Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters 2020: Course and current form stats for Valderrama

Andalucia Masters 2020 at Valderrama
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Check out the stats ahead of this week's Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters, with course and current form guides compiled by Andy Swales...

"Valderrama has always demanded great accuracy from tee-to-green, and has an abundance of cork trees running alongside its narrow fairways. Water hazards are only present on three holes, although the venue’s small, fast and undulating greens allow for little margin of error."

After travelling around England and Wales for the past six weeks, the rank and file members of the European Tour head to Spain for a trio of events on the Iberian Peninsula.

This week's Andalucia Masters, which takes place in the Spanish region of Cadiz, will be followed by two tournaments in Portugal.

Sponsored by Estrella Damm, the Masters is being held at arguably Spain's most famous golfing venue - Valderrama - and will offer a prize fund slightly higher than those available on the recent UK Swing.

Course management

Valderrama has always demanded great accuracy from tee-to-green, and has an abundance of cork trees running alongside its narrow fairways.

Water hazards are only present on three holes, although the venue's small, fast and undulating greens allow for little margin of error.

Good course management is almost a prerequisite to performing well here, which is why Lee Westwood should be one of the front-runners this weekend.

Back in 1996, in what was only his second appearance at the course, he tied-for-second, and was runner-up again four years later. There's been six other top-eight finishes for Westwood here too.

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Another experienced campaigner you can add to a short list of players who possess strong course management skills, is Martin Kaymer.

The German has also been a runner-up at Valderrama and, last week at The Belfry, posted his first podium finish since June 2019, when he was third at Muirfield Village - a traditionally tough venue where good course strategy is usually rewarded.

Kaymer is performing well in some of the important Strokes Gained statistical categories on the European Tour this season.

He leads both SG: Approach and SG: Total, and is currently third in SG: Tee-To-Green.

Young stars

Three of the younger brigade who have played well since the end of lockdown are: Rasmus Hojgaard, Sami Valimaki and Thomas Detry.

At the age of 19, Hojgaard claimed his second European Tour success on Sunday, which followed on from three successive top-six finishes during the UK Swing. Even taking into account that recent tournaments on Tour have been weaker than normal, it's still rare for a player this young to be so consistent.

Meanwhile Valimaki, winner in Oman not long before lockdown, finished sixth and second in Wales recently, and will join Hojgaard as a Valderrama debutant this Thursday.

Detry, who is still searching for a maiden Tour title following seven top-three finishes, tied-eighth in this event last year

Course history

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the course began life as Sotogrande New in 1974, before being renamed Las Aves, which later became Valderrama.

In 1988 it made its debut on the European Tour, staging the prestigious Volvo Masters for the first time.

It has also hosted the WGC-American Express Championship, Spanish Open and, in 1997, the Ryder Cup.

More than 25 top tier events have been held at Valderrama over the past 32 years, including 18 season-ending finales on the European Tour.

