Melo Gouveia, 168th place in the Race to Dubai championship rankings, and Figueiredo, 177th place, are the only Portuguese players with direct entry to the Portuguese event of the European Tour, endowed with €1.5 million in cash prizes.

But, in addition to the two Portuguese professionals who usually compete on the European circuit, the 13th Portugal Masters will count, thanks to the attribution of wild cards, on the presence of João Carlota, Tomás Silva, Tiago Cruz, Miguel Gaspar, Tomás Melo Gouveia, Tomás Bessa and amateur champion and vice-champions, Daniel Rodrigues and Pedro Silva.

Like Figueiredo, who admits to having great expectations about playing in the tournament, Melo Gouveia needs a good performance to ensure, for the fifth year, his European Tour card, after missing the cut in the last three events and whose best result of the season was 30th place in the Trophee Hassan II, in April, and 40th place in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, in late September.

"I hope to be able to use the good memories I have of the last two years to give a little joy to what has been a very frustrating season in terms of results,” Gouveia said, referring to the top-5 and top-10 achieved in 2017 and 2018, respectively.