The Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines: a look into its playing field, prize money and betting odds

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The Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines: a look into its playing field, prize money and betting odds

This season has indeed been all about the European’s and the winds of this change in the power dynamics had started blowing during the last season. Lee Westwood was crowned the number one player in the world, the Ryder Cup went to the Europeans and some of the top European golfers chose to stick to their home tour rather than compete in the much more lucrative PGA Tour.

2011 saw the European’s sitting comfortably on top of three out of four major titles. The top four players in the World Golf Rankings are all Europeans and to add the cherry on top of the cake Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy didn’t even need to apply to become members of the US PGA Tour this season.

The European’s are enjoying power, prestige and attention; the likes of which they haven’t seen since 1992 when Ian Woosnam, Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Bernhard Langer and Nick Faldo ruled the golfing world as the top 5. In such circumstances it only seems natural that the European Tour is creating much more buzz then it ever has before.

Since the European Tour is spreading out its wings and dreaming little dreams of reaching the heights of the PGA Tour, we thought it fitting to do a preview on the next event on the tour’s schedule. The Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines.

The tournament is all set to kick off on the 24th of March at the Parador de Malaga Golf course and it has been confirmed that Louis Oosthuizen, the South African pro golfer, will be returning to defend his title. After all, he won that shiny Claret Jug fair and square by maintaining a three stroke lead over Richard Finch and Peter Whiteford last season.

But things aren’t going to be any easier for him this year around and the field this year includes a number of tough players like Colin Montgomerie and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Montgomerie had a very successful 2010 season thanks widely to his brilliant Ryder Cup performance, which by the way has also earned him the honour of being the Captain for this year’s Ryder Cup team.

The golfer didn’t have such a good time at last week’s Sicilian Open due to his battle with the flu and even though he was aiming for a T-10 finish, he ended up tying for 26th. However, the player is on the mend now and will be ready to face the challenge of the Open de Andalucía.

Our top pick for the title, however, is the Spaniard Jimenez who will have the advantage of playing on his home turf. The golfer is acting as the promoter and ambassador for this year edition of the event and believes it to be a way of giving back to the game we all love so much. He will need to watch that fiery temperament of his though.

The player has been very vocal about the fact that being a promoter does not really suit him that much because he needs to be more focused on the needs of his fellow golfers than his own. “It is impossible to concentrate and practise for the last three months... My mind tends to be all over the place and it comes as a relief when you get onto the first tee and you can then focus on your game,” revealed the golfer to reporters.

“We always have a very good field and if you look at the past winners – Lee Westwood, Thomas Levet, Søren Kjeldsen and Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen – you can see the quality.”

Other players that will be vying for a sizeable cut of the total purse of 1,000,000 Euros are Alvaro Quiros and the 2005 US Open Champ Michael Campbell.

 

 

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