Spanish Real Club Valderrama’s will return to the limelight from October 18-
Great memories for Sergio Garcia
Sergio García is a big Valderrama fan, but the 17th had not been particularly kind to him in the past until last year, when it became his best ally as it yielded three consecutive birdies. The spanish home hero birdied Valderrama’s signature hole, 'the 17th' on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last year -
The natural amphitheatre of Spanish Real Club Valderrama’s 17th green will return to the spotlight at the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio García Foundation, under the sponsorship of the Council of Tourism and Sport of the Junta de Andalucía.
Valderrama’s iconic par five 17th – originally the 8th, a rather nondescript hole of the former Las Aves layout – was first transformed by Robert Trent Jones and later redesigned by Seve Ballesteros into the feature hole of the final stretch, a spectacular amphitheatre capable of accommodating 7000 spectators.
Its challenging green, framed by bougainvillea studded gabion walls, has been the scene of unforgettable moments of glory and drama throughout Valderrama’s rich competitive history. This is a hole that lures the many but rewards the few.
Jiménez and McDowell shined in Valderrama:
The first to tame the 17th was Miguel Ángel Jiménez during the second round of the 1994 Volvo Masters.
“I had 202 yards to the front and 212 to the pin. I hit a three-
Fourteen years later, Graeme McDowell faced a similar shot. This time G-
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