Spanish Open 2018: Latest course and form guides for this week's event in Madrid

Jorge Campillo: A four-time runner-up on the European Tour chases glory on home soil this week
Jorge Campillo: Seeking a maiden Tour title on home soil
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"Many of this week's competitors will be chomping at the bit, having not teed-up competitively for around a month, following a lull in the European Tour schedule"

After a wait of almost nine years, Centro National de Golf in Madrid makes its return to the European Tour schedule to host this week's Spanish Open.

Opened in March 2006, and situated north of the city centre, the venue is home to the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.

This modern-looking, superbly-crafted layout, has twice staged events on the European Tour.

It made its debut in 2007, when it was chosen to host the national open, and two years later welcomed the Madrid Masters.

Centro National de Golf is undulating and exposed, and when it staged the Spanish Open and Madrid Masters around a decade ago, the course demanded accuracy from the tee, due to fairways that were slightly narrower than normal.

Tour Interlude

Many of this week's competitors will be chomping at the bit, having not teed-up competitively for around a month, following a lull in the European Tour schedule.

Since the Indian Open, which ended on March 11, the only two events have been in the United States - the WGC Match Play and The Masters - and neither of these tournaments are for run-of-the-mill pros, just the elite of world golf.

Home Coming

Spain's top-ranked player Jon Rahm is in the field, having made the journey from Georgia to the country of his birth to tee-up in the national open.

The world No 4 overcame a slow start at Augusta to finish a highly credible fourth but in the low-key surroundings of a Spanish Open, may struggle to raise his game following his strong run at the year's first Major championship.

On his most recent trip to Spain last October, Rahm missed the cut at Valderrama by three shots.

The other leading Spaniard to travel across the Atlantic is Rafa Cabrera-Bello who played all four days at Augusta and will now return to Madrid where, on this course nine years ago, he finished in a tie-for-43rd.

Cabrera-Bello first came to prominence as a 17-year-old amateur in 2002 when he finished fourth in the Spanish Open behind champion Sergio Garcia.

This will be his 10th event in 13 weeks so could be a little tired, especially after a long flight back to Europe.

Other Spaniards

Two other Spanish golfers who will fancy their chances on home soil are Pablo Larrazabal and Jorge Campillo.

Larrazabal's last four Tour starts read 4th-4th-44th-3rd, while Campillo has posted a brace of top-five finishes during the early months of 2018.

The 31-year-old, who tied-10th on this course in 2009, would love to secure a maiden Tour title this week following four runner-up finishes during his career.

Foreign Challenge

Meanwhile, among the many non-home players teeing-up on Thursday are Paul Dunne, Stephen Gallacher, Richie Ramsey and Mikko Korhonen.

Dunne has just returned from the PGA Tour where he registered back-to-back top 10 finishes, including an impressive T-8 in Houston.

Gallacher, who is showing signs of improved form, has had a brace of top-10s in his last three starts, and was eighth when contesting the Spanish Open at this course 11 years ago.

Ramsey, though not in great form, has a decent record in Spain while many followers of golf are waiting for Korhonen to make that breakthrough following four podium finishes on the European Tour during the past 18 months.

The most recent of these came at the Tshwane Open in March.


