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PGA European - Open de Andalucia de Golf Preview
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DATES: Thursday, March 25th through Sunday, March 28th
SITE: Parador de Malaga Golf, Malaga, Spain
COURSE ARCHITECT: Harry Colt and Tom Simpson (1929)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,817
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 470 Yds10 - Par 4 398 Yds
2 - Par 4 378 Yds11 - Par 3 224 Yds
3 - Par 4 305 Yds12 - Par 5 544 Yds
4 - Par 4 444 Yds13 - Par 3 188 Yds
5 - Par 4 419 Yds14 - Par 5 521 Yds
6 - Par 3 185 Yds15 - Par 4 427 Yds
7 - Par 4 409 Yds16 - Par 4 481 Yds
8 - Par 4 394 Yds17 - Par 4 362 Yds
9 - Par 3 219 Yds18 - Par 4 449 Yds
34 3,223 Yds36 3,594 Yds
Annual:  13th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et),
  - Friday -- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Soren Kjeldsen
Runner-Up:  David Drysdale
Tournament Record:  264 (Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1999)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1999)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Fredrik Lindgren, 1999)
Course Record:  62 (Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1999 - Parador Malaga del Golf;
18-Hole Record:  62 (Soren Kjeldsen, 2009 - Real Club de Golf de Sevilla)
Total Purse:  $1,351,750 (1,000,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $225,066; 2nd Place - $150,048; 3rd Place - $84,538
2009 Finish
Soren Kjeldsen274Andrew Coltart280
David Drysdale277Marcel Siem280
Francesco Molinari278Rhys Davies280
Graeme Storm278John E. Morgan281
Alastair Forsyth279Thomas Aiken281
Past Open de Andalucia de Golf Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Soren Kjeldsen (274) -- David Drysdale
2008*Thomas Levet (272) -- Oliver Fisher
2007Lee Westwood (268) -- Phillip Archer, Fredrik Andersson Hed
2006Not Held
2005Not Held
2004Not Held
2003Not Held
2002Not Held
2001Not Held
2000Padraig Harrington (267) -- Gary Orr
1999Miguel Angel Jimenez (264) -- Steve Webster
1998Miguel Angel Jimenez (279) -- Miguel Angel Martin
1997Jose Maria Olazabal (272) -- Lee Westwood
1996*Diego Borrego (271) -- Tony Johnstone
1995Alex Cejka (278) -- Costantino Rocca
1994Carl Mason (278) -- Jose Maria Olazabal
1993Andrew Oldcorn (285) -- Eduardo Romero
1992Vijay Singh (277) -- Gary Orr

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly called Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia (1992-95), Turespana
Masters Open Communitat Valenciana (1996), Turespana Masters - Open de Canarias (1997), Turespana Masters Open Baleares (1998), Turespana Masters Open Andalucia (1999), BBVA Turespana Masters (2000), Valle Romano Open de Andalucia (2007), Mapfre Open de Andalucia (2008).

Top Contenders in the Field
Soren Kjeldsen------Won
David Drysdalemcmc2nd
Francesco Molinari---T-54T-3
Graeme Storm------T-3
Alastair Forsyth---T-255th
Rhys Davies------T-6
Thomas LevetT-34WonT-14
Miguel A. JimenezT-24T-19T-14
Thomas Bjorn6thmcT-14
Michael JonzonT-4T-6T-35
Steve Webster---mcT-35
David Howell------T-41
Danny Willett---T-19T-47
Bradley Dredge---T-25T-47
Niclas Fasth------T-56
Patrik SjolandmcT-4mc
Peter Hedblom---T-12mc
Phillip ArcherT-2T-54mc
Paul McGinleyT-44---mc
Tano Goya------mc
F. Andersson HedT-2mc---
Darren Clarke---mc---
Alvaro Quiros---wd---
Louis OosthuizenT-4------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Danny Willett
Darkhorse - Ignacio Garrido
Last Week's Pick to Win (Francesco Molinari) - Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Rhys Davies) - Finished 1st
This week, the European Tour travels to Spain for the first of six events in the country in 2010, the Open de Andalucia. Ten of the top-100 players in the world rankings are scheduled to compete, however, only three of the top-50 - Alvaro Quiros (33), 1998-99 champion Miguel Angel Jimenez (36) and Francesco Molinari (46). This will be the first tournament played in Europe in 2010 on the European Tour.

Last season, Soren Kjeldsen only managed an even-par 72 in the final round, but it was enough to hang on and win this event. Kjeldsen finished at 14-under 274 and won by three shots at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla over David Drysdale. Kjeldsen fired a course-record 62 in the third round to take over the lead. Kjeldsen and Drysdale were tied for the lead with two to play. Kjeldsen finished birdie-bogey, while Drysdale finished bogey-double bogey.

In 2008, Thomas Levet beat Oliver Fisher in a playoff for the win, becoming the winningest Frenchman on the European Tour with his fourth career victory. Levet overcame a three-shot deficit on the last six holes of regulation, making three birdies on his last five to shoot a five-under 67. He won with a par on the first playoff hole for his first win since the 2004 Scottish Open.

Lee Westwood capped an impressive weekend run with a five-under 67 in the final round to win the 2007 event, his first victory in nearly four years. Westwood went a combined 20-under par after opening the tournament with a 72 in the first round. He set a course record with his 64 in the second round and posted rounds of 65-67 on the weekend to win for the first time since the Dunhill Links Championship in September 2003. He ended at 20-under 268 overall for a two-shot win over fellow Englishman Phillip Archer and Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.

Spain's Jimenez and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano helped bring this tournament to Andalucia in 2007. Jimenez is a 16-time European Tour winner and has played on three European Ryder Cup teams. Four of his 16 triumphs have been on Spanish soil, including two in the Andalucia region -- both in 1999 -- Turespana Masters Open Andalucia at Parador Malaga del Golf and the Volvo Masters at Montecastillo. Fernandez-Castano is a four-time European Tour winner. Parador de Malaga Golf is hosting this event for the third time. Vijay Singh captured the title here in 1992, while Jimenez won in 1999.

The best players on the European Tour will head to the United States in two weeks for the first major championship of the year, The Masters. Angel Cabrera will defend his title in Augusta, Georgia. The rest of the European Tour will be in Portugal for the Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal, where Tano Goya won last year.

03/23 16:09:02 ET

As of March 23, 2010, at 04:09 PM ET