QUARTEIRA, PORTUGAL – NOVEMBER 07: Thomas Pieters of Belgium celebrates with the winners trophy after the final round of the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course on November 07, 2021 in Quarteira, Portugal. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Thomas Pieters will defend his Portugal Masters title next week when the popular event returns to Dom Pedro Victoria from October 27-30.

The Belgian won his fifth DP World Tour title at last year’s tournament after carding a three under par 68 in the final round in Vilamoura to finish two strokes clear of Danish pair Lucas Bjerregaard and Nicolai Højgaard and Frenchman Mathieu Pavon.

The victory kick-started a run of form which saw him return to the Top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking, culminating in his sixth DP World Tour victory and first Rolex Series title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January.

The 30-year-old has enjoyed another successful season on the DP World Tour and is currently sixth on the season-long DP World Tour Rankings in Partnership with Rolex, adding a runner up result at the BMW International Open and four further top ten finishes to his victory in the UAE.

“I’m very excited to return to Vilamoura next month,” said Pieters. “I’m really proud of last year’s victory and how I closed the tournament out. It had been a little while between wins but my caddie Adam and I had worked really hard during those two years, so it felt like it was a title that we really deserved.

“The Portugal Masters will be my final event of the season as my partner and I are expecting our second child in November, so I’m hoping to finish my year on a high note. With Ryder Cup points now up for grabs, there’s an added incentive to perform well in each event we play as I would love to have the opportunity to represent Europe again.”

The Portugal Masters also promises high drama as the final counting event for the 2022 DP World Tour Rankings, giving players the last opportunity of the season for them to earn their playing rights for the following year. The top 110 players on the season-long standings will secure their cards for 2023.

Tickets are now available for the 16th edition of the Portugal Masters, which once again takes place at the Arnold Palmer-designed Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course. Season passes, giving access to the grounds for Wednesday’s Pro-Am day and all four tournament days are available for €60 for adults and €24 for youths (aged 13-17), with single day tickets priced at €20 for adults and €10 for youths. Children aged 12 or under can accompany a paying adult for free. Click here to purchase.