The Open de Portugal: 50 years of golfing tradition

For over half a century, the Open de Portugal has stood as a testament to excellence in professional golf. Originating in 1953, this annual tournament has been a cornerstone of Portugal’s golfing landscape, showcasing local talent and international stars.

Originally part of the European Tour from 1973 to 2010, the tournament underwent a brief hiatus before resurfacing in 2017 as a dual-ranking event on both the European and Challenge Tours. This revival marked a significant chapter in the tournament’s history, reaffirming its status as a premier golfing event. The promoter of the traditional Open is the Federação Portuguesa de Golfe, which is celebrating 75 years of life in 2024.

Currently, the tournament is only on the Challenge Tour calendar, and this season, it will be played again at Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort from September 12 to 15, with a prize pool of 270.000 euros. The defending champion is the Englishman Marco Penge. 

Throughout its storied past, the Open de Portugal has witnessed the triumphs of renowned players such as Sam Torrance, Colin Montgomerie, and Miguel Angel Jiménez, alongside emerging talents like Matt Wallace and Garrick Higgo. Their participation has not only elevated the competition but has also cemented its reputation on the global stage.

The Open de Portugal venues

The tournament has been hosted at prestigious venues across Portugal, including Estoril, Royal Óbidos, Morgado, Penina, Vale do Lobo, Troia, Penha Longa, and Quinta do Lago, each providing a challenging and picturesque backdrop for the world’s finest golfers. Despite its diverse locations, the Open de Portugal has remained a beacon of distinction, attracting enthusiasts from far and wide to witness the drama unfold on the fairways. At Tee Times Golf Agency, we offer the best packages for those who want to play on courses that have hosted the Open, enjoying their Portugal golf breaks at the highest level.

While the tournament has yet to see a Portuguese champion, players like José-Filipe Lima have come close, embodying the nation’s growing prowess in the sport. Regardless of the outcome, each edition of the Open de Portugal has served as a platform for seasoned professionals and rising stars to showcase their skills and compete for glory.

Notable moments, such as Colin Montgomerie’s record-breaking performance in 1989 (264 strokes), have etched themselves into the annals of golfing history, adding to the tournament’s rich tapestry of achievements. The Open de Portugal has provided countless memories for players and spectators, from dramatic playoffs to historic milestones.

As the Open looks ahead to its next chapter, it remains a symbol of Portugal’s enduring passion for golf and its commitment to fostering excellence in the sport. With each passing year, the Open de Portugal continues to captivate audiences, ensuring its rightful place among the world’s premier golfing events.

In summary, the Open de Portugal is a testament to 50 years of golfing tradition, embodying the spirit of competition, camaraderie, and sportsmanship that define the sport. As it enters its next era, the contest remains a beacon of excellence, inspiring generations of golfers to pursue their passion and strive for greatness on the green.

Photos: © Rodrigo Gatinho / Golftattoo / Federação Portuguesa de Golfe

Portugal Golf – Marco Penge wins Open de Portugal 2023

Marco Penge wins Open de Portugal 2023. Open de Portugal 2023 is won by Marco Penge.

Open de Portugal ended with a victory for Marco Penge

The 25-year-old Marco Penge won the 61st Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos, Lisbon region, completing an eventful year that included his marriage, qualifying for the British Open, winning his first Challenge Tour title, and moving to 19th in the Race to Mallorca.

He won the Portuguese Open with 272 strokes, 16 strokes under par at Royal Óbidos, after rounds of 65, 68, 69, and 70, where he ranked second in the first 3 rounds. He was the 17th Englishman to win the tournament, but the first since Matt Wallace in 2017.

Over 250,000 euros was up for grabs as a prize, and Penge won 40,000 euros. The two runners-up each got 22,500 euros.

With 287 (-1), Ricardo Santos and Tomás Bessa were the best Portuguese players in the event. They were both ranked 47th. They each got a thousand euros. Bessa scored 63, 76, 76, and 72, while Santos scored 73, 69, 70, and 75.

“This was my second victory as a professional, but the first was in the third division, in England. Winning on the Challenge Tour is obviously my greatest achievement. It’s incredible. I don’t even know what to say, I haven’t even realized it yet”, said Marco Penge. “I have jumped from 84th to 19th in the rankings in the last five weeks. In golf, we are only one week away from turning an average year into a good year”.

Now, Penge is a rival to the Portuguese Ricardo Melo Gouveia, in the fight for the top 20 of the Race to Mallorca.

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Portugal Golf – Calendar of the World Corporate Golf Challenge Portugal 2023

Royal Óbidos. Royal Óbidos will host the national final of the prestigious corporate golf competition.

Internationally known corporate golf event celebrates its 30th anniversary

The Portuguese edition of the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) starts on the 25th of February. The World Corporate Golf Challenge is marking its 30th year of competition.

“The 30th edition of the world’s largest corporate golf tournament is something to celebrate, and this year is the perfect time for current and future sponsors to connect their names with the event. Strengthening the links amongst the many licenced nations will increase the international reach”, states Golf Concept’s founder Estela Sargento.

For the second year running, Golf Concept will be in charge of exclusively organising this event in Portugal, with a total of 6 events taking place at world-class golf courses.

The first competition will take place at the Amendoeira Golf Resort, in the O’Connor Jnr golf course. The course was designed by Christy O’Connor Jr. and already hosted golf tournaments on the PGA Portugal Tour and the Portuguese Golf Federation Circuit.

After Amendoeira, the next stop on the tour will be at the difficult Quinta Do Peru golf course, which will host two events in this Portuguese edition, on May 19 and 20. Due to a large number of players, it was necessary to create an extra event.

The formidable Ponte de Lima golf course, created by Daniel and David Silva, will feature again on this circuit, on June 3rd. After that, the last round before the final will be held at the Santo da Serra golf course, on June 17th.

The national final of the World Cup of Golf Championship Portugal 2023 will be held on July 8 at the Royal Óbidos, which was designed by Severiano Ballesteros and has hosted the Portuguese Open of the Challenge Tour on many occasions.

The team that wins the National Final will represent Portugal in the World Final, held for the second year in a row on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

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