September 3, 2020
Portugal Masters, from Sept. 10-13, will be held at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Algarve.
Portugal Masters was actually supposed to be played in October, but the event has been pushed up to create a two-event (with the Andalucía Masters) swing with relatively easy travel.
In line with the European Tour’s comprehensive Covid-19 Health Strategy and following the practice of playing behind closed doors since the re-start of the 2020 Race to Dubai, the Tour has confirmed that no general spectators will be permitted at the 2020 Portugal Masters or Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos.
While the Portugal Masters is an established event on the European Tour since it was first played in 2007, it was confirmed in July that the Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos will return to the European Tour schedule as a dual ranking event with the Challenge Tour on September 17-20. It completes a three-event “Iberian Swing” with the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters in Spain and the Portugal Masters.
The European Tour returned to action in July with two dual-ranking events in Austria, followed by a new six-week ‘UK Swing’, as part of a strategy to play events in regional clusters where possible.
Miguel Franco de Sousa, the president of the Portuguese Golf Federation, said: “We are very pleased to have the Open de Portugal again on the European Tour season, which is extremely important at a time when it is essential to regain the confidence of all those who visit Portugal to play golf.”
All tournaments in the reshaped 2020 season will be governed by the Tour’s comprehensive Health Strategy, which has been developed by Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Murray in consultation with health care specialists Cignpost and advisors in many of the 30 countries in which the European Tour plays.
They will also be underpinned by the European Tour’s new ‘Golf for Good’ initiative which aims to support communities where the European Tour plays, reward true heroes, such as frontline workers, and promote the many health benefits that golf offers.
Having risen to the top of the ranks as one of Europe’s premier golfing destinations, Portugal now has a total of 75 golf courses with 31 of them in the Algarve. Last year, Algarve was elected Best Golf Destination in the World 2020.
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura
Designed by Arnold Palmer and played on by some of the European Tour’s greatest players, the Victoria Course is the crown jewel of the Dom Pedro golf courses. The white sand bunkers and shimmering lakes that line the greens and fairways create a truly remarkable setting for a round of golf. The array of tee boxes allow the course to be forgiving for beginners but for those looking to test themselves around one of Tour’s top venues then look no further.