Return of the champion

Surprise 2008 winner Álvaro Quiros will be returning to Vilamoura’s PGA European Tour 3rd Portugal Masters to defend his title.

The Spaniard leads a world class field onto the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course between October 15 and 18 in the hunt for the three million euros in prize money as the scramble for the places at the inaugural mega rich end-of-year Dubai World Championship reaches its closing stages.

Tickets for the year’s undoubted Algarve golfing highlight are now available at or by calling 289 310 338 (Portugal) / 0044 (0) 800 023 2557 (UK and Ireland).

A four-day pass, which includes Wednesday’s preceding Pro-Am event featuring the winners of the 2009 nationwide amateur Algarve Masters series, is priced at 45 euros (15 euros for a single day’s admittance) while children under the age of 16 accompanied by an adult enjoy free entry.