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The Volvo Masters was the concluding official money event of the European Tour season until 2009, when it was replaced by the Dubai World Championship. The event was founded in 1988 and held at Valderrama Golf Club in Andalusia, Spain, except for a five-year period between 1997 and 2001 when Montecastillo Golf Club played host to the tournament.

Volvo Masters
LocationSotogrande, Spain
Established1988
Course(s)Valderrama Golf Club
Par71
Length6,952 yards
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund4,000,000
Month playedOctober
Final year2008
Aggregate269 M Á Jiménez (1999)
To par−19 (as above)
Denmark Søren Kjeldsen

The tournament reverted to its original name of "Volvo Masters" in 2005, having been known as the "Volvo Masters Andalucia" between 2000 and 2003 for sponsorship reasons. The prize money for the inaugural event was £351,690, and by 2008, this had increased to over €4 million, making it one of the richest events on the tour. The field consists of the top 60 leading money winners on the European Tour, and from 2005, an invitation has also been issued to the previous years winner regardless of their standing on the money list.

Prior to 2007, the Volvo Masters was held one week before the Tour Championship to allow golfers who are members of both the European and PGA Tours to participate, but this changed after the PGA Tour rescheduled their event to mid-September.

Following a one-year absence from the calendar, Valderama returned to the European Tour schedule in 2010 with the Andalucía Valderrama Masters under the sponsorship of Turismo Andaluz (Andalucia Government Tourism Organization).[1]

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Volvo Masters
2008 Søren Kjeldsen   Denmark 276 −8 2 strokes   Martin Kaymer
  Anthony Wall
2007 Justin Rose   England 283 −1 Playoff   Simon Dyson
  Søren Kjeldsen
2006 Jeev Milkha Singh   India 282 −2 1 stroke   Luke Donald
  Sergio García
  Pádraig Harrington
2005 Paul McGinley   Ireland 274 −10 2 strokes   Sergio García
Volvo Masters Andalucia
2004 Ian Poulter   England 277 −7 Playoff   Sergio García
2003 Fredrik Jacobson   Sweden 276 −12 Playoff   Carlos Rodiles
2002 Bernhard Langer (2)
Colin Montgomerie (2)
  Germany
  Scotland
281 −3 Due to darkness, ended in
tie after two-hole playoff
2001 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 204^ −12 1 stroke   Paul McGinley
Volvo Masters
2000 Pierre Fulke   Sweden 272 −16 1 stroke   Darren Clarke
1999 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain 269 −19 2 strokes   Retief Goosen
  Pádraig Harrington
  Bernhard Langer
1998 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 271 −17 2 strokes   Andrew Coltart
1997 Lee Westwood   England 200^ −16 3 strokes   Pádraig Harrington
1996 Mark McNulty   Zimbabwe 276 −8 7 strokes   José Cóceres
  Sam Torrance
  Wayne Westner
  Lee Westwood
1995 Alex Čejka   Germany 282 −2 2 strokes   Colin Montgomerie
1994 Bernhard Langer   Germany 276 −8 1 stroke   Seve Ballesteros
  Vijay Singh
1993 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 274 −10 1 stroke   Darren Clarke
1992 Sandy Lyle   Scotland 287 +3 Playoff   Colin Montgomerie
1991 Rodger Davis   Australia 280 −4 1 stroke   Nick Faldo
1990 Mike Harwood   Australia 286 +2 1 stroke   Steven Richardson
  Sam Torrance
1989 Ronan Rafferty   Northern Ireland 282 −6 1 stroke   Nick Faldo
1988 Nick Faldo   England 284 −4 2 strokes   Seve Ballesteros

*In 2002, Langer and Montgomerie were level after two holes of a playoff when darkness fell, and agreed to share the title.
^The 1997 and 2001 tournaments were cut to just three rounds due adverse weather.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "European Tour schedule to feature Andalucia Masters at Valderrama". Golf Monthly. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-22.

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