DID YOU KNOW – PORTUGAL MASTERS
• Tom Lewis claimed his first European Tour title in just this third event as a professional in 2011. This matched the European Tour record for a player winning in the fewest amount of events since leaving the amateur game. Alejandro Cañizares won his third outing in the paid ranks at the 2006 Russian Open.
• Playing on as sponsors invitation in 2011, Lewis then aged 20 years and 284 days became the third youngest Englishman to win in European Tour history, behind Paul Way (19 years and 149 days – 1982 KLM Open) and Sir Nick Faldo (20 years and 30 days – 1977 Skol Lager Individual).
• When Shane Lowry won the 2012 Portugal Masters beating Ross Fisher by one shot, he joined Pablo Martin Benavides as the only two players to have won on The European Tour as both an amateur and a professional. Lowry won the Irish Open in 2009 as an amateur in his very first European Tour appearance.
• When Richard Green won the 2010 Portugal Masters in 2010 he was the second left-hander to win that year, following Phil Mickelson at the Masters Tournament. This marked the first time in European Tour history two left handed players had won in the same season.
• The Portugal Masters is known for its low scoring. The average winning score of the event, now in its seventh year, is 267. For the second year the course will be played as a par 71, as opposed to a 72.