2012 Portugal Masters


Yesterday, October 11th 2012, the Portugal Masters has started, attracting golfers from all around the world, willing and able to fight for the Portuguese trophy.

This year’s Portugal masters is taking place at the Oceanico Victoria Course, located in Vilamoura and has a total prize fund of 2.25 million Euros.

Plenty of well-known European golfers will be taking part in the golfing tournament with names such as Francesco Molinari from Italy, Martin Kaymer from Germany joining other golfing greats like Colin Montgomerie and Ross Fisher.

However much of the attention will be focused on a young English golfer, Tom Lewis, who won the competition last year and is hoping to retain his title this year.

Six of the eight Portuguese nationals that will be taking place in the contest are professional golfers and they include Filipe Lima who had previously declined to take part in the Masters, but has since reconsidered.

The attendance is expected to be rather high because many people have watched the European golfers stage one of the biggest sports come-backs in history to beat the USA team in the Ryder Cup.

The Portugal Masters will not only be a great event for both golfers and golf lovers, but it should also bring some much-needed money to the Algarve, because according to a survey published in 2011, the Portugal Masters brought in 6.7 million Euros.

That same study went on to state that the media coverage created as a result of the Portugal Masters, created an extra eighty million Euros, thanks to it promoting Portugal and the Algarve region to golfers specifically but also tourists in general.

Actually, about half the visitors to the Portugal Masters that were polled in the same survey said that they were there exclusively because of the tournament, and fifty-nine percent of those asked said that they would strongly consider returning to the Algarve because of the tournament.

But of course you can visit the great Algarve golf courses on any day of the year, and with the help of some Algarve car rental services and Faro golf club hire services you can have a very smooth vacation.