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Canaries de Open European Tour Analysis and Picks
This week sees the European Tour move to Spain for the Canarias Open de Espana.This is an event that is rich in tradition having started in 1912.It is now the 5th oldest national Open Championship in Europe.A moderate strength field has gathered this week, including Marcel Siem, Joakim Haeggman and Greg Owen.Defending Champion Kenneth Ferrie is aiming to become the first player to successfully defend the title since Max Faulkner in 1952-53.Ferrie won this event last year after enduring a three-man play-off with Hedblom and Peter Lawrie.
Fuerteventura Golf Club is being used for the first time in tournament play this week.It is an 18 hole, par 70 course that measures 6,638 yards and has only 2 par 5's.The course is built with a mild descent from the Clubhouse Hotel towards the sea, with the ground surrounding holes 17 and 18 is the steepest.The course is simple and beautiful with it's main difficulties being the breeze and its many lakes, connected by small brooks and channels, which can sometimes come into the game.The dominating breeze comes from the north, and when it blows strongly, it converts the course into a real challenge.The course was designed by the prestigious architect Juan Catarimeau, who designed and landscaped the course around the prevailing wind.For this reason we find extensive greens, on average more than 614 sq. m., and fairways of up to 50 metres wide.The course has many trees, but not on the fairways.As this is the first event ever held at this course, very little is known about what characteristics a player must possess to perform well here.For this reason we suggest punters tread warily this week.
* Neil Coles in 1973 is the only player to have ever won this event wire-to-wire.
* Last year's event was played on a very easy track, which saw a European Tour record cut-line of six under.Expect this course to be set up a little tougher, and it is unlikely the winner will need 22 under to win here this time.
2003 - Kenneth Ferrie, 2002 - Sergio Garcia, 2001 - Robert Karlsson, 2000 - Brian Davis, 1999 - Jarmo Sandelin, 1998 - Thomas Bjorn, 1997 - Mark James, 1996 - Padraig Harrington, 1995 - Seve Ballesteros, 1994 - Colin Montgomerie, 1993 - Joakim Haeggman, 1992 - Andrew Sherborne, 1991 - Eduardo Romero.
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