Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters 2020
Previous venue for a Ryder Cup and WGC event. Club de Golf Valderrama hosts the start of the 'Iberian Swing' with the Andalucia Masters
Measuring 7,001 yards. This par 71, Trent Jones Snr layout (later updated by Kyle Phillips) offers a very stern test for the players this week
The course isn't long by modern day standards, however its defense comes in the form of:
Narrow/undulating fairways, that test a players nerve, accuracy and ability to work the ball.
Small/undulating/quick bentgrass greens. That are tough to find and run at 12.3.
Well placed bunkering and an abundance of cork trees that line the fairways and a few shall we say very awkwardly placed.
Even though this course is known to be a very tough test, it will present a handful of good scoring opportunities. The par 5's in particular need to be taken advantage of and it would be no surprise to see the dramatic 17th play a big role in the results come Sunday.
OFF THE TEE - The narrow fairways lined with cork trees will put a heavy premium on accuracy this week. To stand any decent chance of hitting a good number of these tiny targets for greens, those approach shots need the control from the short grass.
IRON PLAY - The greens here are tiny in comparison to most other tour course offerings. Once again a players accuracy and distance control will be strongly tested and theses attribute I am very keen to see within my selections
SCRAMBLING - Given the nature of the course and its small targets it is inevitable that the short game skills will feature frequently and will be a key attribute towards success, as it has done in many previous events held here.
ANDY SULLIVAN 14/1 -
LEE WESTWOOD 22/1 -
THORBJORN OLESEN 45/1 -
FIRST ROUND LEADER
ANDY SULLIVAN 30/1 -
CONNOR SYME 50/1 -
RICHARD BLAND 80/1 -
RASMUS HOJGAARD - $11.3K -
ANDY SULLIVAN - $10.6K
LEE WESTOWOOD $9.5K
BENJAMIN HEBERT - $9.0K
JORGE CAMPILLO - $8.7K
CONNOR SYME $8.5K
ADRIAN OTEAGUI - $7.9K
THORBJORN OLESEN - $7.8K
CALLUM HILL - $7.6K
RICHARD BLAND - $7.2K
ALEJANDRO CANIZARES - $6.9K
GONZALO FERNANDEZ-CASTANO - $6.6K