Golfers Delight: Volvo Masters

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Volvo Masters

Colin Montgomerie and Michael Campbell clash head-to-head in a compelling end to the European season at this week's Volvo Masters at Valderrama.
Montgomerie leads New Zealand's Campbell by 153,487 euros (£103,707) as he chases a record eighth European Order of Merit title in Spain. With South Africa's Retief Goosen having pulled out with injury, Campbell is the only man who can beat the Scot.

Venue of the tournament is the Club de Golf Valderrama, ranking as one of the finest courses in the world. Advances in club and ball technology mean it is no longer quite the monster it was back in the late 1980s but the par-72, 7,005-yard layout still offers one of the sternest tests on the circuit.

From the first to the 18th, barely a hole on the 1997 Ryder Cup venue offers a straightforward birdie opportunity with heavy woodland, wickedly switchbacking fairways, water and tricky greens ensuring the entire elite field have to plot their way round. Last year's event, won by England's Ian Poulter in a play-off, featured only eight players under par.

Check out the Tee Times for the first round and the news section or check out the European Tour Website for more information.


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