European Tour Destinations are all world class golf venues offering a comprehensive range of facilities and services to their members and guests. Their identity is closely aligned to The European Tour, creating a unique partnership which ensures that all guests can enjoy the outstanding customer experience to be expected from the family of one of the game’s foremost organisations.
Our Destination portfolio comprises Championship venues in Dubai, England, Austria, France, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands which regularly host events on The European Tour International Schedule, whether main Tour, Senior Tour, Challenge Tour or Qualifying School.
DP World Tour Championship, Dubai wins MEGA awardDP World Tour Championship, Dubai wins MEGA awardThe DP World Tour Championship, Dubai has won the category for the ‘Best Professional Golf Event, Fan Experience’ at the Middle East Golf Awards (MEGAs) hosted by Sport360.
A total of 15 winners were announced at the second annual MEGAs, which were held at Jumeirah Emirates Towers and attended by more than 280 industry professionals from Dubai, the UAE and Middle East.
The Best Professional Golf Event, Fan Experience award was one of the public voting categories for events up to October 25, 2014, so the award was for the 2013 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Nick Tarratt, Director of The European Tour International – Dubai Office, said: “We are delighted to win an award at the MEGAs for the second consecutive year. To win an award which is voted for by the public is an acknowledgement of the importance of the tournament to attract spectators through the Free Ticket initiative, as well as provide entertainment for both the golfing and non-golfing fan during the tournament week. Congratulations to all the other winners on the night, as well as to Sport360 for getting the golf industry in the region together for such an occasion.”
Jumeirah Golf Estates receives top property awardsJumeirah Golf Estates receives top property awardsJumeirah Golf Estates, a European Tour Destination and host venue to The European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, continues to gather accolades as one of the Middle East’s top residential golf resorts scooping four awards at the recent International Property Awards held at Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai.
The residential community received both Best Golf Development Dubai and Best Residential Dubai and then went on to land the regional awards with both Best Golf Development Arabia and Best Residential Development Arabia at the awards ceremony attended by leading executives within the worldwide real estate industry.
His Excellency Abdulrahman Al Saleh, Chairman, Jumeirah Golf Estates stated “These awards are important and recognise the levels of excellence of facilities and lifestyle which our residents, members and visitors experience on a daily basis. We are proud of this achievement and in particular, the standing that Jumeirah Golf Estates now has on a world stage”.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates, said: “Jumeirah Golf Estates is a thriving community and these awards enforce the developments standing as the region’s leading residential golf community.
“2014 has been a pivotal year for us with large number of residents moving into their homes, the opening of our state-of-the-art clubhouse and a highly successful staging of the DP World Tour Championship, won by our Brand Ambassador, Henrik Stenson. Receiving these awards is a culmination of a major amount of commitment and dedication over the past two years from all of our team.
“Combining all of these factors, we anticipate increased demand for our growing property portfolio, especially our recently launched Redwood Park and Redwood Avenue developments. We also plan to announce a new 15th community at Jumeirah Golf Estates in early 2015 which will be a very exciting addition to the market.”
PGA Catalunya Resort to host Qualifying School Final until 2017PGA Catalunya Resort to host Qualifying School Final until 2017
PGA Catalunya Resort, a European Tour Destination situated near Barcelona, will host The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage until at least 2017 after extending its existing deal by three years.
The extended agreement means that the Costa Brava venue will have staged the Final Stage on ten occasions, having first held the event in 2008.
The most recent edition was won by Mikko Korhonen, who became the first Finn to triumph after finishing two shots clear of four-time European Tour champion Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina.
As in previous years, PGA Catalunya Resort’s two world-class layouts – the Neil Coles and Angel Gallardo co-designed Stadium and Tour courses – were used to whittle down the 156-man field to the top 25 and ties, who all received a card to compete on The 2015 European Tour International Schedule.
Julio Delgado, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage is a unique six-round tournament played over two courses, and one we are proud to host.
