Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters 2021: Course and current form stats for Valderrama

Valderrama: The most visited European Tour venue in Spain.
Valderrama has staged 25 European Tour events since 1988.

A second straight week in Spain, as the European Tour travels south from Madrid to the resort of Sotogrande. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"Donaldson has twice posted top-10s at Valderrama since 2017, and the Welshman has registered a brace of podium finishes on the European Tour during the past two months. He also sneaked into the top-25 in Madrid on Sunday."

The European Tour visits an old friend this week when the players arrive in Sotogrande for the Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters.

Valderrama, which first staged a European Tour event in 1988, is the location for the second of four tournaments on the 'Iberian Swing'.

This iconic Cadiz venue has hosted more European Tour events than any other Spanish course and in 1997 welcomed the Ryder Cup.

Valderrama sprang to life in 1974 when it was called Sotogrande New. It was later re-named Las Aves, before being acquired by Jaime Ortiz-Patiño 37 years ago.

Robert Trent Jones, the original architect, returned to the club to re-design and expand the course which by now was called Valderrama.

Tough layout

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.

Latest odds for the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama

Avoiding the many large bunkers is another significant test when playing Valderrama which has hosted 25 European Tour events in its history - including 15 since the start of 2000.

On the tee

World No 1 Jon Rahm has travelled the 400 miles south from Madrid to tee-up for a second straight week in Spain.

The 26-year-old, who was born in the Basque country, began strongly in Madrid last week but fell away on day three.

However, Rahm's all-round ability should be perfect at Valderrama where golfers require more than just a hot putter to succeed.

The reigning US Open champion tied-for-second here two years ago and will once again start as favourite.

Another accurate pro who should be suited to this week's venue is Matt Fitzpatrick.

The Sheffield golfer makes his first appearance since being a member of the European team which was heavily beaten at the Ryder Cup.

Course specialists

Germany's two-time major winner Martin Kaymer has twice finished second at Valderrama - including 12 months ago - while Jamie Donaldson could attract some interest this week.

Donaldson has twice posted top-10s at Valderrama since 2017, and the Welshman has registered a brace of podium finishes on the European Tour during the past two months. He also sneaked into the top-25 in Madrid on Sunday.

Bernd Wiesberger continues to play solidly and, despite his late fumble in the Alps in August, should be among the front runners in Andalucia.

Meanwhile, Richard Bland's career-best season goes on and on, with another top-10 over the weekend.

Although the 48-year-old does not have a great record at Valderrama, he remains respectfully placed in three key Tour categories for 2021 (Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, Strokes Gained: Tee to Green and Greens in Regulation).

The same applies to Matthias Schwab who has spent much of the current year in the United States.

The 26-year-old Austrian has posted seven top-10s during 2021 and tied-for-12th on his most recent European Tour outing at Wentworth last month.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Last 10 Weeks / Valderrama Form

