Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are the latest golf stars to commit to the 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin from the 29th October to 1st November. Ranked 6th, 8th, 11th and 13th in the world respectively they qualify as the highest ranked available players not otherwise qualified on yesterday’s Official World Golf Ranking. Seven of the 11 players now confirmed are ranked in the world’s top 20 and the field looks sure to be the strongest ever with many tantalising match ups as the world’s best golfers go head to head in the new look Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Sergio Garcia: “I am delighted to have formally qualified for the first Volvo World Match Play to be held in Spain and I am really looking forward to playing in front of my home crowds. It is going to be an exciting few weeks for me playing at home in Spain. As well as playing in the Madrid Masters, I am hoping to defend my title at the Castello Masters and then try to go on to win the inaugural Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin. I think it will be fascinating for the spectators to be able to go and watch two such different events. Match play offers such a different spectacle and atmosphere for the fans and I think it is great for Spanish golf to be welcoming such a prestigious event.”
There are now only five places left to confirm in the field and this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship presents the last chance for the likes of Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher, Angel Cabrera, Oliver Wilson and Spain’s very own Gonzalo Fernandez Castano to secure their places. The five highest ranked players as of Monday, 5th October on the European Tour Race to Dubai Rankings not otherwise qualified will complete the 16-man line up and the right to compete for the €3.25 million prize fund and a first prize of €750,000.
“While I feel I am extremely close to being fully fit I have decided to heed advice and withdraw from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. I am really disappointed as it is a fantastic event and one I am very sorry to miss but I know that coming back too soon could undo all the rehabilitation work I have done. It has been a very frustrating time but I feel my patience is being rewarded having now completed several light practice sessions with no ill effects. I am looking forward to building on this over the next few weeks to get my game in shape for my return. My first event back will now be the Volvo World Match Play Championship where I hope I can get my Race to Dubai campaign back on track.”
***Paul is recovering from a tear of the internal oblique at the 10th and 11th rib and an intercostal strain in the same area.***
Who said golfing cannot be a relaxing experience? Ever thought of combining a rural atmosphere with your favorite sport?
Summer has reached it’s end. The daily routine is back, but surely you’re thinking of an Autumn golf getaway.
We’ve published a new package in Hotel Rural El Barreal, which is definitely an option to keep in mind when organizing your next escape. It is a bio-ecological house, thought to maintain the environmental guidelines that it is surrounded by.
Just imagine: golfing in the Club de Golf de León, only 5 minutes away. Afterwards, a quick meal in the city of León. And in the afternoon, take a walk in the surrounding nature, spend your time with a book next to the chimney or discover the different activities and therapeutical services that El Barreal can offer.
We know you’re convinced! So do not doubt it one more minute and ask us for a quote! And remember… at the moment this package is only available until the end of November, so don’t miss out on it!
Jeev Milkha Singh and Anthony Kim have confirmed they will play in the 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin from the 29th October to 1st November.
Milkha Singh and Kim have taken up their places in the 16-man field which they qualified for as the highest ranked available players from Asia and the North America based upon the Official World Ranking as of 17th August and via the all new qualifying criteria – part of Volvo’s innovative ‘new look’ match play. They join Paul Casey, Retief Goosen, Camilo Villegas, Robert Allenby and Scott Strange who have already confirmed their entry into the 2009 Championship.
Jeev Milkha Singh, the 37-year-old Indian, who becomes the first player from the sub-continent to play in the professional golf’s longest-running match play championship explained why he is delighted to be playing, “I resurrected my career by winning two Volvo-sponsored events in 2006, the Volvo China Open and the Volvo Masters, which got me inside the top 50 in the world and qualified me for the ‘majors’ and WGC events. I owe a debt of gratitude to Volvo who were completely understanding when I was unable to defend my Volvo China Open title in 2007 because I had the opportunity to play in my first ‘major,’ the US Masters at Augusta and I have never forgotten that.”
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Even if Marbella Golf was one of the earliest Robert Trent Jones designs on the Costa del Sol, the property had some legal issues with part of the land and the course has been operating with 13 holes for the last year. The works are due for completion by end of September and the course should return to its normal 18 holes from early October.
Pricing will also be changing and should be reflected on our green fee rates in the next few days.
Today we’ve published a few new packages for the Costa del Sol.
We put special emphasis on the package of Almenara in Sotogrande including 3 nights and playing in two magnificent courses, La Reserva and Real Club de Golf Sotogrande. You will be able to reserve at very special prices until spring 2010.
Also new is the package we’ve put together with Hotel Cala Mijas, a hotel that is also a hotel management school. It is located in La Cala de Mijas, close to La Noria and it’s 9 holes, and next to La Cala Resort and Calanova. This is recommended specialley for small groups of for those who do not want to drive, since downtown La Cala is very closeby walking distance.
Englishman Paul Casey, southafrican Retief Goosen, colombian Camilo Villegas and australian Robert Allenby will participate in the Volvo World Match Play that will take place from the 29th of October to the 1st of November in Finca Cortesín, Casares.
After the PGA and with the new classification system introduced this year by Volvo and IMG, we have the first set of confirmed classified players from the world ranking, who cover 6 regions. Of these six, it’s now confirmed who will be the european, african, latinamerican and australasian representatives, although who will play for North America and Asia is still uncertain. The classified players would be Tiger Woods and Yan Yong-eun (nice match play that would be!!), however it seems unlikey they will confirm. In the case of Tiger, his fixed earnings make it almost impossible, and in the case of the korean, the Barclays Singapore Open might be a more important commitment.
Of the spanish players, García, Fernandez-Castaño and Quirós have the most possibilities, with the handicap that Sergio will not play European Tour events until October or until he finishes his participation in the Fedex Cup. Whatever the case, the results during the following weeks will be decisive for them to be able to attend the tournament: either through the second qualifying round via the world classification on September 28th (this would be the case for Sergio if he maintains on the FedEx playoffs) or by position in the Race to Dubai on October 5th, which the three could very well achieve.
Do not pass the opportunity to see some of the best players of the world face to face from as little as 26€ per day on our advanced ticket sale. Additonally, we can offer special prices for your stay during the tournement. Check our information on golf packages with tickets.