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Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26
Bernd Wiesberger 5 43 74 26 MC
Lee Westwood 17 34 70
Victor Perez MC 22 65 MC
Thomas Detry 2 56 2 MC 8
Martin Kaymer 3 MC MC
Rasmus Hojgaard 1 3 6 2
Robert MacIntyre 59 66 59
Paul Waring 19
Andy Sullivan 9 47 1 41 4
Romain Langasque MC 1 26 57 53
Jorge Campillo 7 8 MC MC
Hao Tong Li 31 8 17 75 MC
Sami Valimaki 2 6 MC MC MC
Joost Luiten MC 51 MC 6 18
Benjamin Hebert 3 MC 34
Marcus Kinhult 13 15 MC 38 14
Justin Harding 44 47 53 MC 3
Andrea Pavan Wd MC 34 MC 38
Francesco Laporta MC 57 MC MC 57 55
Wade Ormsby 25
Guido Migliozzi MC 57 MC MC 60
Renato Paratore 27 MC 34 28 1 15
Sebastian Soderberg 5 10 77 35
Matthew Jordan 19 3 47 MC MC 17
Calum Hill 9 8 39 MC 26
Jordan Smith MC 27 22 14 MC 35
Jason Scrivener 8 14 14 47 29 MC
Scott Vincent 31 68 22 9 MC 60 18 25
Pablo Larrazabal MC 70 65 51 21
Brandon Stone 27 MC 6 MC 68
Matthew Southgate MC 73 27 61 22 35
Kalle Samooja MC 65 34 MC
Connor Syme 8 3 19 68 MC 4
Antoine Rozner MC MC 26 10 60 44
Alexander Bjork MC 27 3 47 20
Adrian Otaegui 37 14 2 MC 35
John Catlin 25 MC 6 51 43 8
Adrian Meronk 68 6 34 MC 21 MC
Wil Besseling MC 53 11 63 34 MC 3
Zander Lombard Wd 53 MC MC MC MC
Joakim Lagergren MC Re 26
Steven Brown MC 31 5 65 MC
Darius Van Driel 11 44 MC 51 MC 4
Jeff Winther 47 MC MC 14
Thorbjorn Olesen 17 66 34 MC
Joachim B Hansen 25 MC 53 28 47
Masahiro Kawamura 47 37 MC MC MC MC
Robin Roussel MC 26 MC 21 62
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 27 Dq MC 10 MC 4
Ashun Wu
Joel Stalter MC 28 1 15
Maverick Antcliff MC 31 MC 67 MC
Matthieu Pavon 64 MC 6 26
Sean Crocker 37 22 9 15 60
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC MC 3 MC
Richard Bland 19 MC 56 22 38
Joel Sjoholm 58 MC 57 MC 22 MC MC 44
Lorenzo Gagli MC 14 34 9 25
Oscar Lengden MC 53 47 19 13 8 5
Johannes Veerman MC 34 28 17
Cormac Sharvin 63 31 19 47 MC
David Drysdale Re 56 MC MC
Nino Bertasio Wd
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC 63 MC MC
Adrien Saddier MC 44 MC MC MC 18
Marcus Armitage 7 27 MC 14 15 MC
Ricardo Santos 44 57 MC
Wilco Nienaber 51 MC 22 4
Jake McLeod 31 44 14 MC MC 67
Anton Karlsson 73 MC MC 55 12
Grant Forrest MC 69 34 65
Nacho Elvira 44 39 MC MC 29
Victor Dubuisson
Niklas Lemke 72 MC MC 41 53
Edoardo Molinari MC 27 47 MC MC
Rhys Enoch 55 MC 31 68 57 MC MC MC
Bryce Easton 19 MC MC 56 MC MC
Justin Walters 2 MC 39 MC MC MC
Ewen Ferguson MC MC 19 MC MC MC MC
Jamie Donaldson 31 14 15 MC
Marcel Schneider MC MC 53 57 63 2
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC 53
Ben Stow MC 73 26 34 10 MC
Andres Romero
Sihwan Kim MC 63 47 44 47 MC
Maximilian Kieffer 44 14 MC 6 MC 55
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 63 63 MC MC
Jbe Kruger MC MC MC
Alexander Levy MC 47 MC
Zach Murray MC MC MC
Dave Horsey 51 6 MC 34 14
Lars Van Meijel 37 MC MC MC 53 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 39 62 MC 41 MC
Gregory Havret MC 38
Lorenzo Scalise MC 27 MC MC MC MC 72
Ross McGowan 55 MC 70 MC MC Wd MC
Damien Perrier 58 53 57 MC 9 MC
Rikard Karlberg 31 MC 41 26 24 34
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC MC 70 MC MC MC
Dave Coupland 28 MC 9 15 53
Jonathan Caldwell 39 76 47 MC MC 8
Mathieu Fenasse MC 21 MC MC MC
Romain Wattel MC 44
Alejandro Canizares MC MC MC 44 MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan Wd MC MC
Hurly Long MC MC 43 34
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC MC MC 28 15
Matthew Baldwin MC 59 MC MC MC MC 31
Samuel Del Val MC
Julien Guerrier MC 56 15 MC
Craig Howie 5 21 MC 4
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC MC MC 55
Toby Tree MC 39 44 Wd 29
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 71 38
Garrick Porteous MC MC MC 22 65
Pep Angles MC MC
Max Schmitt MC MC MC 28 67
Eduardo De La Riva MC MC MC MC 34