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32
Jon Rahm 17 MC 1 9 3
Matt Fitzpatrick 20 MC MC 57
Victor Perez MC MC 49 18 50 13 61
Robert MacIntyre MC MC MC MC 65 15
Bernd Wiesberger 12 20 46 2 21
Min Woo Lee 39 58 MC 12 21 62
Guido Migliozzi MC 17 MC 34 7
Thomas Detry MC 4 Dq MC 27
Richard Bland 9 4 57 5 MC 3
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 1 MC 67 20 MC MC
Santiago Tarrio 24 MC 62 2 15 3
Martin Kaymer 45 25 MC 18
Aaron Rai MC MC MC 14 41 45 2 26
Justin Harding MC 54 9 MC MC 32
Laurie Canter MC 2 MC MC
Jamie Donaldson 24 Wd 2 MC 27 3 34
Antoine Rozner 56 MC 67 52 13
Calum Hill 45 17 MC 34 7 1 4
Thomas Pieters 39 9 9 18 MC 54
Andy Sullivan 53 54 MC MC 40 13 48
John Catlin MC 54 MC 24 21 51
Jason Scrivener 56 MC
Daniel Van Tonder MC MC MC MC 27 21 45 21 MC
Matthias Schwab MC 12 8 64 4
Sean Crocker MC Wd 9 18 4 2 MC
George Coetzee 24 MC 50 75 27 MC MC 1
Adri Arnaus 2 24 MC 12 MC 60
Marcus Armitage 45 51 30 MC 7 38
Masahiro Kawamura MC MC 17 5 21 55 16
Grant Forrest 3 27 63 34 MC 1
Kalle Samooja 34 MC 57 60 MC 8
Nicolai Hojgaard MC* 14 20 1 17 21 MC
Mikko Korhonen 20 45 8 40 MC
David Lipsky MC 22 Wd 4 54 MC
Adrian Otaegui 17 27 49 34 MC 38
Adrian Meronk 20 MC MC 2 27 17
Daniel Gavins MC* 6 77 MC MC MC 38
Sami Valimaki MC MC MC 46 MC MC 44
Callum Shinkwin 39 MC 46 33 3 16
Joachim B Hansen 24 MC 22 20 MC MC 29 56
Jazz Janewattananond 24 MC 9 MC Wd 67 33
Wilco Nienaber 6 36 22 MC MC MC MC 64
Marcel Siem 45 15 34 7 12 21 56
Andrew Johnston 24 MC 6 MC 60
Joakim Lagergren 39 2 MC 27 63 MC 17
Kristoffer Broberg MC 9 1 63
Ryan Fox 24 54 15 63 MC 29 13 34
Maximilian Kieffer 71 MC 15 75 27 21
Francesco Laporta 39 MC 6 4 MC MC
Dave Horsey 71 39 19 30 27 MC 13 MC
Darren Fichardt 71 MC 19 52 21 47
Jordan Smith 20 MC 55 MC 9 23
Joost Luiten MC MC 35 18 12
Renato Paratore 9 MC MC MC MC 7 50 56
James Morrison MC MC MC MC 27 13 2
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 17 27 MC 2
Jorge Campillo 45 17 MC MC MC 32 21 34
Matthew Jordan 24 MC MC 15 4 47 6
Alexander Bjork 45 27 MC 13
Shubhankar Sharma 3 MC 27 9 12 50 9 16
Wil Besseling 6 MC MC 52 13 29 30
Connor Syme 34 MC MC MC MC
Alexander Levy 12 MC 35 34 32 2 38
Marc Warren 9 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC MC 57 MC 13 MC
Romain Langasque MC MC 22 MC MC MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC MC MC 57 53 55 30
Matthew Southgate MC MC 35 34 MC 44 33
Darius Van Driel 68 4 MC MC 47 53
Fabrizio Zanotti 12 20 27 72
Maverick Antcliff MC MC 27 Wd 65 29 35
Jeff Winther MC 14 71 MC 40 MC MC
Victor Dubuisson 12 MC Wd 27 MC
Edoardo Molinari 39 MC 57 5 MC
Richie Ramsay 45 17 57 MC MC 9 28
Justin Walters 56 MC 35 MC MC 40 8
Chris Paisley MC* MC MC MC MC MC 10
Nicolas Colsaerts 27 MC MC 18
Dale Whitnell MC 65 MC 13 68
Marcus Kinhult MC MC MC MC 47 64 68
Scott Jamieson 45 MC MC 8 47 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 20 MC 35 8 Dq
Eddie Pepperell MC 17 Wd 46 MC 29 MC
Ross Fisher MC* MC 35 34 MC 55 56
Jack Senior 6 MC 32 35 MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares MC MC 3 MC 40 70
Benjamin Hebert MC 45 MC 57 32 MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 17 MC MC MC MC
Ashun Wu MC*
Matthieu Pavon MC 12 MC MC MC MC
Pep Angles MC MC 47 MC MC
Rikard Karlberg MC 69 MC 53 MC
Scott Hend MC MC MC 52 MC MC 56
Ross McGowan 24 MC 78 MC 4 23 67 MC
David Law 45 MC 38 14 MC MC MC 4
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 71 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Robert Rock MC 45 MC MC MC MC
Steven Brown 56 MC 47 55 57 MC MC
Oliver Farr 75 62 18 MC MC 30
Julien Guerrier 3 MC 38 MC 44 56 MC
David Drysdale 34 59 27 49 MC MC 51 38
Gavin Green MC MC MC MC 24 32 MC MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC MC 38
Paul Waring MC 45 62 MC MC
Hao Tong Li 68 14 MC MC
Nino Bertasio 68 MC MC MC 62 29
Sebastian Soderberg MC 39 MC MC 40 17
Ashley Chesters 65 MC MC MC 24 40 13 48
Thorbjorn Olesen MC MC MC MC MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 53 MC MC MC 32 7 MC
Stephen Gallacher 39 25 MC MC 64 MC
Dave Coupland 45 MC 46 23 MC MC
Joel Stalter MC MC Wd 67 MC MC 51 Wd
Zander Lombard 56 MC MC MC MC MC 60
Oliver Fisher MC 60 MC MC MC MC 12 MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli 56 MC MC MC MC MC 40 MC
Alvaro Quiros 39 27 MC MC 35 16
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC MC 47 MC 23
Lucas Bjerregaard 12 51 MC 35 MC 67 35 10
Ricardo Santos MC MC 6 MC MC MC MC 63
