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The GREAT CRISIS of Spanish Golf


It wasn’t too long ago that Pablo Larrazábal won the BMW in Munich (a little more than three months ago). And even less time ago that Sergio wound up sixth in the Open Championship and just four weeks since Eduardo de la Riva lost the KLM by just one shot.

Additionally, in the last five months (not even), Sergio played a tiebreaker for the win at THE PLAYERS, Jiménez was second in the Open de España, where Campillo and Lara finished seventh, Miguel repeated second place at Wentworth, no more no less, where Alejandro Cañizares was tenth, Rafa Cabrera Bello came close to the win in Ireland (4º) and finished in fifth in France, a high caliber tournament, Sergio was 6º in Switzerland, Pablo Martín ended up 4º in Russia…Not to mention the ‘hat trick’ of victories sought out by Nacho Elvira in the Challenge Tour in August.

Time flies and the memory is terribly short. Much more so in Spain, where it seems that only the victories count, and if possible in the most important tournaments. We’re just that catty, starting from the top. That’s why, despite the statistics, it’s possible that you, and I alike, could feel that Spanish golf has come to somewhat of a standstill. In reality, it’s just about getting outside the situation a bit to get a bigger perspective, without pretenses either: this hasn’t been the season fans and journalists dream of, there have been much better seasons, but there’s room to work with and something to grab onto.