“During what can be a very stressful week for some, it is heartening to hear how much our courses, practice facilities and off-course amenities have always met expectations; and each year we very much look forward to welcoming the hopefuls vying for the 25 coveted European Tour cards.”
He added: “It has been a remarkable year for PGA Catalunya Resort. From hosting a momentous Open de España in May to being nominated as the Real Federación Española de Golf’s candidate venue for Spain’s Bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup, and now being selected to continue to host The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage, our reputation as a world-class golf venue goes from strength to strength.”
Mike Stewart, The European Tour’s Qualifying School Director, said: “The players competing in the Final Stage have come to expect pristine conditions and superb practice facilities at PGA Catalunya Resort, and they were certainly not disappointed this year with both courses again presented to the highest standard.
“So we had no hesitation in extending the agreement by another three years, taking us up to 2017. We would like to thank Julio Delgado and his team at the resort, who make us feel so welcome every year. They do a great job, and their efforts really are appreciated by everyone involved with the Qualifying School.”
As well as being crowned the 2015 European Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), PGA Catalunya Resort has been voted Spain’s Best Course in the inaugural World Golf Awards.
The awards were among the latest in a series of high-profile accolades for the resort, including being voted Spain’s number one golf course by Top100GolfCourses.co.uk (2012-2014), Best Golf Development in Europe (2013-2014) at the European Property Awards, and being listed among the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses by leading UK golf title, Golf World.
Spain Proudly Announces Catalunya as Candidate Venue to Host The 2022 Ryder CupSpain Proudly Announces Catalunya as Candidate Venue to Host The 2022 Ryder Cup
Real Federación Española de Golf, in partnership with Generalitat de Catalunya and other public Spanish and Catalan stakeholders, have announced their intention to bid to bring The 2022 Ryder Cup to Catalunya. PGA Catalunya Resort (Girona), recently awarded European Golf Resort of the Year 2015, is the proposed stage for golf’s biggest event between Europe and the United States.
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European Tour Properties Invitational hosted by Quinta do LagoEuropean Tour Properties Invitational hosted by Quinta do Lago
The 12th annual European Tour Properties Invitational Tournament once again produced a 'home' win when after two competitive rounds at the magnificent Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal’s Algarve the 'QDL Number 1' team secured a narrow victory.
The exclusive resort, which boasts three championship courses and world-renowned residential communities, hosted for the second time the 36-hole challenge, which has become an important business and social event for the network of world class venues that comprises European Tour Properties.
The newly revamped North Course, recently voted Europe’s Best New Course at the inaugural World Golf Awards, hosted the first round with teams from member venues Le Golf National, Host Venue for The 2018 Ryder Cup; PGA Catalunya Resort, recently voted European Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators; Golf & Country Club Fleesensee; Estonian Golf & Country Club; Kungsängen Golf Club; and of course Quinta do Lago. Completing the line-up of 12 participating teams were Fine & Country Golf, Brash Brands, European Tour Marketing and event organisers European Tour Properties.
The popular event, hosted every year but one since 2002, provides an invaluable social and business networking environment for representatives and guests from member venues and industry partners, this year including Golf Gamebook, TORO, Fine & Country Golf Real Estate, Brash Brands, Landmark Media and Golfswitch.
Golf Gamebook, the social live scoring app and fastest growing golf community, was a fantastic addition to the 2014 event. All participants were able to instantly share photos and comments with other players on the course and friends worldwide, while monitoring their competitors’ performance on a live leaderboard over the North course on day one and on day two, which was played over the beautiful Laranjal course, situated to the east of the resort in the Ludo Valley.
The successful team at the end of the two days’ competition - “QDL Team 1” – comprised Jorge Castilho, Jon Jones, Nick Bishop and Phil Moran. They won the overall trophy for the winning European Tour Destination or Course, although the team with the best overall score over two days was the European Tour Marketing team, which included guests from Landmark Media and Golf GameBook.
