This week European Tour Weekly travels to the City of Newport for the ISPS Handa Wales Open. ETW will be on the range at The Celtic Manor Resort with all the latest thoughts from the players on the eve of the event.
Last year Alexander Noren won his second European Tour title at Celtic Manor, on the course that had proved such a happy home venue for Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team the year before, eventually winning by two shots from Gregory Bourdy and Anders Hansen. ETW caught up with Noren prior to the defence of his title.
As always European Tour Weekly will review all of the best of the action from the most recent European Tour event. This week that means a return trip to Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship where the cream of European golf assembled at the testing Surrey venue.
At Wentworth, European Tour Weekly brought together an unlikely pairing in former world number three Paul Casey and renowned chef Jason Atherton. Casey took time out from his busy schedule as he continues his comeback from injury to show off his culinary skills.
European Tour Weekly was at the Players’ Awards Dinner at the Sofitel Heathrow last week to celebrate another stellar year for The European Tour. Amongst the awards handed out was the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award which went to Tom Lewis, but the biggest winner of the evening was undoubtedly Luke Donald who scooped the Harry Vardon Trophy for being the 2011 European Number One, the Golfer of the Year Award and the Players’ Player Award as voted for by Donald’s contemporaries.
For the seventh successive year Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey hosted the US Open Qualifying. Played over 36 holes, one round on each of the two championship courses, the event always produces drama as players attempt to make it to the US Open at the Olympic Club next month.
Together with all of the latest news and statistics from the Tour, this completes another edition of European Tour Weekly.