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Golf Australia Express : Issue 27
March 15-18 March 15-18 What’s happening on the European Tour this week PEEK THETHE THEEUROPEAN Tour heads to Spain for the sixth staging of the Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol. (Try saying that three times fast.) It returns to picturesque Aloha Golf Club—the scene of Lee Westwood and Thomas Levet wins in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Designed by one of Spain’s most renowned golf course architects, Javier Arana, the course guarantees players a stern test. They must navigate tight fairways and tricky greens with Aloha demanding accurate shot making and strategic approach play. Last year, Paul Lawrie collected his first win on Tour in nine years after shooting three rounds in the 60s to win by a shot. This year the former British Open champ is joined by fellow major winners Mike Weir, Jose Maria Olazabal, Michael Campbell and Rich Beem. OTG Aloha Golf Club, Andalucia, Spain Purse: €1,000,000 Defending Champ: Paul Lawrie (SCO) THE EVENT THE DEFENDER SCOTLAND’S PAUL Lawrie returns to defend his 2011 Andalucia Open title which saw him overcome a pretty strong field in the wake of European golf legend Seve Ballesteros’ death. Lawrie, the 1999 British Open winner has proven he can be a giant killer over the years, and with seven European Tour titles under his belt, the 43-year-old from Aberdeen could surprise the field this week. He’s already won once in 2012, comfortably beating Jason Day and Peter Hanson to win the Qatar Masters last month. He’s not yet past his best.