2019 European Tour Tracker

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This week: D+D Real Czech Masters

What: European Tour Event: D+D Real Czech Masters
Where: Albatross Golf Resort
Miles Travelled:

4,958 miles

Short Description:
My Role This Week:

This week, the European Tour returns after a two-week break with the D+D Real Czech Masters. I’ll be handling media requests, hosting press conferences, arranging interviews for our broadcast partners and producing reports from the tournament. This is undoubtedly one of my favourite events of the year – I was here for the first edition in 2014 and this is my fourth Czech Masters (out of six editions!). The reasons I love it so much? See below…

For me, Prague is one of the great European cities. It has the perfect mix of history and modernity – a buzzing metropolitan 21st century city complete with beautiful restaurants, independent coffee shops and fun nightlife all against the backdrop of a picture-perfect historical gem. Our players’ party early in the week took place outside the town and gave me the opportunity to capture this vista of the city.

Tuesday at the D+D Real Czech Masters is a busy day. Firstly we have an grand official opening press conference, attended this year by Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood – so that’s a total of 67 European Tour titles (including seven Major Championships wins) on the top table! It is broadcast live on Golf Channel Czech Republic and is a big deal for the locals. The players wear headsets and all questions and speeches in the Czech language are translated live in their ears.

Later in the day, those players were joined by three more European Tour stars on a river boat along with sponsors, guests and media for the annual floating green challenge. With tourists watching from the nearby landmark Charles Bridge (pictured), players, promising young Czech golfers and special guests chip towards a small floating green on the river in a closest-to-the-pin challenge. The winner receives a year’s supply of Pilsner Urquell beer! If you look closely in the photo, you may spot Ryder Cup stars Harrington, Westwood and Thomas Pieters in the crowd…

Undoubtedly the most inspiring moment of the week came on Wednesday, when Ernie Els hosted a morning seminar for autism, a cause which is very close to his heart. Ernie’s son Ben is autistic and the four-time Major winner has been a champion for the cause for close to two decades now. He spoke openly and emotionally to a room full of parents of autistic children and charity representatives, and the reception he received was really quite something. He also wrote for our European Tour Blog about the subject, and it is well worth a read. In the photo, you’ll see a line of certificates presented by Ernie Els to the various partners of the event.

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