Costa del Sol
Later this year Marbella-born Azahara Muñoz will be be returning to the scene of one of the most cherished moments in her career. The Ladies European Tour has just announced that the 2020 Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España will be played at Royal Guadalmina Golf Club from 26-29 November.
It was at Guadalmina where a young Azahara learnt to play the game before becoming an international star, and US LPGA Tour champion, and also the club where she won a second consecutive Spanish Women’s Open crown in 2017.
The previous year, at nearby Aloha Golf, Muñoz became the first Spanish women’s golfer to win her home Open. She also finished second behind Dutchwoman Anne Van Dam in the 2018 edition at La Quinta, and was joint fourth when the event returned to Aloha in 2019, also being won by Van Dam.
This year’s Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España will be the final tournament of the 2020 Ladies European Tour, offering a €600,000 prize fund (double last year’s total) and setting the scene for an exciting finale of the Race to Costa del Sol (the new LET order of merit).
Spanish star Jon Rahm will be in the marquee group on Thursday when the US PGA Tour resumes officially for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak halted golf around the world three months ago.
The three leading players in the world ranking (which was frozen when the main global tours went into hibernation) will be the main featured group in the first tournament back, the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial in Fort Worth, starting on Thursday (11 June) – albeit without fans allowed on the course.
Rory McIlroy (1), Jon Rahn (2) and Brooks Koepka (3) also played together in the first round of the 2020 Players Championship, after which the event was cancelled and the subsequent Tour schedule put on hold.
The omens are good for 25-year-old Rahm, if he can recapture that day’s form: he carded 69, while Koepka had a 70 and McIlroy a 72.
Apart from McIlroy, Rahm and Koepka, other star groups will be Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose, and Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland and defending champion Kevin Na.
The overall strength of the field is highlighted by the fact that, in total, 101 of the 148 players have won on Tour.
In all, 15 of the world’s top 20 ranked golfers will be teeing up in Texas. Among those missing are Adam Scott (6), Tommy Fleetwood (10) and Tiger Woods (11). Scott has expressed his concerns with the tour’s COVID-19 testing protocol, and is not expected to return to competition for two months, in the lead-up to the newly-scheduled majors. UK-based Fleetwood explained in May that the quarantine times for international visitors would also most likely keep him away from the US for an extended period.
“It isn’t impossible for me to play,” Fleetwood told Golf Digest. “Far from it. But two weeks of quarantine at both ends of a trip across the Atlantic is a huge issue. That factor really made my decision for me. To go over and play in the three events scheduled for June would eat up seven weeks of my life. That’s more than double what a trip like that would normally take. I wouldn’t want to be away from my wife and kids for that long.”
Woods, meanwhile, has only played once professionally at the Colonial, finishing joint fourth in the 1997 event.
The US PGA Championship, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, has been moved from May to 6-9 August; the US Open until after the official 2019-2020 season concludes, from June to September 17 to 20 at Winged Foot in New York; and the US Masters at Augusta, normally in April, to an unprecedented late-autumn date, 12-15 November.
The Tokyo Olympics (now including a golf competition, re-introduced in 2016) have been postponed until 2021; and a decision is still pending on the Ryder Cup, due to be held at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from 25 to 27 September.
European Tour Update
The European Tour plans to resume its 2020 season with the launch of a new six-week “UK Swing”. Suspended on 8 March due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Tour is scheduled to return to action in July and continue to December.
All tournaments will initially be played behind closed doors, and all will be “subject to stringent safety and testing protocols set out in the Tour’s comprehensive Health Strategy, which will continue to evolve, aligned with international government guidance and health guidelines”.
The “UK Swing” begins with the Betfred British Masters hosted by Lee Westwood, at Close House, near Newcastle, from Wednesday 22 July to Saturday 25 July, followed by the English Open (Marriott Forest of Arden), English Championship (Marriott Hanbury Manor), Celtic Classic and Wales Open (both at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport) and finally the UK Championship (The Belfry).
The Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, due to be held from 29 April to 3 May at Royal Valderrama, has not been rescheduled in 2020.
Resumption of Women’s Tours
Both the US LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour were also forced to cancel tournaments from March to June.
The LPGA is scheduled to resume on 23 July with the Marathon Classic in Ohio; while the LET is due to return to action with the Ladies Scottish Open from 13 to 16 August. This follows the announcement this week that the Evian Championship – one of five women’s majors, and due to be played from 6 August at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France – has been postponed until next year.
In Spain, the La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational (scheduled to be played in May) and the Mediterranean Ladies Open (Terramar Golf Club in July) have been “postponed”, but the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open (at a club to be confirmed) is still scheduled for 6 to 9 November.
We have just included for high season a twilight offer at Valle Romano Golf course. If you play after 14:00, special rate will be 54€ per person, valid until the 15th November.
Check out this offer we have just included at Tryp Estepona Valle Romano, holiday resort with 430 spacious three-key fully equipped apartments, integrated with the Valle Romano Golf course and only 20 minutes by car from Marbella center.
This special package is valid until the end of December, and it includes 3 nights in a 2 bedroom apartment + 2 green fees at Valle Romano, including a pint of beer each day you play. All this for only 177€ if apartment is shared by 2 people, 159€, shared by 3 people & 147€, if its shared by 4.
Cabopino Golf has just launched an early bird offer. Green fee + buggy (from 08:00 to 08:50) for only 54€ per person. Offer valid from the 1st October to the 15th November.
We have just launched this offer at Westin La Quinta Golf Resort, located in Benahavís (Marbella). We include an additional 12% discount over the package rate for stays in November, only if you confirm your booking before the 30th October.
Set in stunning natural surroundings overlooking the Marbella coastline, the resort has undergone a major revamp to enhance its luxurious amenities and refined lifestyle. The hotel rooms are spacious and the beds large and ultra-comfortable, and guests can also enjoy the pleasures of a magnificent spa and the adjacent La Quinta Golf & Country Club with its 27-hole championship course.
3 nights + 3 green fees at La Quinta for
390€ 344€ per person.
Enjoy a wonderful stay on the Costa del Sol, at Las Pirámides near Fuengirola’s main promenade, taking advantage of an incomparable rate and exclusively for our clients.
We have a two-night package with half-board plus a green fee at El Chaparral Golf, buggy included, for only €121 in October and reduced from €97 in November and December.
We also offer longer stays of seven nights with half-board plus four green fees at courses in the area, for €496 in October and from €365 in November and December.
These exceptional offers are available for reservation until 15 September.
We have just launched this twilight offer at Villa Padierna Golf Club. During the months of July & August, play after 16:00 with a reduced rate.
2 green fees + Buggy at Flamingos: 152€.
2 green fees + buggy at Alferini: 140€.
2 green fees + buggy at Tramores: 99€.
Check out this great offer we have just taken out at Tryp Estepona Valle Romano including free lunch at Valle Romano’s Club house.
All of this for just 230€ per person. Valid until the 30th of June, subject to availability.
7 nights in a double room with breakfast + 5 green fees at Guadalmina North & South + 2 Dinners at Hotel + 2 x 10€ drink voucher at hotel + 1 Spa access for only 612€ per person. Also available for 3 nights + 2 green fees + Spa from 234€ per person.
Valid until the 31st of May, subject to availability.
This is a non-refundable offer: once confirmed no cancellations or modifications are allowed.