Thursday, 20 December 2012
Pick your favourite from the above and you could be off to the south of France...  (EuropeanTour)
Pick your favourite from the above and you could be off to the south of France... (EuropeanTour)

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Vote for The European Tour Shot of the Year and you could win a golf break to the stunning Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, including golf and tuition at the European Tour Performance Institute.

Throughout the season fans from My European Tour have been voting for their favourite shots each month and now it’s time to vote for the best of the best.

Select your favourite from the 11 monthly winners and you could be heading to the south of France, where you will be treated to a golf break at the exclusive Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, a European Tour Destination and IAGTO European Golf Resort of The Year, including two night’s accommodation in a luxurious suite with breakfast, a round of golf on each course (Le Chateau and Le Riou) as well as unlimited access to the Albatros Golf Performance Center.

Terre Blanche, a stunning, mature resort nestling in the heart of Provence in the south of France, which played host to the 2012 French Riviera Masters won by DJ Russell, is a breath-taking five-star facility located 45 minutes from Nice on the French Riviera and offers a complete leisure experience for golfers and non-golfers alike. The five-star resort delivers spectacularly on all fronts, from the five-star Leading Hotel of the World and state-of-the-art Spa to the world-renowned Albatross Golf Performance Centre, and is completed by two delightfully challenging 18 hole courses designed by Dave Thomas.

Ranked 18th within Golf World UK magazine’s Top 100 courses in continental Europe, le Château course at Terre Blanche stretches 6,616 metres (7,235 yards) and is characterised by several spectacular water hazards. The bunkers, greens and flag positions provide the challenges of a true championship course, rewarding players for precision and distance.

The second 18-hole course, Le Riou, is a highly technical course requiring strategy and precision, stretching to 6,005 metres (6,567 yards) and featuring rolling contours and winding fairways. The course unfolds through pine- and oak-lined hills and valleys, providing inspiring views of medieval Provençal villages and the Southern Alps.

The winner will also be treated to some of the most experienced tuition around from Biomecaswing -the ETPI’s appointed biomechanics experts - who will analyse and improve your body and technique for a half day, an experience that is guaranteed to improve the game of all golfers.

Albatros Golf Performance Centre at Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort
  The winner will be given a full biomechanic analysis to help improve their golf game

To be eligible for this fantastic prize all you need to do is pick your favourite from the list below, and the shot which accumulates the most votes will be The 2012 Shot of the Year, following in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy who picked up the prize in 2011 for his spectacular approach to the par three tenth hole at Congressional Country Club en route to US Open Championship glory.

January – Sergio Garcia got the ball rolling with a superb approach to the par three 12th hole during the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, dispatching a mid-iron that just carried onto the back tier, before rolling dead weight and centre cut into the hole for an ace, his first on The European Tour.

February – Next up another hole-in-one, this time for Martin Kaymer at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, having taken dead aim at the par three seventh during the second round at Emirates GC, pitching the ball just feet from the cup before watching it disappear to, like Garcia, register the German’s first ever ace.

March – Our third hole-in-one in contention for this prize came from Paul Casey, who once again proved his class with a perfect approach to the 15th hole on Doral’s Blue Monster layout during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, landing the ball on the front edge of the green before rolling it right in the front door and down to the bottom of the cup. Cue celebrations from caddie Craig Connelly…

April – Our only Major contender of 2012 came from Louis Oosthuizen who laid the competition to rest in April with his outrageous albatross at the par five second during the final round of the Masters Tournament, and all that while challenging for a second Major Championship title.

May – Next up is double BMW PGA Champion Luke Donald who, having skirted the galleries down the left of the 15th hole during the first round at Wentworth, proceeded to deliver an immaculate recovery on the daunting par four, rolling his mid-iron approach within millimetres of the hole, as it lipped out to leave a tap in birdie.

June – Padraig Harrington has always been known for his ability to get up-and-down from the most unlikely of situations, and his victorious effort in June was up there with his best, pitching a controlled wedge from short right of the eighth green during the opening round of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush, landing the ball on the front edge before rolling it out some 25 feet from right to left and into the hole for an unlikely birdie three.

July – Fresh off birdies at 17 and 18, having started his second round of the Alstom Open de France on the back nine, Ian Poulter looked in trouble down the first having hooked his drive into the water, but a penalty drop, a chip out, and a perfect pitch out later and he was celebrating an outrageous par four.

August – The eighth man on our list is Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, who already had a commanding lead during the final round of the Omega European Masters before he came to the par five 14th, and having laid up some 100 or so yards short of the green in two, he fizzed in a glorious wedge that found the hole for an eagle that ensured a runaway victory.

September – With the most inspired comeback in Ryder Cup history on the cards, England’s Justin Rose put all the pressure aside against Phil Mickelson, rolling in a now iconic putt from 40 feet or more at the par three 17th hole to win the hole and claw his match back to all square, shifting the momentum firmly in Team Europe’s favour en route to an historic victory.

October – Shane Lowry had only ever won once on The European Tour, at the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur, and he picked up his first title as a professional at the Portugal Masters thanks to some pin-point play that resulted in a crucial eagle two at the 11th during the final round that helped him edge out those around him.

November – Finally we have Justin Rose’s second offering, and it once again comes as the result of some sublime touch on the greens, having tamed a truly torturous putt at the final hole of the season en route to a course record at Jumeirah Golf Estates and a second place finish behind Rory McIlroy. Having rolled his ball to a standstill atop the ridge halfway between himself and the hole, and with seemingly the whole of Dubai cheering it on, Rose’s immaculate putt proceeded to roll down to within millimetres of the hole, and although it didn’t go in, it was clearly one of the putts of the season.

So there you have it, our class of 2012, and some of the finest golf shots we’ve ever assembled in one European Tour season.

Now all you have to do is pick your favourite and you could be in with a chance of winning our fantastic golf and tuition break to Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort.

Good luck.

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