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CONSPIRACY theory?

5 Dec

Uhh, but what about that other one, the World thingy?

Felipe Ortiz, Luciano Alonso and Keith Waters (Photo: Juan José Úbeda)

Best Friends For(now): Felipe Ortiz-Patiño, Luciano Alonso and Keith Waters (Photo: Juan José Úbeda)

By PEDRO BOLICHERO

MAYBE IT WAS the winter chill drifting across the peninsular, causing temporary memory loss. Perhaps it was a simple oversight by an inattentive press secretary? Or, more likely, it was a deliberately and carefully calculated way of saying, “Toma ya! (loosely translated as “Up yours!”). […]

PATIENCE a worldly VIRTUE

1 Nov

Fisher triumphs in Volvo World Match at Finca Cortesín

By PEDRO BOLICHERO

90785178RM090_Volvo_World_MHE WAS DUBBED “The English Patient” by the Spanish press. Inscrutably focused, betraying hardly any emotion as he strode purposefully around the Finca Cortesín course, ranked 10th of the 16 players in the starting field of the Volvo World Match Play Championship, Ross Fisher beat Camilo Villegas on the first day, then lost to Lee Westwood and defeated Jeev Milkha Singh on the second day to top Group D and gain a semi-final place against reigning US Masters champion Angel Cabrera. […]

OKAY, we wuz WRONG!

30 Oct

Robert Allenby tees off watched by Angel Cabrera

Robert Allenby tees off watched by Angel Cabrera

Worlds away at Finca Cortesin

By PEDRO BOLICHERO

I HAVE TO ADMIT I was sceptical. In the lead up to the Volvo World Match Play Championship I (and other bar-room experts consulted over a bottle of Ribera del Duero) had doubts about how strong the field would be.

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AWESOME Azahara

23 Oct

Stunning victory in first pro event – and second!

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(Photo: Fernando Herranz)

GENERALLY CONSIDERED to be the best women’s golfer in the history of Spanish golf, 22-year-old Málaga golfer Azahara Muñoz was preparing to compete in the Ladies European Tour qualifying school late in 2009 after turning pro in September.

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NEW ERA at Valderrama

1 Jul

Generational change as founder hands over to son

(Reprinted courtesy of Andalucía Golf – July 2005; andaluciagolf.com)

AT 75, and after an eventful and exciting era, Jaime Ortiz Patiño has decided it’s time to hand over presidential responsibility for Valderrama Golf Club to his son Felipe – a 41-year-old lawyer with extensive experience in the world of business and golf. […]

1997 REVISITED

1 Jan

The inside story behind Valderrama’s Ryder Cup bid

(Published in The Reporter 1995)

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VALDERRAMA FOUNDER Jaime Ortiz-Patiño has given a fascinating insight into some of the background to the club’s ultimately successful bid to host the 1997 Ryder Cup.

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The VALDERRAMA Story

1 Oct

European Tour grand finale prelude to Ryder Cup

(Published in The Reporter October 1994)

By ROD NEAL

IT WAS THE EVE of the inaugural Volvo Masters and Jaime Ortiz-Patiño was reflecting on the preceding three years. Early in 1985, not long after he and seven fellow golfers, all friends, had formed a Panamanian company, Valderrama Investments, to buy the former Las Aves (or “Sotogrande New”) golf course, he revealed that the club would host a major competition “with pleasure” if asked by the Spanish Golf Federation. […]