Daniel Young MC 59 MC
Thomas Bjorn 31 MC MC 69 MC
Ben Evans 15 MC MC MC 51 MC
Michael Campbell MC MC MC 70 MC
Ricardo Gouveia 36 MC
Carlos Pigem MC 74 MC 63 MC 23
Peter Hanson
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez 57 MC
Borja Virto MC MC
David Howell MC MC 68 MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin 62 MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC 47 MC
Kristoffer Broberg
Tom Gandy 51 MC MC
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
Pedro Oriol 32 39
Jose Maria Olazabal
Alejandro Del Rey
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `11 `10 `08 `07 `06 `05
Bernd Wiesberger
Lee Westwood 5 4 7 7
Victor Perez 26
Thomas Detry 8 36
Martin Kaymer 27 6 23 21 2 6
Rasmus Hojgaard
Robert MacIntyre
Paul Waring MC 42 30
Andy Sullivan 13 18 16
Romain Langasque MC
Jorge Campillo 15 Dq 36 MC
Hao Tong Li
Sami Valimaki
Joost Luiten 20 11 2 2 MC 5
Benjamin Hebert MC
Marcus Kinhult MC 22 42
Justin Harding
Andrea Pavan MC
Francesco Laporta MC
Wade Ormsby 56 52 5 MC
Guido Migliozzi MC MC
Renato Paratore MC MC 23 56
Sebastian Soderberg Wd 23
Matthew Jordan
Calum Hill
Jordan Smith
Jason Scrivener 26 22 27
Scott Vincent
Pablo Larrazabal 26 MC 12 29 38 47 39
Brandon Stone MC
Matthew Southgate MC 58 MC
Kalle Samooja MC
Connor Syme 58 64
Antoine Rozner
Alexander Bjork MC
Adrian Otaegui MC 12 38
John Catlin MC
Adrian Meronk
Wil Besseling
Zander Lombard MC MC 36
Joakim Lagergren 59 MC MC MC
Steven Brown 15 42
Darius Van Driel MC
Jeff Winther MC 42 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 19
Joachim B Hansen MC Ret
Masahiro Kawamura 39
Robin Roussel
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC
Ashun Wu MC 48
Joel Stalter MC
Maverick Antcliff
Matthieu Pavon 23
Sean Crocker 26 58
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Richard Bland 42 30 11 MC
Joel Sjoholm
Lorenzo Gagli 69
Oscar Lengden
Johannes Veerman MC
Cormac Sharvin
David Drysdale MC 29 34 28 26
Nino Bertasio 53 73 8 11
Shubhankar Sharma MC
Adrien Saddier 59 29
Marcus Armitage MC
Ricardo Santos
Wilco Nienaber
Jake McLeod MC
Anton Karlsson 46 58
Grant Forrest 37
Nacho Elvira MC 57 MC 53
Victor Dubuisson 20
Niklas Lemke 64 MC
Edoardo Molinari 26 22 58 42 MC MC
Rhys Enoch
Bryce Easton
Justin Walters 26 MC 54 MC
Ewen Ferguson
Jamie Donaldson MC 4 49 33
Marcel Schneider
Alvaro Quiros 2 16 MC 56 MC MC 34
Ben Stow
Andres Romero 39 54 13 25 54
Sihwan Kim 26
Maximilian Kieffer MC 5 MC 29
Tapio Pulkkanen 46 MC
Jbe Kruger
Alexander Levy 14
Zach Murray
Dave Horsey 26 42 MC MC
Lars Van Meijel
Soren Kjeldsen 39 29 18 4 49 2 1 2 18 22
Gregory Havret MC MC MC 6 21 43 53 19
Lorenzo Scalise
Ross McGowan MC MC
Damien Perrier 62
Rikard Karlberg MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Dave Coupland
Jonathan Caldwell
Mathieu Fenasse
Romain Wattel MC MC MC MC 19
Alejandro Canizares 53 16 36 11 7 21
Kristoffer Reitan 23
Hurly Long
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Matthew Baldwin 42 MC
Samuel Del Val 59 29 Wd
Julien Guerrier 29
Craig Howie
Gavin Moynihan MC 8
Toby Tree
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 5 MC 34 12 26 22 22 21 34
Garrick Porteous
Pep Angles MC 29 54 19
Max Schmitt MC
Eduardo De La Riva 2 71 MC MC
Daniel Young
Thomas Bjorn 8 58 19 15 5 9 38
Ben Evans MC 36 56
Michael Campbell 14
Ricardo Gouveia MC 16 23 38
Carlos Pigem MC 36 MC
Peter Hanson MC 12 19 10 47 13 14 43 22
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez MC MC
Borja Virto 29
David Howell MC Dq MC 19 26 25 5 38
Raphael Jacquelin MC 52 30 53 15 7 17 9 29
Pedro Figueiredo MC
Kristoffer Broberg 66
Tom Gandy
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 18
Pedro Oriol MC MC Dq
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC MC 47 10 7 3
Alejandro Del Rey MC

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