Sotogrande debuts on DP World Tour circuit

Sotogrande debuts on DP World Tour circuit
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The Real Club de Golf Sotogrande in Cádiz will host for the first time a test of the ‘DP World Tour’ circuit with the dispute from this Thursday until Sunday of the ‘Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters’, in which the Spaniard Adrián Otaegui defends the title won on last year, which in its eighth edition was held at the Real Club Valderrama, also from Cádiz, now home to LIV Golf.

Sotogrande, schedule

In the municipality of San Roque (Cádiz) in this tournament, which is valid for the Race to Dubai, the Gipuzkoan will face other prominent Spanish golfers such as the Barcelonans Pablo Larrazábal and Adrián Arnaus, the Canary Islands Rafael Cabrera Bello, the Extremaduran Jorge Campillo or the Asturian Alfredo García Heredia.

Among the foreign registration, the American Wyndham Clark, champion of the US Open 2023, stands out; New Zealander Ryan Fox, winner of the BMW PGA Championship; or Matt Kuchar, a four-time member of the US Ryder Cup team.

They will be joined by the Scot Robert MacIntyre, double champion on the DP World Tour and debutant in the Ryder Cup recently held in Rome, where he finished undefeated and added 2.5 points in three games. One of the Spaniards who arrives in the best shape is García Heredia, ninth last week in the Madrid Open and who will look for the card for next season in Sotogrande.

The Asturian, in statements released by the organization, highlighted that the field “is very good” and he hoped that there would be good weather. “Let’s see if the weather respects it,” said the golfer, who added that he has “a lot of confidence” to do a good job on a course he knows and has already played “several times” after the renovation carried out five years ago.

. After these changes, Real Club Sotogrande is more demanding than usual, with narrower fairways, high rough and fast greens to test the team of players. “It is a field that can get very difficult with the wind,” García Heredia warned in an analysis joined by local player Álvaro Quirós, who has known this game scenario for years.

“The fairways have been narrowed and if you miss them, access to the green becomes very complicated because the rough Bermuda makes you lose control and that protects the second shots,” explained the former winner of the Spanish Open in 2010 and the Dubai tournament in 2011, which will also play the Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters 2023 tournament starting this Thursday.

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