European Golf Tour
PGA European - Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol Preview
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DATES: Thursday, March 15th through Sunday, March 18th
SITE: Aloha Golf Club, Andalucia, Spain
COURSE ARCHITECT: Javier Arana (1975)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,881
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 596 Yds10 - Par 5 561 Yds
2 - Par 4 362 Yds11 - Par 4 386 Yds
3 - Par 4 344 Yds12 - Par 4 412 Yds
4 - Par 3 226 Yds13 - Par 3 214 Yds
5 - Par 5 511 Yds14 - Par 4 369 Yds
6 - Par 4 410 Yds15 - Par 4 399 Yds
7 - Par 4 349 Yds16 - Par 5 526 Yds
8 - Par 3 195 Yds17 - Par 3 230 Yds
9 - Par 4 343 Yds18 - Par 4 448 Yds
36 3,336 Yds36 3,545 Yds
Annual:  15th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Paul Lawrie (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Johan Edfors
Tournament Record:  263 (Louis Oosthuizen, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Louis Oosthuizen, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Sam Hutsby, Louis Oosthuizen, 2010)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Kenneth Ferrie, 2011 - Parador de Malaga Golf)
Course Record:  64 (Lee Westwood, Fredrik Andersson Hed, 2007)
Total Purse:  $1,306,028 (1,000,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $217,662; 2nd Place - $145,112; 3rd Place - $81,757
2011 Finish
Paul Lawrie268Jeppe Huldahl271
Johan Edfors269Christian Nilsson272
Felipe Aguilar270Jose Manuel Lara273
Mark Foster271Hennie Otto273
Raphael Jacquelin271Florian Fritsch273
Past Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Paul Lawrie (268) -- Johan Edfors
2010Louis Oosthuizen (263) -- Peter Whiteford, Richard Finch
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
Johan Edfors---T-39---mc2nd
Felipe Aguilar---mcT-31T-453rd
Raphael Jacquelin------mcmcT-4
Raf. Cabrera-BelloT-63wdmcT-36T-11
Joost Luiten---T-19---T-6T-18
Pablo LarrazabalmcT-32T-41T-12T-18
Michael JonzonT-4T-6T-35T-29T-23
Anthony WallT-54T-32T-56T-77T-23
Niclas Fasth------T-56T-72T-32
Marcel Siem---T-12T-6mcT-36
Gregory Havret------T-56T-36T-40
Robert RockT-9---mcT-58T-40
Stephen Gallacher---T-32mcT-12mc
Thomas LevetT-34WonT-14T-17mc
David LynnT-9T-8T-63T-36mc
Michael Hoey------mcT-36mc
Miguel A. JimenezT-24T-19T-14T-55mc
Jorge Campillo---------mcmc
Colin Montgomerie------T-31---mc
Jaco Van Zyl------------mc
Marcus Fraser---------------
Jbe Kruger---------------
Matteo Manassero---------------
Edoardo Molinari---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Marcel Siem
Darkhorse - Tano Goya
Last Week's Pick to Win (Phil Mickelson) - Finished tied for 43rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brandt Snedeker) - Finished tied for 45th
This week, the European Tour travels to Spain for the first of five events in the country in 2012, the Open de Andalucia. None of the top-50 players in the world are in the field, but 13 of the top-100 are expected to compete.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez is the top-ranked player in the field at No. 51 in the world. Jimenez won this event in 1998-99. He is joined by Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship winner Robert Rock (56), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (60) and Matteo Manassero (63). Cabrera-Bello, also a native of Spain, won the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

Jimenez helped bring this tournament to Andalucia in 2007. Jimenez is an 18- time European Tour winner and has played on four European Ryder Cup teams. Four of his 18 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.

Last year, Paul Lawrie fired rounds of 66-67-65-70 to get his first win in almost nine years. Lawrie overcame a shaky start to his final round to earn the victory at 12-under 268. He bogeyed the last to cut his winning margin to a single stroke over Johan Edfors. It was Lawrie's sixth European Tour title, which included the 1999 British Open, but his first since winning in Wales in 2002. Lawrie won again this year at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. He will not be on hand to defend his title this week due to an illness.

In 2010, Louis Oosthuizen finally collected his first European Tour victory after four runner-up finishes. Oosthuizen shot rounds of 67-63-66-67 and captured the title at 17-under 263 at Parador de Malaga Golf. He won by three strokes over Peter Whiteford and Richard Finch. Oosthuizen went on to win the British Open in 2010 for his first major championship.

Thomas Levet beat Oliver Fisher in a playoff for the win in 2008, 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 in 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 shot a 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.

The European Tour heads to Morocco next week for the Trophee Hassan II, where David Horsey won last year.

03/13 15:57:39 ET

As of March 13, 2012, at 03:57 PM ET