Rahm defends in Spanish capital
Tree-lined fairways/Small undulating greens
Yannick to improve on last year's T8
• With the end-of-season finale in Dubai fast-approaching, the DP World Tour travels to Iberia for back-to-back events in Spain;
• First up is the Spanish Open in the capital, before the action switches to Andalucia for next week's tournament in Sotogrande;
• This will be the fourth straight year in which the national open has been held at Madrid's Club de Campo. It will also be the 11th occasion this century that the course has hosted a 'European Tour' event;
• This year's tournament offers a significant rise in prize money, from €1.75m in 2022, to just over €3m this week;
• World No 3 and two-time major-winning Spaniard Jon Rahm returns to defend the title he won 12 months ago. Back then, more than 43 thousand spectators attended Club de Campo over the four days of competition;
• Rahm will be chasing his third victory at Club de Campo and fourth Spanish Open title in all.
• The Javier Arana-designed Black Course was opened in April 1956, and is a familiar venue for DP World Tour pros;
• Just one year later, former Open champion Max Faulkner became the first player to win Spain's national open at Club de Campo;
• The Black Course is a rolling, parkland layout with tight tree-lined fairways and small undulating greens;
• From its most-elevated positions, the venue offers panoramic vistas across the Spanish capital;
• Accuracy is usually more important here than distance. Last year, Rahm set a new all-time Spanish Open record of 25-under-par, by becoming the first player to break 260 for 72 holes;
• The spacious Black Course has little in the way of water hazards, although there are a handful of dog-legs and a reasonable quantity of sand;
• Club de Campo had been mooted as a possible venue for the 1997 Ryder Cup but missed out at the expense of Valderrama;
• The club is located a few miles north-west of the city centre.
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Lowest Eight At Club de Campo (2019-22)
Average .... (Rounds)
66.00: Jon Rahm (12)
67.50: Rafael Cabrera-Bello (10)
67.50: Matthieu Pavon (6)
67.88: Fabrizio Zanotti (8)
68.00: Alexander Levy (8)
68.17: Zander Lombard (12)
68.25: Edoardo Molinari (12)
68.38: Wil Besseling (8)
Min. No. of Rounds = 6
Only those entered this week are included in table
Spanish Open Top Tips: Four To Watch
Adri Arnaus: Twice a top-four finisher at Club de Campo, the Barcelona-born pro enjoyed his best performance since March by tieing-for-14th at the Dunhill Links event.
Yannik Paul: The consistent German tied-eighth at Club de Campo 12 months ago. His most recent two starts have yielded finishes of T6 (French Open) and T14 (Dunhill Links Championship).
Jon Rahm: Easily the class act in the field. He tees-up almost two weeks after playing a starring role at Europe's Ryder Cup victory in Rome.
Antoine Rozner: The Frenchman showed some improved form by closing with a 66 to finish in a tie-for-10th at the Dunhill Links Championship.
MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut
Note: List Contains Leading Reserves