on a trophy. To then go on to win the Race to Dubai made it a year to remember.”

Westwood, who missed all of August and most of September with a calf injury before returning for the Ryder Cup at the weekend, remains hopeful of a successful double defence of his Portugal Masters title and Race to Dubai crown.

“It would mean a great deal to me to successfully defend my Portugal Masters title,” he said.

Tough opposition this year includes Miguel Angel Jiminez, winner of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland in September.

The popular Spaniard is seeking his first Portugal Masters crown, having played in all three previous events since the tournament’s inauguration in 2007.

Tickets for the Portugal Masters, which are available on the gate, cost 20 Euros for any one of the four Championship days and 55 Euros for ground access to the Championship on the Practice Day/Pro Am (Wednesday 13 October) and on all four Championship days.

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