Volvo Masters

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Volvo Masters
Tournament information
Location Sotogrande, Spain
Established 1988
Course(s) Valderrama Golf Club
Par 71
Length 6,952 yards
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 4,000,000
Month played October
Final year 2008
Tournament record score
Aggregate 269 M Á Jiménez (1999)
To par −19 (as above)
Final champion
Denmark Søren Kjeldsen

The Volvo Masters was the concluding official money event of the European Tour season until 2009, when it was replaced by the Dubai World Championship. The event was founded in 1988 and, except for a five-year period between 1997 and 2001, was always held at Valderrama Golf Club in Andalusia, Spain.

The tournament reverted to its original name of "Volvo Masters" in 2005, having been known as the "Volvo Masters Andalucia" between 2000 and 2003 for sponsorship reasons. The prize money for the inaugural event was £351,690, and by 2008, this had increased to over €4 million, making it one of the richest events on the tour. The field consists of the top 60 leading money winners on the European Tour, and from 2005, an invitation has also been issued to the previous years winner regardless of their standing on the money list.

Prior to 2007, the Volvo Masters was held one week before the Tour Championship to allow golfers who are members of both the European and PGA Tours to participate, but this changed after the PGA Tour rescheduled their event to mid-September.

Following a one year absence from the calendar, Valderama returned to the European Tour schedule in 2010 with the Andalucía Valderrama Masters under the sponsorship of Turismo Andaluz (Andalucia Government Tourism Organization).[1]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Score
Volvo Masters
2008 Søren Kjeldsen  Denmark 276 (−8)
2007 Justin Rose  England 283 (−1)PO
2006 Jeev Milkha Singh  India 282 (−2)
2005 Paul McGinley  Ireland 274 (−10)
Volvo Masters Andalucia
2004 Ian Poulter  England 277 (−7)PO
2003 Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 276 (−12)PO
2002* Bernhard Langer
Colin Montgomerie
 Germany
 Scotland
281 (−3)PO
2001** Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 204 (−12)
Volvo Masters
2000 Pierre Fulke  Sweden 272 (−16)
1999 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 269 (−19)
1998 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 271 (−17)
1997** Lee Westwood  England 200 (−16)
1996 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe 276 (−8)
1995 Alex Čejka  Germany 282 (−2)
1994 Bernhard Langer  Germany 276 (−8)
1993 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 274 (−10)
1992 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 287 (+3)PO
1991 Rodger Davis  Australia 280 (−4)
1990 Mike Harwood  Australia 286 (+2)
1989 Ronan Rafferty  Northern Ireland 282 (−6)
1988 Nick Faldo  England 284 (−4)

* – In 2002, Langer and Montgomerie were level after two holes of a play-off when darkness fell, and agreed to share the title.
** – The 1997 and 2001 tournaments were cut to just three rounds due adverse weather.

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