David MacLaren, Director of Property & Venue Development at The European Tour, said: “To have, at such a busy time of year, so many of our member venues, partners and friends share in three days of golf, business and fun is a great tribute to the strength of our network and the camaraderie and cooperation that exists. Quinta do Lago proved to be a perfect host venue and the stunning Conrad Algarve Hotel a great place to stay. The presence of multiple tournament winner and Ryder Cup player Jarmo Sandelin at our gala dinner was an additional highlight.”
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Stenson doubles up in DubaiStenson doubles up in Dubai
Sweden's Henrik Stenson set his sights on an elusive Major Championship after successfully defending a title for the first time in his career following a thrilling finish to the DP World Tour Championship.Stenson carded a closing 70 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to finish 16 under par, two shots ahead of World Number One Rory McIlroy and Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson.
Ireland's Shane Lowry finished a shot further back in fifth to move into the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 50 and all-but secure a Masters Tournament debut next April.
The victory ensured he finished second in The Race to Dubai with 4981093 points behind McIlroy, whose points tally with the bonus pool added up to 7149503 points.
It also took Stenson second in the World Ranking, but the 38 year old said: "It would be nice to have been ranked the world's best at some point, but if I had the choice I would go for a Major Championship so I am going to try and be in good shape for them next year."
Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello held a two shot lead with seven holes to play only to bogey the 12th and run up double bogeys on the 16th and 17th after finding water on both occasions.
Stenson had also found trouble on a rollercoaster back nine, hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the 11th to gift playing partner Cabrera-Bello that two-shot advantage, but a brilliant five iron tee shot on the par three 17th produced a tap-in birdie to reclaim the lead.
McIlroy and Rose had missed birdie putts on the 18th from near-identical positions, while Dubuisson had to settle for a birdie after almost holing out from a greenside bunker.
"It feels great," added Stenson, who finished in style with a birdie on the 18th. "I'm exhausted to say the least. It was hot out there and tricky on the back nine. I did not play my best and had a shocking hole on 11.
"I walked up to the tee with too much club in my hand and instead of changing I tried to cut a two-iron but hit a push, slice, shank straight into the buildings.
"That knocked me back but I did not give up. I just had to dig in there and wait for something to happen. I had a couple of close calls this year to get my win and it was not to be. It's been close but eventually you get something if you stick around and I surely did that."
McIlroy failed to take advantage of a lucky break on the 18th when his tee shot hit a rock in the creek which runs through the middle of the fairway and bounced to safety.
Rose was ultimately left to rue a slow start to the week - he was four over par after ten holes of the opening round - and his failure to pick up a shot on the 17th or 18th after a brilliant escape from the trees on the 15th had set up his third birdie in a row.
"All week I was clawing my way back, right from the start on Thursday," Rose said. "Today I did everything I needed to do early in my round and made a few poor mistakes in the middle of the round. That was where I struggled.
"But all in all, lots of positives and a good week. It's a little bit like Shanghai (the BMW Masters) where I had a good chance there as well after a poor start (four over after four holes). But at least it tells me I'm playing well and getting myself into contention. It's never easy to win every time."
Speaking about breaking into the world's top 50, Lowry said: "It was one of the goals for me playing these last four tournaments. I've been between 52 and 54 in the world for a month or so now and I felt like I have been playing the golf to have the high finish to get in there.
"I just wasn't scoring well and finishing 15th to 25th. A nice, high finish this week is going to do it for me so I'm thrilled and I can't wait till next April."
Jumeirah Golf Estates Clubhouse openedJumeirah Golf Estates Clubhouse openedSignificant milestone reached as Jumeirah Golf Estates clubhouse opened by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Another significant milestone in the continuing development of Jumeirah Golf Estates was reached today, ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, when three of the world’s greatest golfers joined HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, in officially opening the new state-of-the art clubhouse.
