European Golf Tour
PGA European - Andalucia Valderrama Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 28th through Sunday, October 31st
SITE: Club de Golf Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Sr (1985)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,988
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 4 399 Yds
2 - Par 4 421 Yds
3 - Par 3 196 Yds
4 - Par 5 563 Yds
5 - Par 4 381 Yds
6 - Par 3 163 Yds
7 - Par 4 497 Yds
8 - Par 4 350 Yds
9 - Par 4 441 Yds
35 3,411 Yds
10 - Par 4 389 Yds
11 - Par 5 547 Yds
12 - Par 3 212 Yds
13 - Par 4 411 Yds
14 - Par 4 370 Yds
15 - Par 3 225 Yds
16 - Par 4 433 Yds
17 - Par 5 536 Yds
18 - Par 4 454 Yds
36 3,577 Yds
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et)
Course Record:  62 (Bernhard Langer, 1994)
Total Purse:  $4,160,431 (3,000,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $692,700; 2nd Place - $461,795; 3rd Place - $260,178
Past Andalucia Valderrama Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1stYear of the Event

Top Players in the Field
Thomas BjornWon 2010 Estoril Open de Portugal, 10 European Tour wins
Niclas Fasth6 European Tour wins, 2002 European Ryder Cup team
Ross FisherWorld No. 28, Won Irish Open in August, 2010 Ryder Cup
Sergio Garcia8 European Tour wins, 5 European Ryder Cup teams
Ignacio Garrido2nd last week at Castello Masters, 8 top-15's in 2010
Richard GreenWon Portugal Masters in October, 3 European Tour wins
Todd HamiltonWon 2004 British Open, 2 PGA Tour wins
Soren Hansen2 European Tour wins, 2008 European Ryder Cup team
Peter HansonWon 2010 Iberdrola Open and Czech Open
Gregory HavretFinished 2nd at U.S. Open in June, 3 European Tour wins
David Howell4 European Tour wins, 2004-2006 European Ryder Cup team
Miguel A. Jimenez3 European Tour wins in 2010, World No. 25
Martin KaymerWon 2010 PGA Championship, 4 wins in 2010, World No. 3
Jose Manuel LaraWon Austrian GolfOpen in September, 2 European Tour wins
Thomas Levet5 European Tour wins, 2004 European Ryder Cup team
Graeme McDowellWon 2010 U.S. Open, 2 wins in 2010, World No. 13
Paul McGinley4 European Tour wins, 2002, 2004 and 2006 Ryder Cup team
Edoardo MolinariWon 2010 Scottish Open and Johnnie Walker Championship
Francesco Molinari2010 Ryder Cup team, 10 top-10 finishes in 2010
Jose M. OlazabalWon 1994 and 1999 Masters, 23 European Tour wins
John ParryWon Vivendi Cup in September
Alvaro QuirosWon Open de Espana in May, 4 European Tour wins

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Martin Kaymer
Darkhorse - Joost Luiten
Last week's Pick to Win (Gary Boyd) - Finished tied for 3rd
Last week's Darkhorse (David Howell) - Missed the cut
The European Tour travels to Spain this week for the inaugural Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Six of the top 30 players in the world rankings are in the field: PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer (3), U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (13), Edoardo Molinari (14), Miguel Angel Jimenez (25), Ross Fisher (28) and Francesco Molinari (30). All six of these players were members of the victorious European Ryder Cup team.

Kaymer will be trying to win his fifth title of the year and fourth straight. He has won his last three starts at the PGA Championship, KLM Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The last player to win four consecutive starts on the European Tour was Tiger Woods in 2000. The last European to accomplish the feat was Nick Faldo in 1988-89. The only other player to do it was Seve Ballesteros in 1986.

Kaymer leads the Race to Dubai by almost 1 million euros over McDowell and can overtake Woods as the No. 1 player in the world rankings with a win or two- way tie for second place. Woods has been the top player in the world since June 2005. Kaymer would become only the second German to top the world golf rankings, joining Bernhard Langer.

This tournament will be played at Club de Golfe Valderrama in Sotogrande, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and opened in 1985. Valderrama hosted the season-ending Volvo Masters 16 times and staged the 1997 Ryder Cup, where Ballesteros captained Europe to victory.

With the staging of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, Valderrama will be hosting its third different European Tour stroke play event. The Spanish venue was home to the Volvo Masters between 1988-1996 and 2002-2008 and for the first two years of the WGC-CA Championship in 1999 and 2000.

This tournament will be the sixth European Tour event held in Spain in 2010, more than any other country in Europe. British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen won the Open de Andalucia in March; Alvaro Quiros captured the Open de Espana in May; Peter Hanson won the Iberdrola Open Cala Millor Mallorca in May; Luke Donald won the Madrid Masters in May; and Matteo Manassero captured the Castello Masters last week.

The best players in the world will be in China next week for the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, where American Phil Mickelson will defend his title.

10/28 13:02:57 ET

As of October 28, 2010, at 01:03 PM ET