Get ready for a showdown in Spain.
An awesome army of professional golfers will be battling with irons and woods... and their battlefield will be the fairways and greens of Madrid's stunning Centro Nacional de Golf.
The second edition of the Madrid Masters begins later this week, and for many European Tour players it was a short turnaround after the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship ended in a Monday finish.
With a purse of €1.5 million, four-time European Tour champion, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, whose company promotes the event, is excited about countrymen's chances. He's he's dubbed "The Spanish Army", and with names like Sergio Garcia, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, José María Olazábal, Álvaro Quirós, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Pablo Larrazábal, one can see why.
This impressive list of players... and its many outstanding golf courses... makes Spain an awesome golf destination for tour events or recreational golf. For over a quarter of century, this sun soaked country, famous for it's bull fights and beaches has also been building a golf infrastructure and nurturing a golf culture. There are award-winning course though out Spain, so beach-loving golf travelers can enjoy the sea and the greens... from the Costa Brava to the Costa Blanca to the Costa del Sol. There are also an estimated 95,000 golfers in Madrid who'll provide an enthusiastic audience for tournaments. In addition, Spain is a candidate for 2018 Ryder Cup, an event that would undoubtedly draw a huge number of Americans... to cheer on the US team and enjoy their own awesome golf trip. Note to self: book your 2018 Spain tee times early.
Over the next week I look forward to writing more about the Madrid Masters, the