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Algarve Golf News December 2012

Sat, 1st Dec 2012
From the 12th to the 15th of October the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) held their annual conference in Vilamoura in the Algarve. Some 600 golf exhibitors and more than 100 golf journalists met to promote the sport of golf throughout the world. The Portuguese exhibited with 50 stands to promote the 36 courses to be played in the Algarve. Following this event it was important to note that most courses have wisely reduced their discount rates for a round of golf in 2013 by several Euros. This is a positive move as all courses suffered in 2012 an increase from 6% to 23% in the local Tax - we believe this attitude will greatly help to maintain their position in the very competitive marketplace. It is great pleasure that we can announce that our local Algarve golf champion Ricardo Santos has just been awarded the prestigious prize of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year. This voted award comes on top of his winning the 2012 Madeira Open, the first win by a Portuguese golfer in 20 years and he follows some famous names such as Sir Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal, Matteo Manassero, Ian Poulter and Tom Lewis.
Sat, 1st Dec 2012
Ricardo Santos - (Portugal) It is great pleasure that we can announce that our local Algarve golf champion Ricardo Santos has just been awarded the prestigious prize of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year. This voted award comes on top of his winning the 2012 Madeira Open, the first win by a Portuguese golfer in 20 years and he follows some famous names such as Sir Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal, Matteo Manassero, Ian Poulter and Tom Lewis.

Golfers in the News December 2012

Sat, 1st Dec 2012
Ian Poulter - (England) WGC - HSBC Championship China - 1st to 4th November, 2012 Golfer Ian Poulter added his 12th European Tour victory at Mission Hills when he took his win with a two stroke lead over his nearest rivals, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Scott Piercy and Ernie Els. The overnight leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood fell away to become tied for 6th place. This competitive win shows the experience gained after having participated in 274 European Tour events.
Sat, 1st Dec 2012
Matteo Manassero - (Italy) Barclays Singapore Open Singapore - 8th to 11th November, 2012 It took a play-off with Louis Oosthuizen for 19 year old Matteo Manassero to win his third European Tour event. Matteo is not only the youngest player to win the Barclays Singapore Open but also the first Italian. Thomas Bjorn had been the overnight leader but faltered on the back nine. In the playoff the two competitors had to make three attempts from the 18th hole before Louis failed to make a 30 feet putt giving the win to his young rival.
Sat, 1st Dec 2012
Henrik Stenson - (Sweden) SA Open Championships South Africa - 15th to 18th November, 2012 Henrik Stenson justly was happy with his win first after a five year gap since he won the WGC Accenture Match Play Championships in 2007. The victory was not easy gained as he was well matched by a spirited challenge at the end from George Coetzee from South Africa and his playing partner. On the 9th hole he handed his lead over to George as he his tee drive landed in the water. However, he regained his lead by making a total of nine birdies and an eagle in his penultimate round of 63 shots.
Sat, 1st Dec 2012
Miguel Angel Jimenez - (Spain) UBS Hong King Open Hong Kong - 15th to 18th November, 2012 The much liked Miguel Angel Jimenez won the UBS Hong Kong Open by one stroke from Fredrik Andersson Hed. This made him the oldest winner in European Tour history at the age of 48. In his long career he has participated in 597 European Tour events and this win has given him to-date a total of 19 wins. Obviously, it has become much more competitive for Miguel as it is now two years since his last great success - but let us hope there are more to come in the future as this is only the 166th Spanish victory in the Tour history!
Sat, 1st Dec 2012
Rory McIlroy - (Northern Ireland) DP World Tour Championships Dubai - 22nd to 25th November, 2012 The young outstanding Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy capped his remarkable 2012 season with winning one of the most important events in the European Tour calendar. Becoming the holder of the DB World Tour Championship brought his total Tour wins this year up to five. He won with a five stroke lead over his playing partner Luke Donald and World Number Two, but also coming from behind with a lead of only two strokes over Justin Rose. This seasons earnings on the golf course for Rory totals over five and a half million Euros.

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