European Golf Tour
PGA European - Madrid Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 27th through Sunday, May 30th
SITE: Real Sociedad Hipica Espanola Club de Campo, Madrid, Spain
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Von Hagge (1997)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,162
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 4 451 Yds
2 - Par 3 163 Yds
3 - Par 5 582 Yds
4 - Par 4 416 Yds
5 - Par 4 411 Yds
6 - Par 4 357 Yds
7 - Par 3 197 Yds
8 - Par 4 407 Yds
9 - Par 5 653 Yds
36 3,637 Yds
10 - Par 5 534 Yds
11 - Par 4 432 Yds
12 - Par 4 399 Yds
13 - Par 4 404 Yds
14 - Par 3 183 Yds
15 - Par 4 425 Yds
16 - Par 5 562 Yds
17 - Par 3 198 Yds
18 - Par 4 388 Yds
36 3,525 Yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Ross McGowan
Runner-Up:  Mikko Ilonen
Tournament Record:  263 (Ross McGowan, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  192 (Ross McGowan, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Sergio Garcia, 2009)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Ross McGowan, 2009 - Centro Nacional de Golf)
Total Purse:  $1,857,422 (1,500,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $308,452; 2nd Place - $205,641; 3rd Place - $115,862
2009 Finish
Ross McGowan263Gareth Maybin270
Mikko Ilonen266Ignacio Garrido271
David Drysdale267Anthony Wall271
Gary Murphy270Danny Willett271
Alexander Noren270Seven players at272
Past Madrid Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Ross McGowan (263) -- Mikko Ilonen
2008Charl Schwartzel (265) -- Ricardo Gonzalez

Top Contenders in the Field
Ross McGowan---Won
David Drysdalemc3rd
Gary MurphyT-60T-4
Ignacio GarridoT-10T-7
Miguel A. JimenezT-29T-10
Luke Donald---T-10
Sergio Garcia---T-17
Francesco Molinari---T-17
Raphael JacquelinmcT-21
Louis Oosthuizen---T-23
Alvaro QuirosT-4T-37
G. Fdez-CastanomcT-37
Paul LawrieT-29T-53
Thongchai JaideeT-867th
F. Andersson HedT-16---
Martin KaymerT-16---
Edoardo MolinariT-57---
Soren Hansen------
Graeme McDowell------
Oliver Wilson------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Fredrik Andersson Hed
Darkhorse - James Kingston
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lee Westwood) - Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Nicolas Colsaerts) - Finished 78th
NOTES:The European Tour heads to Spain this week for the Madrid Masters.
Eleven players ranked in the top-50 of the world rankings are playing this week, including two of the top-13: Martin Kaymer (11) and Luke Donald (13). Sergio Garcia, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Alvaro Quiros and Rafael Cabrera-Bello lead the Spanish contingent. This is the fourth of six tournaments being staged in Spain this year. Louis Oosthuizen won the Open de Andalucia in Malaga in March, Quiros captured the Open de Espana in Seville in May and Peter Hanson won the Iberdrola Open Cala Millor Mallorca in May.

Spain's highest-ranked player, Garcia (32), is playing in Europe this week for the first time since the Volvo World Match Play Championship in October, where he tied for ninth.

Last year, Ross McGowan fired a third-round 60 to open up a seven-shot cushion, and held on for a three-shot win at this event. McGowan finished the event at 25-under-par 263 to defeat Mikko Ilonen by three strokes for his first European Tour victory. His 54-hole score of minus-24 was the lowest opening 54-hole score in European Tour history.

In 2008, Charl Schwartzel shot rounds of 69-64-66-66 to win the inaugural Madrid Masters by three strokes over Ricardo Gonzalez. Schwartzel finished the event at 19-under-par 265 for his third European Tour victory. It was also his second win in the Spanish capital of Madrid, as he claimed the Open de Espana in 2007.

This event will be run by GFC Golf & Business. Fernandez-Castano, a four-time winner on the European Tour, is the president of that company. The tournament will be played at Real Sociedad Hipica Espanola Club de Campo.

The European Tour travels to Newport, Wales next week for The Celtic Manor Wales Open, where Jeppe Huldahl captured the event in 2009.

05/25 17:35:26 ET

As of May 25, 2010, at 05:35 PM ET