European Tour Getting Back into Gear


As the dust settles on yet another dramatic Masters Tournament, the European Tour begins to get back in gear as it heads toward the meat of their season.
This week the tour heads east from Portugal into Spain for the Jazztel Open de Espana en Andalucia at the San Roque Club in Cadiz.
One of the oldest national tournaments in the world, dating back 1912, the tournament has enjoyed an impressive list of winners over the years including the likes of Spain's very own Sergio Garcia and Seve Ballesteros, as well as European Tour stalwarts Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Padraig Harrington.
However, due to its place so close to the Masters on the tour schedule, the Open de Espana suffers from not getting many of the top names into the field. Those names - such as Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Monty - will be in action the following week for the Johnnie Walker Classic.
The tournament can however boast of having the winners of the two previous tour events in the field, as well as four of the last six winners of the Open de Espana.
Englands Paul Broadhurst, who claimed the Estoril Open de Portugal two weeks ago will be joined by Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands, who won the Madeira Island Open this past week.
Defending champion Christian Cevaer of France will back to defend the title he won last year during a final round which saw him make a pair of eagle 2s in his come-from-behind victory.
Also set to tee it up with Cevaer are former champs Jarmo Sandelin and Robert Karlsson of Sweden and Englands Kevin Ferrie, who claimed the title in 2003.
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