2018 Andalucia Valderrama Masters Preview
After an enjoyable week at Walton Heath for the British Masters, it’s off to one of European golf’s most iconic venues.
Valderrama will host its own Andalucia Masters this week, and with a strong Spanish favorite on show there should be plenty for the locals to cheer about.
Sergio Garcia, whose record here is unrivaled, takes top billing in a tournament he loves almost as much as any other, and in a weak field he will be expected to defend the trophy he won 12 months ago.
Sergio Garcia pf Spain practices ahead of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters at Real Club Valderrama on October 16, 2018 in Cadiz, Spain. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
This is a very hard golf course; one of famed architect Robert Trent-Jones’ most devilish creations. The tree-lines along the fairways are so dense that errant tee shots are routinely gobbled up, with a chip out sideways the only option available.
There’s thick rough, and the small Bentgrass greens are protected by sand and the heavy stuff. Water is also in play on many holes, and with just a trio of Par 5s there is less respite than usual from the grind.
And boy, what a grind. Garcia won at -12 in benign conditions a year ago, but in 2016 cult favorite Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston took the spoils at +1; one of the few times in history that a non-major has been won over par on European soil.
The forecast in Cadiz this week is unsettled, to say the least, with rain showers, thunderstorms and wind speeds of 12 mph all in the forecast.
It is likely to be a through examination of the players’ skillsets and physical fortitude, so who has got the game to tame Valderrama in such conditions? Let’s take a look in our Andalucia Masters picks.
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