Graeme McDowell is staying at Finca Cortesín to play the Andalucía Valderrama Masters from Thursday and said today:
“Forgotten how much I love Valderrama (love to hate it maybe??). Such a unique golf course requiring precision and patience. Great condition.”
We thought it was a great excuse to publish our pictures of his Albatross to the Valderrama’s 17th during the 2007 Volvo Masters as our small tribute for his great season and incredible work during the past Ryder Cup. We were lucky enough to be just a meter away from him then and enjoyed live one of those unforgettable golf moments.
Although Golf in Spain will not be responsible for the marketing and coordination of advance tickets sales for the event– as we were for the last six tournaments held at Valderrama, we have however, reached an agreement with the organisers to sell tickets for the Andalucía Valderrama Masters, to be held from 28 to 31 October at the renowned Sotogrande course.
The discounts available are lower than in previous years, but tickets purchased in advance will be €2 cheaper for single-day passes (€13 Thursday and Friday; €28 Saturday and Sunday); and €5 for weekly tickets (€70). There are no special prices for seniors but entry remains free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
Using our online bookings system, you will be able to reserve and pay for your tickets automatically, obtaining a voucher which tournament staff at the golf course entrance will exchange for entry to the tournament. For this reason, we will not be able to accept refunds or changes from 24 October.
Packs with hotel + tickets are also available from 2 to 7 days.
Any golfer that had the opportunity of watching live on a prime position, last week’s Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor would likely be desperate to play golf again. We are not sure if this is the case of Sergio Garcia, but the Castello Masters Costa Azahar that will be held at Sergio’s home “Club del Mediterraneo” from October 21st to 24th has confirmed that him as well as Jose María Olazabal will play it.
This will mean the return of Sergio to the competition on an event that will likely also benefit from the a good field coming to Valderrama the following week, something which is still slightly in the air.
We thought this was the perfect time to reproduce, courtesy of An Oz in Spain, the vision of an Australian about the Ryder Cup.
What the other 89 per cent think…
IT’S MID-AUTUMN – an even year – and that means billions of golf fans around the universe are sitting in front of their TV screens, enthralled by the action in the “third biggest sporting event in the world”. Yeah, sure.
There is no doubt the Ryder Cup is a fascinating sporting spectacle, providing spectators with exceptional golf from many of the world’s finest players – gripping matches where the determination and passion to win is patent (just check out any old news reel of Severiano Ballesteros).
But for the organisers and jingoistic media commentators and press to continue harping on about the Cup only being surpassed by the Olympics and soccer World Cup in status is nonsense and an insult to the vast majority of the world’s population who have no “nationalist” interest in the event.
In fact, golf fans outside Europe and the US would, in the main, be more inclined to rate the four majors as the premier golf events, ahead of the Ryder Cup and, certainly, the Presidents Cup, which pits the US against a Rest of the World combination (minus the Europeans) in every non-Ryder Cup