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Monday, 10 June 2019
Jorge Campillo  (Getty Images)
Jorge Campillo (Getty Images)

Spain’s latest European Tour winner Jorge Campillo, who currently sits fourth in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, will be amongst an international field of champions at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

Campillo, who secured his maiden European Tour title at the Trophée Hassan II in April, is one of ten players to have won so far on the 2019 Race to Dubai set to join Major winner and defending champion Sergio Garcia and World Number 13 Jon Rahm at Real Club Valderrama on June 27-30.

Jorge Campillo said: “It will be exciting.  It was a great event last year and it’s going to be great again – we have all of the Spanish players coming to play and many other great players.

“The golf course is going to be in good shape and the venue is obviously great. Hopefully the weather will be better than last year, it will be good this time around and I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s a tight, tricky golf course and the greens are small and fast. You have to keep the ball in play and be solid with your irons. If you miss a green you have really hard up and downs and the greens are fast. It’s a real test and it might a little windy at that time of the year, so it will be tough, which I like.”

The three most recent European Tour winners will tee it up in Andalucia – Thailand’s most successful player, Thongchai Jaidee, claimed the GolfSixes title as part of Team Thailand on Saturday, and he is joined by rising Italian star Guido Migliozzi, who secured the second of two wins in his rookie season at the Belgian Knockout, and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who battled back from seven months out of the game through injury to lift his fifth European Tour trophy at Made in Denmark presented by FREJA

Wiesberger

England’s Aaron Rai (Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi), Scot David Law (ISPS Handa Vic Open) and Swede Marcus Kinhult (Betfred British Masters) all secured their first titles this season while American Kurt Kitayama has matched Migliozzi’s feat by winning twice in his debut season on tour – at the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita and Oman Open.

Ryder Cup player Stephen Gallacher of Scotland (Hero Indian Open) and Australian Scott Hend (Maybank Championship) both returned to the winner’s circle earlier this year, while Finn Mikko Korhonen added the Volvo China Open title to his maiden victory at the 2018 ShotClock Masters.

Also adding to the global field of winners are victorious 2018 Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn and former European Number One Robert Karlsson of Sweden.

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They are joined by five-time European Tour winner Matt Fitzpatrick and his fellow Englishman and 2016 Ryder Cup team mate Chris Wood, who has three European Tour titles to his name.

The Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation returned to the European Tour schedule in 2017 after a six-year gap, with Garcia supporting the event through his foundation which was set up in 2002 for the purpose of contributing to the social inclusion of economically deprived children and youths through social assistance benefits and the practice of sport as a free-time activity. 

The 2017 Masters Tournament winner has won the last three editions of the event at his favourite course, the famous Real Club Valderrama.

A new era for the event was heralded this year when Estrella Damm, the iconic premium lager brand of the Spanish brewing company Damm, became the new title sponsor in a significant five-year deal, which will also see the prize fund rise to €3,000,000 - an increase of €1,000,000 from 2018.

Tickets for the 2019 Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation are on sale now, starting from just €7 for juniors and €18 for adults on pro-am day. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.andaluciavalderramamasters.com

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