The second edition of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9 will be held at the stunning Valle Romano Golf in southern Spain from May 17-20.
Following a successful first staging last season, the picturesque coastal town of Estepona will now host the second edition of the innovative event, won last year by England’s Aaron Rai.
The exciting format comprises of 36 holes of stroke play with the top 64 European Challenge Tour players making it through to the weekend – where they will compete in a series of nine-hole match play battles for a €200,000 prize fund.
Valle Romano Golf boasts a phenomenal championship course, with signature holes named after famous Spanish players – hole two is named after José Maria Olazábal, hole five is named after Miguel Ángel Jiménez while hole nine is the ‘Seve Ballesteros hole’.
The Cabell B. Robinson-designed course, which hosted the Second Stage of Qualifying School in 2013, has a challenging parkland layout which measures 6975 yards and is known for its fast greens.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9, the only match play event on the 2018 Challenge Tour schedule, is one of two Spanish tournaments which will take place this season and will be played two weeks after the Challenge de España.
Alain de Soultrait, European Challenge Tour Director, said: “We are delighted to confirm that the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9 will take place at the beautiful Valle Romano Golf.
“Last year’s match play format proved very popular among players and fans alike, and we are thrilled that we have kept this exciting format for this year’s event.
“The golf course is in excellent condition with incredibly fast greens, which I am sure will provide the perfect setting for the nine-hole match play contests.
“We want to pay thanks to the Andalusian institutions for their support of golf and to commend the Royal Andalusian Golf Federation for ensuring that this popular event remains on the Challenge Tour.”