Dom Pedro Victoria History-Maker Oliver Fisher Thrilled To Return Ahead Of Portugal Masters

The Englishman returns to the scene of his 59 - the first and only sub-60 round in DP World Tour history

Oliver Fisher holds his finish on an iron shot
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Oliver Fisher will relive his most memorable moment in golf when he competes in this week’s Portugal Masters at the ever-popular Dom Pedro Victoria – the course where he made Tour history just four years ago.

In 2018, the now 34-year-old became the first player in the 46 years of the DP World Tour to shoot a sub-60 score when he carded an eagle and 10 birdies on his way to a magical round of 59. It was the first time in nearly 700,000 rounds of golf on the DP World Tour that the feat had been achieved.

The Portugal Masters is returning to the Arnold Palmer-designed Victoria course in Vilamoura, one of the best golf courses in Portugal this week and the course record-holder was understandably in good spirits as he prepares to tackle a layout that holds a special place in his heart.

Fisher said: “It’s always great to come back to Portugal. Out here at Dom Pedro Victoria it’s always a great venue that brings back good memories for me. It’s nice to come back, the way that the staff look after us for the week is always special.

“Everyone feels relaxed here. The course gives you plenty of opportunities and it’s a fun week.

“As you come round the back seven or eight holes it gives you plenty of water, plenty of drama and there’s opportunities for eagles.

“It’s always great to come back to somewhere where you’ve got some good memories. I had previous good rounds before that round here [59 in 2018]. The 59 is definitely the standout round for me.”

Fisher will be joined in the field by 2022 Tour winners Thorbjorn Olesen, Victor Perez, Oliver Wilson, Robert MacIntyre and last week’s Mallorca Golf Open winner, Yannik Paul, as the season builds towards an exciting climax with world number one Rory McIlroy still leading the DP World Tour Rankings.

After his maiden victory in Mallorca last week, DP World Tour rookie Paul is in relaxed mood ahead of this week’s event and is looking forward to playing in the Algarve event he has been told is one of the best on the calendar by his fellow pros.

Yannick Paul with the Mallorca Open trophy

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The German said: “I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about Vilamoura, a lot of other players said this is one of the best weeks of the year. The golf course is amazing but also off the course you have the port close by and a lot of great restaurants. My girlfriend is here this week - she was here last week as well – she was also really excited to come to Portugal, so we are looking forward to a great week.

“It’s my seventh week in a row [on tour] so I’ve played a lot of golf recently. I always enjoy when my girlfriend is here and we do some exploring outside of golf. We’re actually staying a couple of days longer after the tournament close to Lisbon to check out some beach towns near as we’ve heard some great things about Portugal so we’re excited for that.”

Fisher will be teeing off at 9.10am on Thursday (October 27) alongside Portugal’s Ricardo Santos and Italian Lorenzo Gagli while Paul will head out at 8.40am alongside former Ryder Cup star Edoardo Molinari and four-time DP World Tour winner Matt Wallace.

The trio of Ryder Cup hopefuls, MacIntyre, Perez and Nicolai Hojgaard, have also been grouped together and will head out at 8.30am.

To add to the Victoria course, there are another four layouts in and around the town of Vilamoura that make up the Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection, with PinhalLagunaMillennium and Frank Pennink’s iconic Old course – one of the most established designs in Portugal - adding to an impressive roster of layouts. In September, Dom Pedro’s Laguna course was reopened to much acclaim following a requalification process that was based on three key pillars: sustainability, biodiversity and improving the quality of the course.

Long considered one of the most popular European hubs for travelling golfers, Vilamoura’s vibrant nightlife and bars are complemented by world-class golf with Dom Pedro’s five courses offering a different test for all levels of player. Three hotel properties, Dom Pedro VilamouraDom Pedro Marina and Dom Pedro Portobelo serve as ideal bases for a golf break.

For more information on the Portugal Masters and how to purchase tickets, or email (opens in new tab)to find out more on Dom Pedro Hotels & Collection.

Portugal Masters opening round tee times.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x