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Inspired by Seve’s spirit
Open de Espana, one year after his death
The Reale Seguros Open de Espana of 2012 is hosted by the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla. From May 3 to 6, tour players will try to claim the Spanish Open Championship title, and the biggest part of the € 2 million prize money. Among them are quite a number of players that are looking for their second win in the European Tour.
Securing a first win on a European Tour event is a major achievement. To some players, the second win seems even harder to achieve. The entry list of the Spanish Open has more than a handful of players in that position. One of them is Spanish ace Rafael Cabrera, who won in early February at the Omega Dubai Dessert Classic. Robert Rock, who was the best in Abu Dhabi, is also eager to win on Spanish soil.
Other one-time winners that will tee-off in Sevilla are Paul Lawrie, who won the Qatar Masters, Joe Kruger, ranked first at the Avantha Masters, Julien Quesne, who excelled at the Open de Andalucia, Michael Hoey, at the top of the rankings in the Hassan II Trophy, and Thorbjørn Olesen, number one in the Open Sicilian.
Challenge of second win
The challenge of grasping that second European Tour title is also very real for Thomas Aiken, last year’s winner of the Reale Seguros Open de Espana. In 2011, he claimed the title after staying two shots clear of the runner-up, Anders Hansen from Denmark. It was Aiken’s first victory in his 104th event and marked the fifth time this season that a European Tour event had ended with a South African winner.
Last year’s Spanish Open event was a remarkable one, for different reasons. The thoughts of everyone at the Barcelona golf course – where the 2011 tournament was held – were for Seve Ballesteros who lost his fight for life in the early hours of Saturday morning. All players wore a black ribbon on their clothing as a mark of respect. One year later, Seve’s spirit may inspire the players to some great golf.
The course of the Real Club de Golf in Sevilla is a perfect setting for the Spanish championship. The course, designed by Jose Maria Olazabal, is a par 72, 6,529 meters with a very balanced layout that can accommodate any top level competition, both amateur and professional. In April 2004 this course already hosted the Open de Sevilla and in November of that year the Real Club de Golf hosted the WGC-World Cup of Golf. In 2008 and 2010 the Open in Spain was held here, and in 2009 the European Tour headed for Sevilla for the Open de Andalucia.
The Real Club has wide fairways, with rolling greens that are very well protected by 90 spectacular bunkers and 9 lakes of more than three hectares. The course is planted with over 10,000 trees that make for great views and add to the challenging nature of the course. The Real Club de Golf is currently ranked third on the list of the best Spanish courses.
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