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Euro Season Ends - and Then Begins

Editors Note: Tom Abbott is the host of Golf Central UK. He will be filing a bi-weekly column on with news, opinions and his inside knowledge of the European Tour.
The European Tour comes to a close this week at Valderrama. Five players are still in with a shot of taking the Order of Merit title, one of whom isnt playing. Ernie Els is No. 1 in the rankings and is playing in Singapore, which makes the week even more interesting. Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Niclas Fasth are the contenders, with Harrington and Rose favoured because of their positions.
Having heard from the players, Im surprised at just how much this title means to them. Fasth compared it to the next best thing after a major, and Rose has had his sights set on this since the middle of the season. I suppose it stems from the fact that, if successful, they will go into the 2008 season will a massive confidence boost, knowing that over the course of 12 months their game was better than any other player on the European Tour.
Well have live coverage on GOLF CHANNEL in the States and I will for sure be getting out of bed to watch.

Looking a little further ahead, the European Tour will begin its 2008 season immediately after the Volvo Masters concludes the 2007 season. I, for one, am not a huge fan of this system, giving us no break in between to catch our breath. Furthermore, the first event of 2008 is the HSBC Champions, one of the biggest on the calendar.
The European Tour cant be seen to be taking any steps backwards, especially with the FedExCup being introduced in the States. By giving their members events almost every single week of the year, the tour has a little one-up on Mr. Finchem. However, I dont think its great for the fans. I would love to see at least a few weeks in between. Players can have some time to rest and fans can see a clear distinction between the two seasons. Alas, it looks as if this isnt going to happen anytime soon.

Gregory and Melodie both had great weeks just gone. Gregory picked up his first European Tour win at the Mallorca Classic, whilst his sister earned a card for the 2008 Ladies European Tour. Melodie Bourdy was one of 30 players who survived the four-day event to make her way onto the tour for next season.
The winner of the Q-school was none other than former Big Breaker Dana Lacey. The 25-year-old from Perth, Australia finished at 13 under and will now not have to return to the Duramed FUTURES Tour, which she made her home in 07.
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