2019 European Tour Tracker

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This week: Mutuactivos Open de España

What: European Tour Event: Mutuactivos Open de España
Where: Old Course St. Andrews
Miles Travelled:

1,560 miles

Short Description:
My Role This Week:

This week, I’m the European Tour’s Press Officer at the Mutuactivos Open de España. I’m on-site working alongside the promoters of the event, coordinating media requests from local journalists, arranging interviews for our broadcast partners and producing reports from the tournament.

This week, we’re in Madrid for the Mutuactivos Open de España. The 2019 Race to Dubai is nearing its climax with just eight events left to play. Club de Campo Villa de Madrid is just a stone’s throw away from the heart of the Spanish capital. Here’s the view from the first tee, a downhill, 505-yard par four. I’d definitely need an Epic Flash Driver to carry the trees!

It wouldn’t be a visit to Madrid without indulging in one of the city’s favourite pastimes: football. First, we visited Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Defending champion Jon Rahm and fellow Spanish stars Rafa Cabrera Bello and Sergio Garcia had a bit of fun as they aimed for a target on the pitch’s centre circle before taking part in a press conference and media run. Being in a 60,000+ seater stadium when there is just a handful of people there is certainly an odd experience, but we made up for that later that day…

As we went to watch Real Madrid play Club Brugge in the Champions League. It was my first Champions League fixture and first visit to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Real Madrid went 2-0 down in the first half but rallied after the break to earn a crucial point with a late Casemiro goal, earning a 2-2 draw. I think the away fans, who travelled from Belgium, went home happier.

Back to the golf course. Club de Campo is a very special venue as it was the site of the late, great Seve Ballesteros’s 50th and final European Tour win. In 1995, he finished two strokes ahead of Ignacio Garrido and José Rivero to win his national open for the third time. There are 32 Spaniards in the field this week, with Rahm hoping to win his fifth European Tour title. If successful, he would reach the milestone of five victories in ten events fewer than Seve, who won his fifth title on his 49th start.

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