The European Tour wraps up its three week Canary Islands swing this week. Here is all you need to know about the inaugural Canary Islands Championship, which sees the circuit remain at the same venue in Tenerife.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Inaugural event.
COURSE: The players will be familiar with Jose Gancedo’s Golf Costa Adeje after competing across the layout last week in the Tenerife Open.
Interestingly, the Tour’s website lists the course to play almost 40 metres shorter this week despite the low scoring. The black volcanic sand found in parts of the course, terraced fairways and stunning water views set to be among the focuses of the coverage again.
PRIZEMONEY: EUR 1,500,000.
PLAYERS TO WATCH …
Scott Hend will no doubt have been pretty satisfied with a share of eighth place last week, but amazingly the Queenslander was nine shots behind the winner.
If not for an even par third round of 71, the veteran Aussie might have more than doubled his earnings for the week, and more importantly been in the hunt for another trophy on Sunday.
But there was plenty of positives for Hend, and an experienced player like him will have learnt a great deal that should help him play well again this week.
A closing 62 and opening 63 for South African Dean Burmester here last week were part of an extremely impressive 25-under-par performance and five shot win, and it is hard to imagine he won’t be in the mix again.
RIGHT: Last week’s winner Dean Burmester can’t be discounted on the same venue after going extremely low. PHOTO: Warren Little/Getty Images.
Burmester remains among the longest players on the European Tour, and he showed no signs of his occasionally shaky putting last week on the way to collecting a second win on the circuit. The added confidence of a win and sharp all round game should have him ready to go again, but back-to-back wins is a big ask, even at the same course.
AUSTRALIANS IN THE FIELD: Maverick Antcliff, Austin Bautista, Scott Hend and Jake McLeod.
Round 1: Thursday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 11pm – 4am)
Round 2: Friday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 8pm – 1am)
Round 3: Saturday (Fox Sports 505 LIVE 10:30pm – 2am)
Round 4: Sunday (Fox Sports 511 LIVE 9pm – 2am)
*AEST, check local guides