Garcia all the rage at Spanish Open
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2014 Open de Espana | Preview | 14 May 2014
The European Tour is in Spain this week for the Open de Espana (Spanish Open) at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona in Spain.
The event has a great history dating back to 1912 although it has been part of the European Tour since 1972.
Raphael Jacquelin, Francesco Molinari and Thomas Aiken are the most recent winners of the event, all three teeing it up this week.
Spain’s superstar and current world number seven Sergio Garcia has played his national open only twice since his only win in the event in 2002 and only once in the last ten years. Garcia though is playing some outstanding golf of late against considerably stronger fields than that he faces this week and he is the logical favourite.
Garcia has been remarkably consistent for a long period now his only real blemish in recent times coming with a missed cut at the Masters but there have been 3rd placed finishes either side, at last week’s Players Championship and the Houston Open.
Molinari won the event in 2012 although not at this golf course. he has though been playing well of late with a 4th place finish in China and a very impressive 6th place at last week’s Players Championship.
Gegory Bourdy has been a solid performer in this event over the years and there is little doubt about his consistency of late having not missed a cut in over a year. He was 6th at his last start in Singapore and could do well here.
Felipe Aguilar won in Singapore and importantly for his chances this week finished runner-up last year. Given those two factors he is a good chance to contend again.
Any player capable of finishing 4th at the Masters in April is capable of winning his national open. Miguel Angel Jimenez is just that and although yet to win his own national title he is perhaps very deserving. His record in this event of late is poor but with his effort at Augusta and his maiden win on the Champions Tour fresh in his memory he could do much better.
Richard Green and Wade Ormsby are the only two Australians in the field, Ormsby certainly in much better form than Green at present.