The 57th Portuguese Open @ Morgado Golf Resort, the only Portuguese tournament of the Challenge Tour, with 200,000 euros in prize money, kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, 12, in Portimão with a total of 18 Portuguese in action.
There are 12 of the 16 players who have won Tournament tournaments, the second tier of Europe, and 11 top-15 players in the current ranking.
As for the Portuguese, the previous record belonged to the 2010 Portuguese Open at Penha Longa, then a European Tour (first tier) tournament, which featured 15 Portuguese.
“We have made an extra effort this year to give even more opportunities to Portuguese players,” explained José Correia, the president of PGA Portugal, one of the organizers of the Open, along with the Portuguese Golf Federation and the Nau Hotels Group, owner of field.
The Algarve's Ricardo Santos and Filipe Lima, who have won tournaments in 2019, are part of the favorites for a tournament title that has never met a Portuguese champion.
“I want to give myself a chance to discuss the title. Of course this title obviously has a very special affection, ”said Ricardo Santos, a native of Quarteira, who won this year at the Swiss Challenge in Switzerland, and occupies the 4th place in the Race for Mallorca, the“ ranking ”of European second division – At the end of the season, the top 15 finishers are promoted to the European Tour.
The remaining 16 Portuguese who will be in action at the Portuguese Open needed invitations from the organization: amateurs Daniel da Costa Rodrigues and Pedro Silva, and professionals Tomás Silva, Tomás Bessa, Tomás Melo Gouveia, Tiago Rodrigues, João Ramos, Tiago Cruz , Miguel Gaspar, Vitor Lopes, João Carlota, Alexandre Abreu, João Magalhães, Hugo Santos, Francisco Oliveira and Nathan Brader.