The 2020 Andalucia Masters starts the Iberian Swing on the new-look European Tour schedule and the tournament takes place at the iconic Club de Golf Valderrama. The course is most famous for hosting the 1997 Ryder Cup when Seve Ballesteros lead the European side to victory, and it has also hosted a WGC event.
It was a regular venue on the European Tour for many years but, after being dropped for a few seasons, this will be the fourth consecutive edition of the Andalucia Masters at the course.
The Club de Golf Valderrama measures just 7,000 yards and presents the professionals with a very different test from the type of resort courses they’ve been playing in England recently. The fairways are narrow and undulating and hitting them in the correct place is paramount to making approach shots to smaller than average greens as easy as possible.
Hitting the greens in the correct places is also massively important, as hitting the wrong portion of them can leave some treacherous putts. The greens normally run at around 12.5 on the stimpmeter and their slickness magnifies the slopes and borrows greatly.
Christian Bezuidenhout won last year’s edition with a score of –10, while Sergio Garcia won the previous two with –12. However, with both of those players committing to the PGA Tour during the Covid-19 regulations, we’re looking for a new name to put on the trophy this season.
Such is the difficulty of Valderrama, it’s hard to find many players that have great past course form this week. The bookies have made Rasmus Hojgaard the favourite after he won his second European Tour event in just 15 starts last week but it’s a big ask for the youngster to step-up again this week.
Thomas Detry would kill for just one of Hojgaard’s wins but the Belgian has another decent chance of success this week after finishing eighth last year. I prefer Detry’s chances over those of Bernd Wiesberger, who hinted that he found Valderrama difficult when interviewed after last week’s tournament.
Joost Luiten has twice finished second here but has disappointed since the restart. Martin Kaymer has also posted three top-6s at Valderrama in his career, but past demons may resurface after blowing a winning chance last week.
Lee Westwood is our Andalucia Masters tip 2020. Westwood’s experience of this quirky layout should be an advantage this week and five top-7s on his last five visits to Valderrama highlights his tee-to-green excellence. He’ll need to putt well to win but looks each-way value in a weak renewal.
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