European Tour Weekly - May 9th, 2012

5/9/2012 5:23:38 PM
Madeira Islands Open Preview 2 - 9th May 2012  (EuropeanTour)
Madeira Islands Open Preview 2 - 9th May 2012 (EuropeanTour)

This week The European Tour is in Madeira for the 20th staging of the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal. The event has been played at three different venues since 1993 and this year returns to Santo de Serra for the first time since 2008. European Tour Weekly will be on the range as always, getting the latest thoughts from the players on the eve of the tournament.

ETW recently caught up with Chris Gane who last year secured a hat-trick of graduations from The Challenge Tour thanks largely to his tied runner-up finish in Madeira. It meant Gane ended the season in 19th place on The Challenge Tour rankings and he will be looking for a repeat performance in Madeira this week to kick-start his 2012 season.

Our review comes from the Reale Seguros Open de España and ETW will bring you the best of the action from Real Club de Golf de Sevilla.

Last month saw an important anniversary in The European Tour’s history, as it is 40 years since the first European Tour event, the Open de España, was played in April 1972. ETW looks back at the history of The European Tour and hears from some of the key people who have played their part in its growth.

In a little over four months time The 2012 Ryder Cup will be underway where José Maria Olazábal and Davis Love III will lead their respective teams. ETW spoke to the European Captain José Maria Olazábal as he looks forward to the week which will be held at Medinah Country Club in Illinois.

Together with all of the latest news and statistics from the Tour, this completes another edition of European Tour Weekly.