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Volvo Masters Golf Event Spain

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Club de Golf Valderrama
Sotogrande, Cadiz, Spain

The Volvo Masters is the concluding official money event of the European Tour season, the equivalent of the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour. The event's official name between 2000 and 2003 was "Volvo Masters Andalucia", but returned to its original name of "Volvo Masters" in 2005.

The Volvo Masters is one of the longest established championship in the modern era of the European Tour; dating back to 1988, the 2008 Volvo Masters is the 21st consecutive event in a long and prestigious history, the 16th to be played at what is widely considered to be the spiritual home of the event, Club de Golf Valderrama.

Traditionally the signature event of the European Tour, the end-of-season showcase brings together the top 60 players, qualifying only on merit, competing head-to-head over four days of championship golf on what is universally recognised as mainland Europe's finest golf course.

The inaugural Volvo Masters took place in October 1988 and Club de Golf Valderrama continued to be the big stage for the European Tour's top-of-the-bill championship through to 1996, when preparations began on the venue to host Europe's historic Ryder Cup victory in 1997.

Montecastillo took over the Volvo Masters mantle for a five year period, from 1997 to 2001 inclusive, but the showpiece championship, considered the most searching examination on the European Tour returned to Club de Golf Valderrama in 2002 and is contracted to take place over mainland Europe's finest course until 2007.

Such is the strength of the examination provided by the Volvo Masters that no golfer has ever successfully defended his title, and only two players, Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer and his on-course talisman Colin Montgomerie have won the coveted crown twice, in 1994 and 1993 respectively before famously sharing the title after a sudden-death play-off on the championship's return to Valderrama in 2003

Andalucia is the region of Spain in which the tournament has always been held since it began in 1988. Except for a gap from 1997 to 2001, it has always been hosted by Valderrama Golf Club. The prize money for the inaugural event was £351,690, and by 2007, this had increased to €400,000. The field consists of the top 60 leading money winners on the European Tour. Before 2007, the Volvo Masters was held one week before the Tour Championship to allow golfers who are members of both the European and PGA Tours to participate. Today, this is no longer an issue, since the PGA Tour moved the Tour Championship to mid-September starting in 2007. From 2005 an invitation will be issued to the previous winner even if he isn't in the top sixty.

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