This week’s event is hosted by the Sergio García Foundation, so the beloved Spaniard could be a little busy this week with off-course commitments. This isn’t García’s first rodeo, though.
His foundation hosted last year’s Open de España (also at Valderrama) and finished solo third, losing by two to Andrew Johnston and one behind runner up, Joost Luiten.
García hasn’t lit the world on fire since his Masters win in April, but he hasn’t played poorly by any stretch. The 37-year-old got into contention at the BMW International Open in June (T2) and has been in the top 40 in 10 of 12 events since Augusta.
He missed the cut in his most recent start at the British Masters, but he’s rested and ready for this week with two weeks off.
García won the last edition of the Andalucía Masters in 2011 and seems to have a fondness for the course that values his elite ballstriking.
“Each hole in Valderrama has its own attraction and I like them all, because they force you to keep thinking and stay focused from the first to the last shot,” García said in a post by María Acacia López-Bachiller of Ten Golf. “It is a very demanding course that doesn’t give you any breaks.”
García finished ninth in greens in regulation and 10th in total driving on the PGA Tour last season. Even with his ‘B’ or ‘C’ game, I like the Borriol, Castellón, native to get in the mix this week.