Price won this event last year in fine form, as the 34-year-old ripped off a closing round of 64 to finish two shots ahead of Padraig Harrington at 15-under-par 273. It marked his second overall title on the European Tour, his first occurring at this very same event in 1994.
While Harrington will not be present this year to challenge Price again, many of Europes stronger players will ' veterans Sam Torrance and Barry Lane are set to tee it up, as are Costantino Rocca, Andrew Oldcorn and Pierre Fulke. Likewise, young British golfers Ian Poulter and Justin Rose are also in the field. They are all competing for a share of the total purse, which is approaching $900,000.
One more golfer who will be in Portugal this week is Diego Borrego. Borrego collected his second European win two weeks ago at the Madeira Island Open, and may be a good pick, as the Spaniard is not far from his homeland.
As it was dormant last week, the European Tour will again not hold a tournament next week. The Masters in the United States gets the billing, with many of the circuits top golfers traveling to the Augusta National Golf Club. The next European event is The Seve Trophy, which will be contested April 19-21 in Ireland.