Ricardo Gouveia Tipped To Make Home Advantage Count At The Open de Portugal

The Open de Portugal returns to the European Tour for the first time since 2010 on Thursday and this week's event at the Morgado Golf and Country Club in Portimao should make for an intriguing betting heat, particularly with the winner due to receive a one year tour exemption...

11th May - 14th May OddsWon/LostBet
  Open de Portugal    
Tips Ricardo Gouveia (each way)    Best Bet @ 16 / 1  
Steve Webster (each way) @ 100 / 1  

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It is Ricardo Gouveia who heads to the western end of the Algarve as the bookmakers' favourite (16/1 with Boylesports) and a venue that has been likened to a Scottish links-type course must feel like a home away from home for one of the few players who can boast experience of the 6,400 yard track.

Gouveia grew up in the Algarve and he looks a very decent price in what is a weak field in Portugal, with the home favourite collecting €70,000 from his past three appearances on the European Tour.

Gouveia has been impressive during the last couple of years as he was superb on the 2015 Challenge Tour before enjoying a solid first season on the main tour, which culminated with a tie for 3rd at the Nedbank Challenge in 2016, and he is primed to take a further step forward by taking advantage of his knowledge of home conditions this week.
Tip #1: Ricardo Gouveia (each way) @ 16/1 with Boylesports.com.

Trevor Fisher Jr (20/1) has also been in good touch of late as he top-tenned in Morocco and Zimbabwe but the South African tends to produce his best on home soil, while Paul Lawrie can be backed at 28/1 in what will be his first start since winning in South Africa in February.

Each-Way Value

Meanwhile, Steve Webster won the Portugal Masters in 2007 and has secured six other top-fifteen finishes in Portugal, with the 100/1 shot worthy of consideration off the back of a decent effort in only his second start of 2017 at the Tshwane Open.
Tip #2: Steve Webster (each way) @ 100/1 with Betfred.

Elsewhere, Tom Lewis came into consideration for us as he was winner of the Portugal Masters in 2011 and he is a decent links golfer, albeit his form during 2017 ensures that his price of 66/1 is perhaps a touch thin.

At bigger odds, Pedro Figueiredo has been in excellent form on the ProGolf Tour, securing top-thirteen finishes in all nine starts, including six top-six efforts. He is a 200/1 shot but the Portuguese player will hope home advantage can count, albeit he was dreadful on the Challenge Tour during 2016 and the step up in class could prove to be a bit too much again.

2017 Open de Portugal Odds

Posted: Tuesday, 9th May 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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