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Big ambitions for the future of the Andalucía Masters

Sergio García was one of the most outstanding stars at the most recent edition in June.
Sergio García was one of the most outstanding stars at the most recent edition in June. / SUR
  • The tournament's organisers are working on ways to increase the prize money to attract more high-profile golfers

The success of the latest edition of Andalucía Valderrama Masters has given its organisers a taste for even more. They are now considering knocking at the door of the American Tour in a bid to attract better players.

This is an ambitious objective, but the organisers of the Andalucía Masters want to take the tournament forward. The agreement reached with Estrella Damm as principal sponsors guarantees the presence of the tournament on the calendar for at least the next four years. However, changes to the PGA Tour next season as a result of the Olympic Games have caused problems for the European Tour. Cutting a week out between the US Open and the British Open, which would only be separated by three weeks, comes in addition to the incorporation of the World St Jude Invitational during the first week of July. As a result, there won't be any space for the Andalucía Masters in the summer and it could instead be played from 28 to 31 May - dates compatible with the calendars of golfers such as Garcia or Rahm.

The tournament has excellent potential and aims to become one of the competitions in the Rolex Series, which requires a minimum of seven million euros in prize money and for which nearly 40 points for the world ranking are up for grabs - criteria which are very attractive to golfers.

The tournament's prize pool already rose this year to three million euros and has ambitions to continue growing - a dream that could soon materialise and that would establish the tournament as one of the largest sporting events in Spain.