As the field began to assemble at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the sixth edition of the DP World Tour Championship from Thursday to Sunday, showcasing the climax of the season-long Race to Dubai on The European Tour, His Highness, Sheikh Ahmed, cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new clubhouse before meeting Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Jumeirah Golf Estates official brand ambassador, Henrik Stenson.
The VIP party also included European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady, who greeted His Highness outside the clubhouse, His Excellency Mohammed Al Shibani, Director General of His Highness Ruler’s Court and CEO of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, along with Board Members of Jumeirah Golf Estates, who have developed a strong affiliation following last year’s announcement that Jumeirag Golf Estates would become a European Tour Destination as part of the Tour’s growing network of world class golf venues.
The Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates has hosted all six championships since 2009 and only 12 months ago the facility was augmented by another ‘first’ for golf in the Gulf with the official opening of the first European Tour Performance Institute outside Europe.
Attending the clubhouse ceremony were McIlroy, World Number One and newly confirmed winner of The 2014 Race to Dubai to follow his 2012 success, and Stenson, the defending champion after his dramatic surge to victory in both the DP World Tour Championship and The Race to Dubai in 2013. Completing the group was former US Open Champion, Rose, narrowly edged out by McIlroy in the final event two years ago.
World class facilities will be the key elements of the clubhouse, as the competitors in the DP World Tour Championship and their families will discover this week when they experience the state-of-the-art locker room facilities, the notable food and beverage facilities as well as the impressive terrace overlooking the 18th green.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates said: “Jumeirah Golf Estates is already a thriving community of families and international visitors, and the opening of the clubhouse is a milestone development that cements Jumeirah Golf Estates’ status as the region’s leading residential golf community. To have His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum here just days away from the DP World Tour Championship is fantastic and a sign of exciting times ahead at our brand new clubhouse.
“Given the extensive array of recreational facilities now on offer in the heart of the community, we anticipate increased demand for our growing property portfolio. The clubhouse will become the social focal point of Jumeirah Golf Estates, bringing first class F&B outlets, events spaces and golf facilities to residents and visitors to Dubai,” concluded Kazim.
Stenson commented: “It is great to be back at Jumeirah Golf Estates to celebrate the opening of this fantastic clubhouse in time for the DP World Tour Championship - a staple tournament in my diary every year. The facilities are on a par with the world’s best, making the community a top choice for golfers, residents and visitors from around the world.”
O’Grady added: “This is the sixth successive year in which we have concluded The Race to Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates, now a European Tour Destination. Each time we return here, we never fail to be impressed by the dramatic improvements to all parts of the estate – from the Earth and Fire courses, to the academy facilities which form The European Tour Performance Institute; the road and property infrastructure and, today, the new clubhouse.
“A world class golf tournament deserves world class facilities and the state-of-the-art clubhouse, which will greatly enhance for experience for the leading professionals this week and also the Members who can enjoy the best of Jumeirah Golf Estates on a daily basis.”
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, cuts the ceremonial ribbon during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, (far right) chats with (from left to right) Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates
(L-R) HE Mohammed Al Shibani (Director General of HH Ruler’s Court and CEO of the ICD); George O'Grady (Chief Executive of The European Tour), Henrik Stenson of Sweden, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group), Justin Rose of England, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and HE Abdul Rahman Al Saleh (Chairman of Jumeirah Golf Estates) pose for a photograph during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Players and officials gather for a photograph during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates
George O'Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, (left) shakes hands with HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates
European Tour Properties shine at World Golf AwardsEuropean Tour Properties shine at World Golf Awards
European Tour Properties, the network of world class golf venues, celebrated a stellar performance at the World Golf Awards with four member venues picking up major international accolades.
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, the five-star resort in Provence, France, and venue of the European Senior Tour’s French Riviera Masters, was voted Europe’s Best Golf Hotel.
Spanish Open venue PGA Catalunya Resort, which last month was named IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year and which this week hosts The European Tour Final Qualifying Stage, was voted Spain’s Best Golf Course, while Linna Golf was named Finland’s Best Golf Course.
