Ryder Cup winner Ross Fisher is looking to exploit the absence of last year’s champion Lee Westwood and make a bold showing in the Portugal Masters this week.
Online bookmakers are giving away free bets to new customers and cash back special offers for the Portugal Masters taking place at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura from Thursday 14 October to Sunday 17 October.
Bookmakers installed the Englishman as favourite to win the European Tour event after Westwood withdrew following a recurrence of the calf injury that has been troubling him in the latter part of the season.
Fisher is available at odds of 14/1 with 888 Sport and he tees off from the tenth at 8.30am on Thursday with Darren Clarke and 2008 winner Alvaro Quiros.
Quiros is coming into the Portugal event on the back of his tied fifth finish behind Martin Kaymer in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last weekend, 888 Sport are offering odds of 16/1 for the big hitting Spaniard to win the event this week.
It’s over a week since the Ryder Cup celebrations ceased and the hangovers should be cured by now.
Fisher is joined in Portugal by Ryder Cup team-mates Miguel Angel Jiminez who took last weekend off and brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari who probably wished they had too.
The brothers mustered under the weather displays to finish well outside the top 50 in the cold and wind of Scotland.
Jiminez tees off with Edoardo from the first at 12.50pm when they will be joined by Danny Willett.
Franceso Molinari follows his brother’s group at 1.00pm when he partners Rhys Davies and Charl Schwartzel.
FIRST ROUND TEE TIMES (BST):
From the first:
07:50 JACQUELIN Raphaël, MARTIN Pablo, HULDAHL Jeppe
08:00 HENNINGSSON Oskar, GARRIDO Ignacio, JONZON Michael
08:10 SANDELIN Jarmo, WALL Anthony, NOREN Alexander
08:20 CANETE Ariel, FERRIE Kenneth, FORSYTH Alastair
08:30 COLES Robert, PRICE Phillip, GREEN Richard
08:40 EDFORS Johan, BOURDY Grégory, DODT Andrew
08:50 MORRISON James, LUCQUIN Jean-François, GONZALEZ Ricardo
09:00 CÉVAËR Christian, KINGSTON James, HEDBLOM Peter
09:10 ZANOTTI Fabrizio, ROSADO Antonio, CAÑIZARES Alejandro
09:20 ECHENIQUE Rafa, O’MALLEY Peter, GALLACHER Stephen
From the tenth:
07:50 WEBSTER Steve, LARRAZÁBAL Pablo, STRANGE Scott
08:00 DIXON David, LUITEN Joost, ANDERSSON HED Fredrik
08:10 HANSEN Søren, MANASSERO Matteo, LIMA José-Filipe
08:20 PARRY John, HAVRET Grégory, DYSON Simon
08:30 CLARKE Darren, QUIROS Alvaro, FISHER Ross
08:40 WILSON Oliver, KHAN Simon, KARLSSON Robert
08:50 HANSEN Anders, HOWELL David, HORSEY David
09:00 O’HARA Steven, LAFEBER Maarten, BRIER Markus
09:10 CRUZ Tiago, MCEVOY Richard, QUESNE Julien
09:20 LOCKERBIE Gary, RODRIGUES (AM) Tiago, LAWRIE Paul
From the first:
12:10 OTTO Hennie, CHOWRASIA S S P, RAMSAY Richie
12:20 MAYBIN Gareth, DONALDSON Jamie, LANE Barry
12:30 LEVET Thomas, DOUGHERTY Nick, BOYD Gary
12:40 LOWRY Shane, McGOWAN Ross, FDEZ-CASTAÑO Gonzalo
12:50 WILLETT Danny, JIMÉNEZ Miguel Angel, MOLINARI Edoardo
13:00 MOLINARI Francesco, DAVIES Rhys, SCHWARTZEL Charl
13:10 KJELDSEN Søren, ROCK Robert, BJÖRN Thomas
13:20 DELAMONTAGNE François, ERLANDSSON Martin, WARING Paul
13:30 WOOD Chris, MCGRANE Damien, KANG Anthony
13:40 DREDGE Bradley, DRYSDALE David, RANDHAWA Jyoti
13:50 COLSAERTS Nicolas, LITTLE Sam, WARREN Marc
From the tenth:
12:10 SANTOS Ricardo, DERKSEN Robert-Jan, BUTTERFIELD Andrew
12:20 WIEGELE Martin, LUNDBERG Mikael, CAMPBELL Michael
12:30 LAWRIE Peter, NILSSON Christian, HOEY Michael
12:40 LARA José Manuel, FINCH Richard, AIKEN Thomas
12:50 WHITEFORD Peter, SIEM Marcel, LYNN David
13:00 BLAND Richard, ELSON Jamie, RUMFORD Brett
13:10 VANCSIK Daniel, BROWN Mark, GOYA Tano
13:20 CABRERA-BELLO Rafael, DODD Stephen, FASTH Niclas
13:30 MCGINLEY Paul, JAIDEE Thongchai, AGUILAR Felipe
13:40 STORM Graeme, ILONEN Mikko, SOBRINHO António
13:50 FOSTER Mark, KAPUR Shiv, VIOLAS (AM) Manuel