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The 18th tee at the Victoria course

The 18th tee at the Victoria course

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The Arnold Palmer-designed Victoria course at Vilamoura hosts the final European-based tournament of the 2012 Tour schedule.

With three tournaments originally scheduled for Spain during autumn having to be cancelled, this week's Portugal Masters will be the final European Tour event to be staged on its home continent until the spring of 2013.

The Oceanico Victoria layout, which opened in 2004, hosted the World Cup of Golf 12 months later and for the last five years has been part of the European Tour.

This week's sixth instalment has attracted a decent field to the Algarve, with Palmer's layout laid out over a fairly flat terrain, although its greens are large and undulating.

The pros will have to contend with four lakes and numerous fairway bunkers.

So who's teeing-up on Thursday?

Rafael Cabrera-Bello: Runner-up to Tom Lewis in 2012, the Spaniard is now a world top-50 player.

George Coetzee: Tied third at Vilamoura 12 months ago and, in last week's Dunhill Links Championship, finished in a tie-for-fifth thanks to a closing 62.

Simon Dyson: Has not enjoyed his greatest-ever season but could prosper in this field. The six-time Tour winner's most recent top-10 came at Portrush in July.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: The world No 36 was a winner in Italy last month and he certainly possesses the tools to cross the finishing line in first place.

Francesco Molinari: Has endured a solid but at times frustrating year although will still be on a high after Europe's Ryder Cup win. The Italian is a two-time runner-up in this event.

Alexander Noren: Three top-20 finishes at Vilamoura and was third in the Dunhill Links Championship last week.

SELECTED PLAYERS with GOOD to REASONABLE FORM at VILAMOURA's VICTORIA course

Tour History

Player: '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11

Felipe Aguilar: - / 23 / MC / MC / 3
Thomas Aiken: - / - / - / 27 / 23
Fredrik Andersson: 3 / MC / - / 9 / MC
Thomas Bjorn: 46 / MC / 64 / 17 / 8
Gregory Bourdy: 63 / 7 / MC / 22 / MC
Rhys Davies: - / - / - / 27 / 16
Robert-Jan Derksen: 12 / 16 / 12 / 17 / 44
David Dixon: - / 30 / MC / 6 / 29
Bradley Dredge: 12 / 16 / 26 / 58 / 38
Simon Dyson: - / 7 / 61 / 17 / MC
Johan Edfors: MC / 45 / 6 / 41 / 23
Ross Fisher: 7 / 3 / MC / 27 / 27
Padraig Harrington: - / - / 3 / - / 16
Gregory Havret: 54 / 59 / MC / 22 / 3
Peter Hedblom: 16 / MC / 19 / MC / -
Mikko Ilonen: - / - / 19 / 9 / -
Martin Kaymer: 7 / 30 / - / - / 8
James Kingston: 16 / 6 / 30 / MC / 11
Soren Kjeldsen: MC / 16 / MC / 22 / MC
Pablo Larrazabal: - / - / 53 / 22 / 11
Peter Lawrie: 16 / 23 / 37 / 6 / 11
Joost Luiten: - / - / - / 2 / 29
David Lynn: 40 / 14 / 41 / Ret / 3
Pablo Martin: 21 / MC / 37 / 6 / MC
Francesco Molinari: 31 / 38 / 2 / 2 / 38
Alexander Noren: 12 / 16 / 6 / 36 / 29
Hennie Otto: - / - / MC / 27 / 16
Alvaro Quiros: 11 / Won / 16 / 57 / 16
Anthony Wall: 21 / 10 / 12 / 41 / 38
Steve Webster: Won / 3 / 30 / 52 / 16
Oliver Wilson: 21 / Ret / 19 / 9 / MC

SELECTED PLAYERS with POOR to MEDICORE FORM at VILAMOURA's VICTORIA course

Tour History

(No Top-30 Finishes from three or more starts)

Player: '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11

Richard Bland: MC / - / - / MC / MC
Markus Brier: MC / MC / - / MC / -
Tiago Cruz: 69 / MC / MC / MC / -
David Drysdale: - / - / MC / MC / 66
Niclas Fasth: - / MC / MC / MC / MC
Kenneth Ferrie: MC / - / MC / MC / 72
Stephen Gallacher: MC / 48 / - / MC / MC
Raphael Jacquelin: 71 / 69 / 45 / 48 / 52
Miguel Angel Jimenez: 73 / 38 / 53 / 36 / MC
Michael Jonzon: - / MC / MC / MC / 62
Jose Manuel Lara: MC / MC / MC / MC / 38
Thomas Levet: MC / 53 / MC / MC / MC
Sam Little: 34 / MC / MC / 58 / -
Mikael Lundberg: - / MC / MC / MC / -
Damien McGrane: 64 / MC / 45 / 41 / 66
Phillip Price: Wd / 42 / 53 / 41 / 44
Antonio Rosado: - / - / MC / MC / MC
Ricardo Santos: MC / MC / MC / 48 / MC
Lee Slattery: 56 / MC / MC / - / MC
Graeme Storm: MC / 68 / MC / MC / Ret
Martin Wiegele: - / MC / - / MC / 52
Fabrizio Zanotti: - / - / 61 / MC / 44

TOP-10 FINISHERS from 2011 (Not Already Listed)

Tom Lewis: (Won)
Rafael Cabrera-Bello: (2nd)
George Coetzee: (T-3rd)
Christian Nilsson: (T-3rd)
Jamie Donaldson: (T-8th)

LOWEST 12 STROKE AVERAGES at VILAMOURA's VICTORIA course

(Last Four Years - 2008/11)

Average (Rounds)

67.75: Padraig Harrington (8)
68.50: Mikko Ilonen (8)
68.50: Joost Luiten (8)
68.63: Steven O'Hara (8)
68.63: Alvaro Quiros (16)
68.69: Francesco Molinari (16)
68.75: Rhys Davies (8)
68.88: Thomas Aiken (8)
68.92: Rafael Cabrera-Bello (12)
68.94: Peter Lawrie (16)
68.94: Steve Webster (16)
69.00: Robert-Jan Derksen (16)
69.00: Pablo Larrazabal (12)
69.00: Alexander Noren (16)
69.00: Anthony Wall (16)
69.00: Oliver Wilson (10)

(Min. No. of Rounds = 8)

LOWEST ROUNDS at VILAMOURA (Victoria)

61: Martin Kaymer (2007)
61: Jeppe Huldahl (2010)
62: Padraig Harrington (2009)
62: Alexander Noren (2009)
62: Francesco Molinari (2010)
62: Francesco Molinari (2010)
63: Three times
64: 28 times

Note: Molinari's 62s in 2010 came in rounds two and four.

Vilamoura (Victoria): Par 72; 7,231 yards

Winning Totals (Last Three Years):

2011 - 267 (Tom Lewis)
2010 - 270 (Richard Green)
2009 - 265 (Lee Westwood)

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