Meanwhile, Quinta do Lago, Portugal, which now boasts three championship golf courses, was a multiple award winner. The Algarve resort’s radically revamped North Course – designed by Beau Welling in association with 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley – won the award for Europe’s Best New Golf Course, while the South Course was recognised as Portugal’s Best Golf Course.
David MacLaren, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development, said: “European Tour Properties feature some of the most prestigious golf and lifestyle resorts in Europe and the Middle East and it is pleasing to see our member venues, which are all closely associated with The European Tour, recognised at the inaugural World Golf Awards.
“These awards are the latest in a series of successes for our network of 13 world class golf venues in 2014, a year which has seen eight member venues host European Tour sanctioned events, including this week’s DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the last of the Final Series tournaments and the climax to the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.”
David MacLaren added: “The essence of The European Tour is to bring elite golf to a world stage and so customers playing, staying or buying property at a European Tour Properties venue know their experience comes with a stamp of tournament quality.”
The inaugural World Golf Awards – part of the World Travel Awards, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary – were voted for by both golf travel industry professionals and the public. The World Golf Awards Ceremony took place at the Conrad Algarve on Saturday November 15, 2014.
Renovation at Le Golf NationalRenovation at Le Golf NationalLe Golf National is pleased to announce that its facilities will remain permanently open to welcome golfers from all over the world while the Albatros course will be closed for renovation works, starting mid-July 2015.
Once top golfers have competed to win the 99th edition of the Open de France at the beginning of July 2015, the Albatros, the well-established home to the championship since 1991 and the next European Ryder Cup course, will close for under one year in order to be upgraded to host the biggest golfing competition in the world three years later: The Ryder Cup. The works plan will focus on renovating the irrigation and drainage systems, lake edges as well as routes and paths to welcome 50,000 spectators per day.
During this period, Le Golf National, the facility of the French Golf Federation located 25 km away from Paris and just 10km from Versailles, will keep its extensive on-site facilities open: its two other courses including the Aigle, a 18-hole sister of the Albatros, the four star-hotel, three restaurants, two driving ranges and the largest chipping area in Europe spreading over 3,400m².
There are eight months left before the Ryder Cup course closes. Golfers should not wait until the reopening of the course in June 2016 to come and challenge their own golfing skills against it. Exceptional offers, both for individuals and golf business professionals, are available to let golfers cultivate their Ryder Cup experience and dreams in the Paris area. Besides all this, a new exclusive service has been launched to answer any specific requests from international golfers: Le Golf National Concierge Service.
Paul Armitage, General Manager of Le Golf National says: “Having lived the dream in Scotland, Gleneagles 2014, France and Le Golf National are humble before the tasks ahead and very eager to produce one of the greatest amphitheatres the Ryder Cup will ever see! We look forward to welcoming guests and enjoying our new golfing experiences”.
To find out more information, please visit www.le-golf-national.com
London Golf Club proves fitting venue for Match Play dramaLondon Golf Club proves fitting venue for Match Play drama
Praise has poured in for London Golf Club, the jewel in the crown of the European Tour Properties network, after it successfully hosted the 50th edition of the Volvo World Match Play Championship last week.
Having staged the European Open in 2008 and 2009, it is the third time that London Golf Club has hosted a European Tour event since the joint-venture relationship between the north Kent venue and the Tour was launched six years ago.
According to the players, officials and the tens of thousands of spectators who streamed through the gates last week, despite receiving substantial rainfall in the build-up to the €2.25million tournament, London Golf Club proved itself an outstanding host venue for the event, which was won by Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.
Ilonen, who beat World Number Five Henrik Stenson 3&1 in a high quality final, said: “Everything about the London Golf Club was top notch. It would be nice if the tournament settled somewhere, so why not there? It was the perfect venue, and everything worked great last week.
“It was challenging in the beginning because of the rain, but the guys did such a great job to get the course ready and up to speed. I have to say the greens were absolutely perfect – definitely some of the best we played on all year.”
