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The Andalucía Masters is aiming high

Defending champion Sergio García in 2017
Defending champion Sergio García in 2017 / A.Carrasco Ragel
  • The tournament will be considered an event of exceptional public interest and therefore receive state funding

The Andalucía Valderrama Masters golf tournament is set to receive state funding after being included in the provisional budget for this year. This comes after the tournament was classified as an event of exceptional public interest, following its successful return to the European Tour last year.

The support programme is due to start on 1 July and run until 31 December 2020 and will help towards operating costs and the creation of other parallel activities.

It is seen as a major boost to the tournament and a strong indication that it will be around for many years to come, after having left such a big gap in the international calendar between 2012 and 2016.

Defending champion, Sergio García, said at the presentation for this year’s tournament, to take place in October, that his victory last year was the “cherry on top” of a fine season on his part, having also won the Masters at Augusta and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Thousands of fans turned out last time out and according to García, “Winning at Valderrama was very special. The truth is that it was incredible to do it in Spain, on one of my favourite courses in front of so many fans and, above all, close to my family.”

He added, “It was a very nice week. I played well but the most important thing was that I was in the right state of mind. There were moments that tested me but I was able to react.

“Valderrama is a very demanding course and requires a lot of patience.”

Tickets to see the Andalucía Valderrama Masters are already available and prices vary between eight and 20 euros. Tickets for the Pro-Am day (17 October) cost eight euros;on Thursday 18 and Friday 19, when the first and second rounds are played, they cost 12 euros;while on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, tickets cost 20 euros each day. Under 14s, if accompanied by an adult, go free.

Real Club Valderrama is located just a couple of kilometres from Gibraltar and little more than an hour from Malaga Airport.

Valderrama is a private members’ club which allows visitors at certain times of day. Since 1988, it has been considered one of the top clubs in Europe and has been included in the majority of the top-100 rankings ever published. The course has a par of 71 and measures 6,390 metres.