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3
Jon Rahm 4 52 20 26 11 29 1
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 38 MC 36 3 29 26 26 6 40
Yusaku Miyazato MC 52 60 11 27 5 40
Paul Dunne 8 5 55 MC MC 19
Hideto Tanihara 12 28 65 5 MC 68
Seung-Su Han 52 5 13 4 58 29 27
Eddie Pepperell 1 44 MC* MC MC
Matt Wallace 1 19 44 MC 37 32
George Coetzee 1 8 13 MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 10 MC 29 53
Jorge Campillo 27 4 2 MC 14
Fabrizio Zanotti 50 45 7 60 MC 9
Victor Dubuisson
Ryan Fox MC 26 3 MC 32
Pablo Larrazabal 4 4 44 3 MC MC
Dave Horsey 13 MC 34 22 MC
Alexander Bjork MC 19 12 MC 6 MC
Jordan Smith MC 26 69 MC 61
Dean Burmester 3 30 4 MC 22 40
Andrew Johnston 2 12 MC 27 45 9
Nicolas Colsaerts 34 51 32
Darren Fichardt 1 70 MC MC MC MC 40
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 10 MC 17 MC 40
Richie Ramsay MC 62 6 40
Scott Jamieson MC 7 61 17 51 MC
Andy Sullivan 34 16 17 6 53
Jeung-Hun Wang 40 MC 26 62 6 15
Soren Kjeldsen MC 39 MC 48
Adrian Otaegui 10 12 39 22 40
Richard Sterne 21 45 37 67 19
Erik Van Rooyen MC 10 59 18 52
David Lipsky 48 77 17 6 MC
Renato Paratore MC 4 MC MC MC MC
Matthew Southgate MC 9 62 57 MC
Jason Scrivener 40 19 MC 26 MC 6 48
Matthieu Pavon 28 31 11 Dq MC
Graeme Storm 60 MC 50 MC MC
Gavin Green 16 64 68 39 45 8
Daisuke Kataoka 56 40 23 MC MC
Julien Guerrier MC 38 MC 3 33
Phachara Khongwatmai MC MC 37 17 57 MC
Marcus Kinhult MC MC 3 16
Aaron Rai 9 MC 19 37 26 MC
Callum Shinkwin 19 56 MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 23
Adam Bland 18 MC MC 73 MC MC
Andrew Dodt MC 45 65 55 29 MC
Thomas Detry 39 31 23 22 9
Mikko Korhonen 3 MC MC 61 22
Clement Sordet 12 54 MC 37
Jin Ho Choi 9 29 72 MC
Nacho Elvira 40 39 MC MC MC MC
Robert Rock 12 MC 7 MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher 7 39 9 39 57 61
Marc Warren 53 53 63 67 MC MC
Brandon Stone 60 MC MC MC MC 61
Oliver Fisher Wd 2 44 MC MC MC
Austin Connelly 80 62 MC MC
Paul Waring 19 44 MC MC MC
Ryan Evans 34 21 61 53 33
Pedro Oriol 8 MC
Nino Bertasio MC MC MC 51 5 45 53
Anthony Wall 25 MC MC 22 MC
Thongchai Jaidee MC 53 51 39 MC MC
Joakim Lagergren 45 MC MC MC 53
Lee Slattery MC 31 MC 64 61
Alejandro Canizares MC 22 48
Richard Bland MC 74 MC MC MC
Adrien Saddier 62 MC MC MC
Chase Koepka Wd 53 MC 58
James Morrison 16 45 MC MC MC
Gregory Bourdy 54 MC 31 MC MC 61
Marcus Fraser 60 29 13 MC MC 63
Sam Horsfield 14 2 MC MC 4 MC
David Drysdale MC MC MC 23 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 29 39 MC 8 69
Jens Dantorp 16 21 MC 59 73
Jamie Donaldson 34 59 MC 45 MC
Robert Karlsson 76 MC MC* 51 32
Ashun Wu 53 28 MC 37 22
Sihwan Kim 3 MC 62 21 MC
Chris Hanson MC 53 MC MC* 6 MC
Bradley Dredge 45 MC
Maximilian Kieffer 48 MC 23 11 32 MC
Sebastian Heisele 44 8 MC MC
Oliver Farr MC MC 39 59
Thomas Aiken 8 MC MC 51 MC
Nick Cullen 25 7 MC 18 7
Trevor Fisher 8 7 MC 27
Steven Brown 16 MC 39 MC 49
Lorenzo Gagli 1 29 34 MC MC
Brett Rumford 62 MC 40 37
Florian Fritsch MC 24
Edoardo Molinari 57 72 16 MC 45 MC
Ricardo Gouveia 16 29 61 MC MC 53
Matthias Schwab 8 4 29 61 MC 33
Lasse Jensen Wd MC MC 37 27
Richard McEvoy MC 65 MC
Gregory Havret 23 4 MC 37 67
Carlos Pigem MC MC MC MC* MC 53
Jeff Winther 21 MC 21
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC MC MC
Charlie Ford 66 MC 26 65
Tano Goya Wd
Alvaro Quiros 19 MC MC MC 61
Jason Norris MC MC MC 70 MC MC
Tom Lewis MC MC
Zander Lombard MC MC 65 21 MC MC
Matteo Manassero 57 MC 31 55 MC 30
Felipe Aguilar 53 4 MC MC MC
Ashley Chesters 30 MC 45 MC 51 MC
Daniel Brooks Wd MC Wd MC MC
Ben Evans 14 MC MC MC MC
Scott Fernandez 34 MC 19 37 MC
Bradley Neil MC MC 63 77
Birgir Hafthorsson MC
Adri Arnaus MC 21
Julien Quesne 18 63
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC MC 4 MC 8 MC 4 MC
