Forget the Player's Championship! It's a busy week on the European PGA Tour
Ok, so a lot of eyes will be on Jacksonville, Fla., for the PGA Tour’s 2007 Players Champsionship this week.
That’s too bad, because we finally have a full week scheduled on the European PGA Tour.
The Challenge Tour is in Seith, France for the A.G.F. Allianz Golf Open de Toulouse. This will mark a comeback of sorts for England’s John E Morgan. You might remember that this is the guy who managed to earn his place on the 2003 European Tour (after winning the 2002 Challenge Tour Championship), but instead opted to go to PGA Tour Q-school instead. He won a place on golf’s most coveted tour, and actually contended in some tournaments - making friends with Tiger, Vijay and others along the way. But he suffered a series of serious seizures, with one episode in 2005 leaving him with a broken sternum and cracked ribs, and a more recent episode this past winter that put him back out of commission.
The Seniors Tour stops in Belek, Turkey for the Gloria Classic. The player to watch there is England’s Gordon J. Brand, a former Ryder Cupper, who has won the last two Seniors events (and three of the last four). If he wins this week in Turkey, he would join Tommy Horton as the only player to win three times in a row on the circuit.
The European Tour is back in Spain this week (the Open de Espana was only a few weeks ago), this time for the Valle Romano Open de Andalucia.
Local favorite Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño is the player to watch, coming off his win last week in Milan at the Telecom Italia Open. Fernandez-Castaño took that title home after prevailing in a sudden-death playoff against Austrian Markus Brier.
The Spaniard must be feeling confident, right?
“Every time I have won a tournament, the following week I have played terribly, so I would keep your money in your pocket,” Fernandez-Castaño told Europeantour.com “Seriously though, it is a tremendous boost for me going into what will be a big week for myself and my family both on and off the course. I have been working hard on my swing with my coaches over the winter and in recent months and I am delighted it has all come to fruition.”
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