Valderrama Masters Joins List Of Cancelled Spanish Events.

The Valderrama Masters, and the final event on the European continent this year, looks like joining the sad list of cancelled Spanish events this year.

A Tour insider indicated the situation was also so poor that organisers had only recently payed competitors their final prize money from last year’s event won by Sergio Garcia.

Nicolas Colsaerts last player to win in Spain this year. (Photo - Eoin Clarke/

And following a change of government earlier this year in the Andalucia Providence, the promotion of international golf would seem not a priority for the coalition Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and the United Left (Izquierda Unida, IU) which itself is a coalition of regionalist, republican, green and other petty-bourgeois forces hostile to the working class, led by the Communist Party (PCE).

The previous Andalucian government had put a lot of money into the big-time tournament golf but the new government came to power looking to cut Euro 2.7 billion from its Euro 30 billion budget.

In 2011, Spain hosted seven Race to Dubai events but this year will now will have hosted just three – the Andalucian Open, Spanish Open and Volvo World Match-Play Championship.

Lost from the 2012 schedule has been the Majorca Classic, Madrid Masters, Castellon Masters and now the Andalucian Masters.

And in 2013 there is serious doubt as to whether tournament host, Miguel Angel Jimenez can keep putting his own money into the Andalucian Open while Volvo announced straight after Nicolas Colsaerts captured the Volvo World Match-Play Championship that the event is moving out of Spain.

That would leave just the Spanish Open as the only Spanish event on the 2013 Race to Dubai schedule.

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