MUTUACTIVOS OPEN DE ESPANA
After two exciting weeks at the BMW PGA Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the newly rebranded European Tour heads to Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Spain, for the Mutuactivos Open de Espana.
The field this week is headlined by Jon Rahm, the defending champion will want to continue his good form after his second place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. Alongside Rahm is a strong Spanish contingent of players, which includes the likes of Rafa Cabrera Bello and Sergio Garcia.
Previously known as the Spanish Open, the tournament has a rich history within European Golf. Previous winners include three time winner Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie, a who’s who of European golfing legends.
This is also the first week of the new branding on th European Tour, that has been unveiled this week by Keith Pelley and of course ‘The Content Commitee”. It is a very interesting move from the European Tour at this stage of the year and the season. Time will tell if this is a commercially successful decision, but the willingness to adapt and evolve is refreshing.
Alongside the rebranding of the European Tour, comes a relatively shocking outburst from Europes star player. After finishing T-26th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Rory McIlroy slammed the difficulty of the courses that are played on the European Tour, stating that ‘I'm sick of coming back over to the European Tour and shooting 15 under par and finishing 30th". After a day’s reflection, Rory released another statement, slightly softening his stance and accepting that after a week that saw professionals paired with amateurs it may not have been the best week to share such a view. With everything that is happening on the European Tour at the moment, including the rebranding, let's hope that Rory's comments are taken on board and discussions take place to make their product a truly amazing spectacle.
TIPS FOR THE WEEK
FROM TEAM TG
Jon Rahm: This man is an unstoppable force on the European Tour, currently second on the Race to Dubai, he is the defending champion and will want to add to his tally of four wins this week.
Sergio Garcia: his last outing on the European Tour ended with a win. He is back on home soil and tends to produce good results there, if he gets his putter working this week he could be dangerous.
Rafa Cabrera Bello: Another player returning to some good form and returning to Spain to play his home open. Before his T6 finish at the BMW PGA Championship, he had taken some time off following the birth of his first child, but this doesn’t to seem to have affected him and his golf game.
Julian Suri: The American is not having his best year on tour, but he is still 70th in the R2D rankings, he is due a good week and it could be this one.