Another Ryder Cup… Whatever

OzinSpain has been mildly disparaging about the Ryder Cup in the past (Ryder Hype Runneth Over), arguing that it might be über-significant for US and European players and fans but considerably less so for the overwhelming 90 per cent majority of the rest of the world: i.e. Africa, Asia, South America, Oceania and all the […]

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Island Paradise for Aussies

Stacey Keating celebrates with caddie/boyfriend Darren Peters Australian Nikki Garrett made a scorching start to the 2012 Tenerife Open de España Femenino but it was compatriot Stacey Keating who eventually left Golf Las Américas with the main silverware. Garrett, the Ladies European Tour’s 2006 rookie of the year, opened with a bogey-free career-best eight-under 64 […]

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Gonzo Golf Prevails in Italy

The new champion and his wife Alicia Carriles (Photo: Getty Images) Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño was one of four high-ranked Spaniards hoping to make his Ryder Cup debut this year. In the end he, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Álvaro Quíros and Pablo Larrazábal fell short in the qualification process – and failed to gain a wild-card selection from captain […]

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End of Era at Valderrama?

Junta in hot water with European Tour… Sergio García on the way to victory in 2011 (Photo: Fernando Herranz) By Pedro Bolichero Valderrama’s pre-eminent role on the Spanish golfing scene could have come to an undignified end after the effectively 11th hour cancellation of the third edition of the Andalucía Masters, due to be held […]

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Spanish Golf Trailblazer

Severiano Ballesteros was the first Spanish golfer to shine in the international spotlight but it was his uncle Ramón Sota who helped pave the way when the game was effectively in its infancy in Spain. Sota, who has died of pneumonia aged 74, and the older Miguel brothers, Ángel and Sebastian, were the first Spanish […]

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