Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters at Real Club Valderrama
Valderrama is one of the toughest golf courses in the world, which is why the professionals on the European Tour love it – challenge guaranteed! ‘Super Sergio’ won it thrice – his foundation hosts the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. But nothing is ever a given on this course, as every hole needs to be played with respect. Moved forward from October to June to attract even more of the bigger players, the course should be glorious to play early summer, as the Andalucia Valderrama Masters has established itself as one of the best tournaments in Europe! Watch the video to find out what it’s all about
The Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters is one of Europe’s premier golfing events, becoming a staple on the tour calendar for golf enthusiasts across the globe. The event is held at the fantastic Real Club Valderrama in Andalusia and this year presented a prize pot of €1.25m; the winner’s share of this being a whopping €196,690. Find out more about this year’s event and some history about this stop on the European Tour below!
The PGA European Tour is Europe’s biggest golfing tournament, attracting the highest-ranking players in the world to compete for staggering prize pots in some truly iconic locations. Spanning across mainland Europe and beyond, the tour is one of the world’s most renowned tournaments, and which culminates in the Race to Dubai.
With a live broadcast reach of more than 490 million viewers in 150 countries, the Tour truly is one of the biggest spectator events of the year.
Past & Present Winner
With such an illustrious history, it’s to be expected that you’ll find a host of legendary names when looking at the past winners of the tournament – names such as Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie, Seve Ballesteros, and Sir Nick Faldo are among those who have dominated on the tour, with many of the current crop of up and coming names also claiming wins along the tour.
Leading the way with 50 European Tour wins is the legendary Severiano Ballesteros, a monumental feat for any golfer that is unlikely to ever be matched. Seve managed to achieve these 50 wins in less than 20 years, which again is testament to his dominance over the game at the height of his playing days.
Back to Andalucía, we see a relatively new stop on the tour – the Andalucía Masters has been a part of the programme since 2010. The record win for this tournament is Sergio Garcia’s 272 aggregate in 2017, where he also set a course record -12 to the par.
The current champion is USA’s John Catlin, who won the event in September 2020 with a score of 286 – a slender 1 stroke win was enough to claim the prize over runner up Martin Kaymer.
Real Club Valderrama
Widely renowned as Spain’s finest golf course, Real Club Valderrama boasts gorgeous landscapes and challenging greens a plenty to make for one of the most enjoyable stops on the entire European Tour. It has been named the number 1 course in continental Europe since 1988. The finest moment the course has had since its introduction came in 1997, when the course played host to the coveted Ryder Cup – the sport’s most illustrious tournament. This tournament was famed for being Tiger Woods’ first ever Ryder Cup appearance, however he came out on the losing side in a tight 14 ½ – 13 ½ European victory. Europe’s captain for that tournament was none other than the European Tour’s greatest ever player, Severiano Ballesteros.
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