As part of its exclusive joint venture partnership with The European Tour, London Golf Club – which boasts two championship courses in the Jack Nicklaus-designed Heritage and the International, host for the Volvo World Match Play Championship – became the first ‘Destination’ in the Tour’s network of world-class venues.
David MacLaren, Director of Property and Venue Development for The European Tour, said: “The launch in 2008 of our unique joint venture partnership with London Golf Club and the establishment of the venue as the very first European Tour Destination marked the beginning of a multi-faceted and fruitful partnership, and one of which we are immensely proud.
“We strive to offer only the finest facilities and playing conditions to our professionals and venue customers, and in all these aspects London Golf Club consistently exceeds expectations.”
Located on the south-eastern reaches of the capital and within touching distance of Canary Wharf and the city, London Golf Club recently received planning permission to expand its operations to include a five star, 130-room hotel and luxurious spa development, a nine-hole European Golf Design introductory course and a European Tour Performance Institute, with a new academy and state-of-the-art driving range – all further testament to the club’s growth since the joint venture initiative was announced.
Charles Fairweather, Chairman of London Golf Club, said: “The vision for the future of London Golf Club is a bold one, with a five star hotel, new academy golf course and the UK’s first ever European Tour Performance Institute. Future plans include additional sporting pursuits of excellence which will further enhance the club’s reputation as one of the country’s leading sports and leisure destinations, situated just 17 miles from the centre of London. Our unique joint venture partnership with The European Tour enhances these ambitious plans and our position as a leading golf destination.”
Austen Gravestock, Chief Executive of London Golf Club, said: “As the first ever European Tour Destination and host to three Senior Tour Tournaments, two European Opens and now the Volvo World Match Play Championship, London Golf Club is a brand, like our partners, that is synonymous with quality golf.
“Despite the best efforts of mother nature last week, we were still able to show the golfing world, and more importantly a stellar field of 16 world-class players, just why our courses are renowned throughout the world for their condition.”
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We would like to commend Charles Fairweather and the venue team, led by Austen Gravestock and Peter Todd, who have overseen London Golf Club’s development into one of the country’s leading facilities. With the plans they now have in place, the club’s future looks very bright indeed.
“The joint venture partnership has been extremely beneficial for both London Golf Club and The European Tour, and we were delighted that our Members were so complimentary about the venue during the Volvo World Match Play Championship. It was a tremendous tournament, thanks in no small part to the quality of the course and the hard work and determination of the club’s staff. We should congratulate everyone at the club for the contribution they made to the event.”
Golding claims French Riviera MastersGolding claims French Riviera Masters
Phil Golding carded a two under par round of 70 to claim his second European Senior Tour title at the rain-delayed French Riviera Masters at the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - a European Tour Destination - in Provence.
The Englishman had led the field by four shots after opening rounds of 64 and 67 and was still three in front after 13 holes of his final round when a fierce electric storm caused play to be halted.
The competitors returned to the course just over two hours later and Golding played his last six five in one under par to claim a four shot victory over Argentina’s Cesar Monasterio on15 under par 201.
Monasterio also carded a 70 to finish on 205 while defending champion Peter Fowler closed with a five under par 67 to share third place with Barry Lane and John Gould a single shot further behind.
Golding lost out to Paul Wesselingh in his previous start in the WINSTONgolf Senior Open in Germany but he made up for that with his third Tour victory on French soil.
“It was tough today. I got off to a poor start when I bogeyed the first and missed a few putts after that. I don’t like looking at leaderboards but I knew Barry and Cesar were doing well so it was good to get a birdie on 11.
“That settled me down a bit and when I birdied both the 13th and 14th that gave me a bit of breathing space.
“There must be something about French air I like because that‘s the third time I have won here. It’s a great feeling because it has been a year since I won the Welsh Senior Open and after a while a few doubts can creep into your mind if you aren’t careful.”