Daniel Im MC 77 53 73 65 Dq
Paul Lawrie 61 61 MC MC
Nico Geyger 3 MC 34 12 MC
Marco Iten 63 15 MC
Pep Angles MC MC 69 40
Christofer Blomstrand 60 38 MC MC
Mark Foster MC 13 MC 79
James Heath MC MC MC MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 17 28 44 MC
Laurie Canter 8 21 MC MC 49
Andrea Pavan MC 13 16 15
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 53 44 MC
Henric Sturehed MC MC MC MC MC
Tom Murray MC MC MC
Pontus Widegren MC 78 MC MC
Jonathan Thomson MC 72 MC 65 MC
Stuart Manley 28
Soomin Lee 53 48 74 37 39 MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva
Samuel Del Val MC MC MC MC MC 16 9
Matthew Baldwin 28 38 10 MC MC
David Howell MC 21 61
Connor Syme MC 11 MC 37 MC MC
Simon Khan MC
Ross McGowan 14 MC MC MC MC
Matthew Nixon 44 MC 13 MC MC
Niclas Fasth
Rak Hyun Cho MC 34 MC 65
Javi Colomo MC MC 34 MC MC
Sebastien Gros 25 4 45 MC 40
Marcel Schneider MC MC 70 MC MC
Sebastian R Garcia
Santiago Tarrio 19 32
Josh Geary MC MC MC MC MC
Angel Hidalgo
Oscar Serna
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
Javier Sainz
Alejandro Del Rey
Player 2009 2007
Jon Rahm
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 43 MC
Yusaku Miyazato
Paul Dunne
Hideto Tanihara
Seung-Su Han
Eddie Pepperell
Matt Wallace
George Coetzee
Thorbjorn Olesen
Jorge Campillo 10
Fabrizio Zanotti 10
Victor Dubuisson
Ryan Fox
Pablo Larrazabal Ret
Dave Horsey 37
Alexander Bjork
Jordan Smith
Dean Burmester
Andrew Johnston
Nicolas Colsaerts 65
Darren Fichardt MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 10
Richie Ramsay MC
Scott Jamieson
Andy Sullivan
Jeung-Hun Wang
Soren Kjeldsen
Adrian Otaegui
Richard Sterne
Erik Van Rooyen
David Lipsky
Renato Paratore
Matthew Southgate
Jason Scrivener
Matthieu Pavon
Graeme Storm MC 14
Gavin Green
Daisuke Kataoka
Julien Guerrier
Phachara Khongwatmai
Marcus Kinhult
Aaron Rai
Callum Shinkwin
Tapio Pulkkanen
Adam Bland
Andrew Dodt
Thomas Detry
Mikko Korhonen
Clement Sordet
Jin Ho Choi
Nacho Elvira
Robert Rock MC
Stephen Gallacher 8
Marc Warren 61
Brandon Stone
Oliver Fisher 23 44
Austin Connelly
Paul Waring 37
Ryan Evans
Pedro Oriol MC
Nino Bertasio
Anthony Wall 7
Thongchai Jaidee 67
Joakim Lagergren
Lee Slattery 53 Ret
Alejandro Canizares 32 MC
Richard Bland 43 23
Adrien Saddier
Chase Koepka
James Morrison
Gregory Bourdy 53 8
Marcus Fraser MC 58
Sam Horsfield
David Drysdale 3 44
Jacques Kruyswijk
Jens Dantorp
Jamie Donaldson MC
Robert Karlsson
Ashun Wu
Sihwan Kim
Chris Hanson
Bradley Dredge 23 17
Maximilian Kieffer
Sebastian Heisele
Oliver Farr
Thomas Aiken
Nick Cullen
Trevor Fisher
Steven Brown
Lorenzo Gagli
Brett Rumford MC
Florian Fritsch
Edoardo Molinari
Ricardo Gouveia
Matthias Schwab
Lasse Jensen
Richard McEvoy 66
Gregory Havret MC
Carlos Pigem
Jeff Winther
Gavin Moynihan
Charlie Ford
Tano Goya MC
Alvaro Quiros 37 MC
Jason Norris
Tom Lewis
Zander Lombard
Matteo Manassero
Felipe Aguilar MC
Ashley Chesters
Daniel Brooks
Ben Evans
Scott Fernandez
Bradley Neil
Birgir Hafthorsson
Adri Arnaus
Julien Quesne
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 37 44
Daniel Im
Paul Lawrie 53 31
Nico Geyger
Marco Iten
Pep Angles
Christofer Blomstrand
Mark Foster 4
James Heath MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Laurie Canter
Andrea Pavan
Raphael Jacquelin 21
Henric Sturehed
Tom Murray
Pontus Widegren
Jonathan Thomson
Stuart Manley
Soomin Lee
Eduardo De La Riva MC
Samuel Del Val
Matthew Baldwin
David Howell MC
Connor Syme
Simon Khan 32 MC
Ross McGowan 1
Matthew Nixon
Niclas Fasth 23 31
Rak Hyun Cho
Javi Colomo
Sebastien Gros
Marcel Schneider
Sebastian R Garcia
Santiago Tarrio
Josh Geary
Angel Hidalgo
Oscar Serna
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia MC
Javier Sainz
Alejandro Del Rey
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