The Costa del Sol’s reputation as Europe’s premiere golf centre took a knock this week with the cancellation of this year’s Andalucia Masters due to have been held at Valderrama, Sotogrande next month.
The Junta de Andalucía confirmed this decision by letter to the European Tour organisers, and which they also announced in a press release on Monday September 10th.
Despite discussions with the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, and a formal legal agreement with the Junta de Andalucía, the tournament, won in 2011 by Sergio García, will not take place.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: ”This is extremely disappointing news to receive, especially at such a late date. We have been long term partners with the Junta for over 25 years. In that time we have seen together with many other events, the Volvo Masters staged in Andalucía from 1988-2008, two American Express World Golf Championships, won by Tiger Woods in 1999 and Mike Weir in 2000, and the Jewel in the Crown, The 1997 Ryder Cup played at Club de Golf Valderrama. We have worked together to promote the region, and the Junta de Andalucía and The European Tour have enjoyed an exceptionally strong and committed long term partnership.
“We feel the disappointment not only for our Members and all committed to broadcasting and reporting this tournament and the region on a global scale, but also for the many visitors, especially from Northern Europe, who coincide their vacations with the tournament.
“We will work with the Junta to rectify this situation both now and in the future”.