Monasterio has won already this season at the English Senior Open and he came close to duplicating that feat with rounds of 66, 69 and 70.
“I played well but Phil had a very good back nine and in the end none of us could get close to him. But it was another good week for me and another top ten finish.”
Fowler carded three birdies and an eagle on the sixth to add a 67 to his opening rounds of 68 and 71 and left for Holland delighted with his performance.
“It was a good defence of my title. In the end I have come up a couple of shots shorts but I’m pleased with the way I played.
“The weather delay came at a bad time for all of us but it’s the sort of thing that happens from time to time and you just have to get on with it. The course was definitely playable after the re-start. The fairways were very wet but there was nothing wrong with the greens. They held up very well considering the amount of rain we’ve had this afternoon.”
Gould produced his best finish since a tie for second place at the 2010 Benahavis Senior Masters.
“It’s been a while since I have made a top ten but I played well last week in Germany and just carried on from there.
“The highlight of the day was my eagle at the 12th. I hit a rescue off the tee and then hit a great little wedge from about 155 yards which sucked back in the hole. It came at a nice time because I didn’t birdie the par five 11th so it helped to keep things going.
“My goal this week was to get a top-10 finish because that secured me a place in next week’s tournament in Holland. You want to play all the events and now that I’m in Holland the plan now is to see if I can secure my card for next year.”
The round of the day came from former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam who started out in a share of 34th place after opening rounds of 74 and 70 but moved all the way up to tenth place after a superb six under par 66 that included a blistering back nine of 31.
The Welshman opened his round with a birdie on the first but he was still only one under the card until hit a rescue club into eight feet for an eagle on the 11th. The former world number one then went on to gain another shot on the 13th before finishing his round with a flourish with two more birdies on the 16th and 17th holes.
“That was much more like it today. I’ve been to see Jacques Rivet, the biomechanics gut here at the European Tour Performance Institute here at Terre Blanche, and I have been working hard for the last four days on what he told me.
“There was nothing wrong with my swing it was just the way I was standing to the ball. He told me I had too much weight right toe and my left heel. He wanted to get me the completely opposite way round with more weight on my right heel and left toe and it seems to have done the trick.
It’s something I’m going to have to work on but it means I can now look forward to next week with a bit more confidence. I have been searching and searching for something that works but maybe I have found it this time.”
Woosnam’s next competitive outing is this week in Amsterdam where he joins two other former Ryder Captains, Sam Torrance and Mark James in the field for the Dutch Senior Open.
Kaymer and Lampert compete in Solheim Cup charity line-upKaymer and Lampert compete in Solheim Cup charity line-up
US Open Champion Martin Kaymer and his fellow European Tour player Moritz Lampert joined forces with Solheim Cup captains Carin Koch and Juli Inkster for the Year 2 Go celebrations in the scenic town of Heidelburg, Germany, to mark the countdown to The 2015 Solheim Cup at European Tour Destination Golf Club St. Leon-Rot.
Commencing with the “Golden Shot” from Heidelberg’s Old Bridge and rounding off with a Charity Show Match at Golf Club St. Leon Rot featuring Kaymer, Lampert, the European Solheim Cup Captain Carin Koch and United States Captain Juli Inkster, the event’s activities looked set to raise more than €300,000 for official charities.
The golf stars were joined on the bridge by sporting legends Franz Beckenbauer and Steffi Graf, both taking aim at the water target with football and tennis ball respectively, and later the attending galleries of sponsors and children also had a go. The beautiful Heidelberg castle was the setting for the evening’s Gala Dinner and “Big Auction”, followed the next morning by a host of fundraising challenges. Lampert raised €25,000 with his first attempt at the 100-metre balloon shot.
The afternoon’s Charity Show Match over the links-style St.Leon course saw the professionals take part in a series of special shot challenges, with each raising additional funds for the charity initiative.
For further information about Golf Club St. Leon-Rot visit www.europeantourproperties.com