A new European Tour date has been set for the postponed Portugal Masters. The €1.5million tournament was originally due to be held at the end of April but travel difficulties caused by COVID-19 forced its postponement.
Now rescheduled for November 4-7 at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, the Portuguese event replaces the Volvo China Open which – again due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic – will be played as a national event only this year and not officially sanctioned by the European Tour.
This will be the 15th consecutive edition of the Portugal Masters, which became part of the European Tour in 2007. South African George Coetzee is the reigning champion, winning by two shots in 2020 at the same Dom Pedro course.
“We are delighted to confirm the rescheduled Portugal Masters,” said European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley. “Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course has been a popular venue with our players, and it has produced plenty of drama, so we are very pleased to be able to return for the 15th year in a row. We are grateful to the venue for accommodating us at a busy time of the year and to Turismo de Portugal for their long-term support of this tournament.
Added Stefano Saviotti, chairman of Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection, “The Portugal Masters is an incredibly important showcase of golf in the Algarve and we are delighted to once again welcome some of the world’s finest golfers to the Dom Pedro Victoria Course.
“After a difficult period, the European Tour’s return to our facilities enables us to demonstrate why Vilamoura and Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection has a reputation as one of Europe’s most sought after golf destinations. We look forward to hosting such a prestigious event and crowning the 2021 champion.”
Luis Araújo, president of Turismo de Portugal, also welcomed the tournament’s rescheduling. “The Portugal Masters is of great importance for the tourism sector in Portugal, providing great media exposure for the whole country. It confirms that Portugal continues to be an excellent destination for all golfers, and an international presence in terms of major sporting events. This is a very prestigious competition, and it will be an important moment to showcase the international prestige of our country.”
Dom Pedro Victoria is one of five golf courses within the Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection.