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European and Challenge Tours combine for Open de Portugal

Richard Green was runner-up when the event was last played in 2010 (Photo: Bruce Young)
The European Tour is in Portugal this week for the Open de Portugal at first-time venue Morgado Golf Resort in Portimao.

The tournament itself is being played for the first occasion since 2010, although this year it shares billing with the European Challenge Tour.

Australians in the field include Richard Green, who was the runner-up to Thomas Bjorn when the tournament was last played in 2010, but his most recent form has been well below his capabilities.

Fellow countrymen, Ben Eccles, Daniel Fox, Nick Cullen and Ryan McCarthy, are all in the field courtesy of either their Challenge Tour status or European qualifying school status.

Local golfer Ricardo Gouveia is in his second season on the European Tour after a superb Challenge Tour career and although yet to set the world on fire at the higher level, he did finish 3rd at the Nedbank Challenge last year.

Gouveia is a three-time winner and three-time runner-up on the Challenge Tour and serves to be considered one of the men to beat this week.

South African Trevor Fisher Jr has been in good form on the Sunshine Tour where he finished runner-up at the recent Zimbabwe Open. Fisher Jr - who won the European Tour's Africa Open in 2015 - was also 8th at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco a month ago.

England’s Aaron Rai leads the Challenge Tour money list following a win at the recent Kenya Open and he also finished 7th at the Joburg Open.

England’s Ryan Evans won his last Challenge Tour start in Turkey and has played well against stronger European Tour fields which makes him a factor this week.

With prize money of just €500,000, the event is one of the least lucrative on the European Tour but a great opportunity for Challenge Tour players.  

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Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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