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Posted by portugalpress on May 04, 2017

Paul Lawrie, Mike Weir and Andy Sullivan are among the golfing superstars that will be competing at the Portugal Open, taking place between Thursday, May 11 and Sunday, May 14 at the Morgado Golf Course in Portimão.

Though Lawrie has played on Portuguese greens many times before, it will be a first for Weir who is described as “one of the best players” to ever compete in Portugal in a joint statement released by the tournament’s organisers.

Lawrie and Weir are both veteran golfers, aged 48 and 46. While Lawrie is a former champion of the British Open (or Open Championship as it used to be called) and an eight-time European Tour title winner, Weir is best known for his eight PGA Tour titles, including the Tour Championship in 2001 and the Masters Tournament in 2003.

Joining them as one of the headliners of the Portugal Open is England’s 29-year-old Andy Sullivan, who won the Portugal Masters in 2015.

In fact, 30 golfers who will be competing at the Portugal Open have already won at least one European Tour tournament. Among them are Portugal’s own Filipe Lima and Ricardo Santos.

Other Portuguese competitors include Olympian Ricardo Melo Gouveia and his younger brother Tomás Melo Gouveia.

The Portugal Open will be held for the first time since 2010.

It is returning as a dual-ranking event of the European Tour and Challenge Tour and is organised by the Nau Hotels & Resorts group, the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG) and Portugal’s Golf Association (PGA Portugal).

Another world-class golfing event will be held in the Algarve in September when the Oceânico Vilamoura course in Vilamoura is due to host another edition of the Portugal Masters.

Photos by: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images



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