Julian Suri MC 36 63 46 56 60 MC
Cormac Sharvin MC MC 64 MC MC MC MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan MC MC MC 53
Robin Roussel MC MC 27 63 63 67 39
Oliver Wilson MC MC 67 MC 21 35 MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Chris Wood MC 32 MC MC MC MC
Andrea Pavan MC MC MC MC 53 70
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 45 MC MC MC MC
David Howell MC MC 57 Wd MC MC MC MC
Graeme Storm 56 MC MC MC MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva MC MC MC 28
Thomas Bjorn MC MC
Michael Campbell
Peter Hanson MC 32 MC
Javier Ballesteros MC
Laird Shepherd 68 MC
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `11 `10 `08 `07 `06
Jon Rahm 2 MC
Matt Fitzpatrick MC
Victor Perez 31 26
Robert MacIntyre 24
Bernd Wiesberger 31
Min Woo Lee 23
Guido Migliozzi 6 MC MC
Thomas Detry 31 8 36
Richard Bland 62 42 30 11 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 16 19 MC
Santiago Tarrio MC MC
Martin Kaymer 2 27 6 23 21 2 6
Aaron Rai MC MC 8
Justin Harding 3
Laurie Canter 42 MC MC
Jamie Donaldson 10 MC 4 49 33
Antoine Rozner 3
Calum Hill MC
Thomas Pieters 26
Andy Sullivan MC 13 18 16
John Catlin 1 MC
Jason Scrivener MC 26 22 27
Daniel Van Tonder
Matthias Schwab MC
Sean Crocker Ret 26 58
George Coetzee 26 MC
Adri Arnaus 2
Marcus Armitage MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura 8 39
Grant Forrest 66 37
Kalle Samooja MC MC
Nicolai Hojgaard
Mikko Korhonen 39 3 MC
David Lipsky 53 22 MC
Adrian Otaegui 17 MC 12 38
Adrian Meronk MC
Daniel Gavins 46 MC
Sami Valimaki 10
Callum Shinkwin MC 29 67
Joachim B Hansen 17 MC Ret
Jazz Janewattananond
Wilco Nienaber 6
Marcel Siem MC MC 61 38 MC 9
Andrew Johnston 59 22 23 1
Joakim Lagergren 24 59 MC MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC 66
Ryan Fox MC
Maximilian Kieffer 17 MC 5 MC 29
Francesco Laporta 68 MC
Dave Horsey 10 26 42 MC MC
Darren Fichardt MC 71
Jordan Smith Ret
Joost Luiten 52 20 11 2 2 MC 5
Renato Paratore MC MC MC 23 56
James Morrison MC MC 36 4 MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 46 MC
Jorge Campillo 17 15 Dq 36 MC
Matthew Jordan 52
Alexander Bjork 57 MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC
Wil Besseling 3
Connor Syme 8 58 64
Alexander Levy 41 14
Marc Warren MC 11 MC 40 42 41
Nacho Elvira 68 MC 57 MC 53
Romain Langasque 17 MC
Jonathan Caldwell 62
Matthew Southgate 24 MC 58 MC
Darius Van Driel MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 26 MC 41 35
Maverick Antcliff MC
Jeff Winther 31 MC 42 MC
Victor Dubuisson 20
Edoardo Molinari 76 26 22 58 42 MC MC
Richie Ramsay MC 11 29 3
Justin Walters MC 26 MC 54 MC
Chris Paisley 37 MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 20 MC 28 MC
Dale Whitnell
Marcus Kinhult MC MC 22 42
Scott Jamieson 15 6 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 24 26 MC 12 29 38 47 39
Eddie Pepperell 45
Ross Fisher MC 6 23 14 11 14
Jack Senior MC
Alejandro Canizares 41 53 16 36 11 7 21
Benjamin Hebert MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 2 6
Ashun Wu 31 MC 48
Matthieu Pavon MC 23
Pep Angles 48 MC 29 54 19
Rikard Karlberg 74 MC
Scott Hend MC 66 MC
Ross McGowan 52 MC MC
David Law 39 MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 66 MC
Robert Rock MC 16 8 MC 28 21
Steven Brown 10 15 42
Oliver Farr 22
Julien Guerrier 41 29
David Drysdale MC 29 34 28 26
Gavin Green 8 52
Gaganjeet Bhullar 13
Paul Waring 52 MC 42 30
Hao Tong Li Ret
Nino Bertasio MC 53 73 8 11
Sebastian Soderberg MC Wd 23
Ashley Chesters 46 4 12
Thorbjorn Olesen 48 19
Soren Kjeldsen 41 39 29 18 4 49 2 1 2 18
Stephen Gallacher MC 29 MC 12 50
Dave Coupland 24
Joel Stalter MC MC
Zander Lombard MC MC 36
Oliver Fisher MC 11 12 MC MC 25
Lorenzo Gagli 10 69
Alvaro Quiros 17 2 16 MC 56 MC MC 34
Richard McEvoy MC 29 MC Wd
Lucas Bjerregaard MC
Ricardo Santos 68
Julian Suri 15 8
Cormac Sharvin MC
Kristoffer Reitan Ret 23
Robin Roussel 62
Oliver Wilson 70 63 MC 23 33 46 21
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC
Chris Wood 34 40
Andrea Pavan MC MC
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 52 MC 5 MC 34 12 26 22 22 21
David Howell MC MC Dq MC 19 26 25 5
Graeme Storm 42 15 MC 54 47 45
Raphael Jacquelin 74 MC 52 30 53 15 7 17 9
Eduardo De La Riva MC 2 71 MC MC
Thomas Bjorn 57 8 58 19 15 5 9 38
Michael Campbell MC
Peter Hanson MC MC 12 19 10 47 13 14 43
Javier Ballesteros
Laird Shepherd

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