Month: October 2009

Winners of our Volvo World Match Play Special Competition

This morning we extracted the winners of our special 2009 Volvo World Match Play competition. Special thanks to Volvo and IMG for allowing us to handle it and for offering such a great prices.

We created a list 10 winners with correct answers and based on their number of participations. The correct replies were:

1. By winning his group after Thursday and Thursday matches
2. Gary Player had to play 40 holes in 1973 for his victory.
3. UK is the most represented country among the players of the event.

The winners were:

1.- Tom Jamieson : 225
2.- Ovidio Vidal Hernandez : 1725
3.- Luis Sanchez Vaquero : 100
4.- Toni Ramirez Rosales : 300

5.- Alfonso Martínez Morán : 100
6.- jean-paul meyntjens : 150
7.- SERGIO MIGUEL MORENO CHACON : 225
8.- Félix Olavarrieta Bernardino : 100
9.- John Robilliard : 100
10.- Julian Cabrera Concha : 100

Prizes were assigned based on the availability of the winners, but the first one Tom Jamieson from the UK, confirmed in a couple of hours and booked his flight to be at Finca Cortesín for the proam next Wednesday.

We’ll try to get some comments from them during the event. Thanks to everyone for participating. We hope to see you all at Finca Cortesín this week.



Volvo World Match Play Groups and initial matches

The groups and matches for the ‘round-robin’ stage of the 16-man Volvo World Match Play Championship are announced below with the players competing in an all new format at Finca Cortesin from the 29th October to 1st November.

Colin Montgomerie, the 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain commented, “Seeing the final draw totally justifies Volvo’s decision to change to the group format. There really are some tantalising match ups and it is going to be a thoroughly entertaining week for all the spectators. I am delighted that Volvo’s inaugural year partnering the World Match Play Championship has attracted such a world class field with their refreshed qualifying criteria. I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing how some of these intriguing match ups unfold. This will be very interesting viewing for me with my Ryder Cup hat on but as anyone who knows me will suspect, a big part of me will be wishing I was out there as one of the 16 qualified players!”

The 16-man field is grouped based on their seeding as determined by today’s Official World Golf Ranking. On Thursday and Friday each player will play their group members in a round robin format over full 18-hole matches with points awarded based upon a win, tie or loss. The leading player from each group will qualify for the semi-final knock out stage with aggregate number of holes won used to determine tied positions.

The winner of each group will qualify for the semi finals to be held on Saturday which, along with the final on Sunday, will be played over 36 holes in the traditional head-to-head match play format. The semi finals will be contested between the winner of Groups A & B  and C &

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GRUPO A SEVE BALLESTEROS GRUPO B – MARK McCORMACK
Paul Casey

Retief Goosen

Anthony Kim

Scott Strange

Sergio Garcia

Martin Kaymer

Robert Allenby

Oliver Wilson

GRUPO C – GUSTAF LARSON GRUPO D – ASSAR GABRIELSSON
Henrik Stenson

Rory McIlroy

Angel Cabrera

Simon Dyson

Lee Westwood

Camilo Villegas

Ross Fisher

Jeev Milkha Singh

Matches and provisional times:

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“I love match play” – an interview with Paul Casey

Interview reproduced courtesy of Society Living Magazine

AT NUMBER THREE IN THE WORLD (AT TIME OF PUBLISHING) PAUL CASEY WILL BE THE HIGHEST RANKED PLAYER COMPETING IN THE VOLVO WORLD MATCH PLAY AT FINCA CORTESÍN THIS MONTH, AND KEEN TO JOIN AN ELITE GROUP OF PLAYERS TO HAVE WON THE TITLE MORE THAN ONCE (HE WAS VICTORIOUS IN 2006). HE SPEAKS EXCLUSIVELY TO SOCIETY LIVING ABOUT HIS CAREER, AND YEAR, SO FAR – AND HIS GOALS FOR THE FUTURE

How and why did you start playing golf, and what has been the biggest influence on your career? My dad introduced me to golf. I loved playing all sports from an early age but started to focus on golf as I got older. Dad is still really involved in the amateur game in England. My coach, Peter Kostis, has been a big influence on me in recent years.

Your favourite course in the world and why? Cypress Point – if you see a picture of the 16th and 17th you’ll understand why.

How do you feel you are playing right now – at least before you had to pull out of the BMW Championship (on the US PGA Tour)? Of course, after three wins I was really happy with the way I was playing before I hurt myself. It is very frustrating to have to take time out injured when you have been playing and performing great and especially at such a crucial time in the season. Still, you can look at it either way: it would obviously be a lot worse if I had a terrible season and then had to sit out for a couple of months without the opportunity to get out there and turn it around. I just want to make sure I don’t rush coming back – intercostal muscles take quite a bit of time to heal and you can easily set yourself right back to square one if you aren’t

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careful.

When did you realise you had made it? That’s a tricky question. I think while you are always aiming for new goals or to improve yourself you never sit back and think, “Well done me, I‘ve made it.” Until I achieve all that I believe I am capable of, and that includes some majors wins, I don’t think I will ever consider that I have totally made it. I am obviously proud of what I have achieved so far, including my tournament wins, Ryder Cup achievements and reaching world number three – they are all great, but I still believe I can achieve so much more.

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Live the Volvo World Match Play from the ‘backstage’

Hotel Finca Cortesín is now offering very interesting conditions for the few rooms that are still available for the Volvo World Match Play. We have also updated the package we have published for this event, including new extras like a welcome drink with tapa, Junior Suite with views for the same price as the Standard Junior Suite or the possibility of an early check in or late check out (all these extras are always upon availability).

Having reduced the minimum stay to 3 nights, this is a unique opportunity that will be difficult to level off in the future: staying and enjoying the luxury this hotel offers, surrounded by 16 of the best golf players worldwide. This is like living the tournament from the “backstage”.  You can also add golfing to the package, in some of the best courses in Spain, like Valderrama, Sotogrande or La Reserva. And remember, November 1st is a national holiday, make this an event you will never forget!