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European Tour plays on Iberian Peninsula for 3rd week in row

Portugal Open, to be played at the late Seve Ballesteros-designed Royal Obidos, wraps up 3-week swing through Spain and Portugal

3: Number of consecutive weeks that the European Tour has played on the continent’s Iberian Peninsula as the Portugal Open prepares to start Thursday in Obidos, Portugal. The tour has retooled its schedule to minimize travel and play closer to its home base in continental Europe. The Portugal Open will begin Thursday at Royal Obidos Spa and Resort, a Seve Ballesteros design that opened in 2012, the year after the legendary Spaniard died (tee times). In the previous two weeks, American John Catlin won the Andalucia Masters in Spain before South Africa’s George Coetzee won last week’s Portugal Masters. This week’s Portugal Open, with a €500,000 purse (about $590,000), will be a joint-ranking event for the European and Challenge tours.

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