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Players praise Oceânico Victoria Golf Course
October 14, 2011

With 38 of the current top 60 players in The Race to Dubai rankings on show this week at The Portugal Masters, the host venue is once again proving to be one of the most popular stops of The European Tour season. Feedback from the players during the lead-up to the tournament has been fantastic and praise has been unanimous for the Arnold Palmer designed Oceânico Victoria Golf Course and its outstanding facilities.

Three-time Major Champion, Padraig Harrington is looking for a return to form and this week's tournament presents an ideal opportunity for the Irishman, as he always feels at home in Portugal, "The Oceânico Victoria course is an absolutely perfect venue for this time of the year. We have a lot of choice as to where we play at this time of the season, but I wanted to play here as I know the courses are always in great condition in the Algarve."

2007 Portugal Masters Champion, Steve Webster is also a fan of the Oceânico Victoria layout and has fond memories of his emotional victory here four years ago, "This is my favourite event of the year and I always look forward to coming back as the facilities are first-class and the course is always in magnificent condition. In fact I don't think you will find better greens all year on Tour."

Ever-popular Spaniard, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is enjoying a return to form, following 5 months out injured and is looking forward to competing here again after his 2 nd place finish in 2010, "The course is very good and the layout is testing. The greens are particularly well designed and are once again in fantastic condition. Every time you come to Portugal you know what you are going to get, the weather is fantastic and courses are always pristine.

Great Dane, Thomas Bjorn is looking to make it four wins on the 2011 European Tour this week and fancies his chances, "You really need to putt well on this course as the greens are great. The Par 5's are definitely key, if you can take advantage of these and manage the tough Par 4's you should see some low scores this week."

Having narrowly missed out on claiming the title in 2009 & 2010, finishing second on both occasions, Italy's Francesco Molinari believes the key to playing well on the Arnold Palmer design is driving, "I believe it's a golf course where you can easily get into trouble if you hit it into the rough, so playing well off the tee is the key to success."

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