Dutch quintet second chance in Catalunya, Dewi Weber still in his hometown • Golf.nl

28 – 01 DP World Tour, Championship of Catalonia, PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness, Girona, Spain. Prize Money: $2,000,000 Leader Board

28-01 LPGA, Palos Verdes Championship, Palos Verdes GC, Palos Verdes Estates, California. Prize Money: $1,500,000 Leaderboard

28 – 01 PGA Tour, Mexico Open at Vidanta, Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mexico. Prize Money: $7.3 million Leaderboard

28-01 Ladies European Tour, Women’s NSW Open, Coolangatta & Tweed Heads GC, New South Wales, Australia. Prize money: €210,000

01-28 PGA Tour Latin America, Diners Club Peru Open, Los Inkas GC, Lima, Peru. Prize Money: $175,000 Qualifying

27 – 29 Pro Golf Tour, Haugschlag N Open, Golfresort Haugschlag, Haugschlag, Austria. Prize money: €30,000 Classification

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28 – 01 DP World Tour, Championship of Catalonia, PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness, Girona, Spain. Prize Money: $2,000,000 Leader Board

The DP World Tour continues in Spain due to the cancellation of two tournaments in Asia. From the Costa Dorada, golfers have made a two-hour drive to reach the Costa Brava via Barcelona. The $2 million Catalunya Championship will be played there this week. A new and usually unique tournament, but the battlefield is certainly not for most.

The work needs little introduction

PGA Catalunya has built a great reputation in a relatively short time. In the 1990s, the 300-hectare mountainous area was planned as a Formula 1 circuit and later as a golf course for the 1997 Ryder Cup, but both projects fell through. It is now one of the best golf courses in Europe with impressive (practice) facilities. And two excellent golf courses: the Tour Course, known for Qualifying School, and the Stadium Course where tour professionals can let off steam this week. This track has been voted the best track in Spain several times in the past and has recently been further improved with an upgrade valued at €1 million.

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New chance for five

We’ve been on the road for a few months now and we can safely say that it’s not yet the year of the Dutch. As it stands now, only Wil Besseling would barely keep the card from him, so it’s time for better results. After a joint trip to Camp Nou, the atmosphere is good in any case with Joost Luiten, Wil Besseling, Daan Huizing and Lars van Meijel. Darius van Driel completes the Dutch quintet in Catalonia. The best player on the field is world number 48 Richard Bland. The starting list also includes Bernd Wiesberger, who was announced for the Dutch Open, last week’s winner Pablo Larrazábal, Guido Migliozzi and Nicolai and Rasmus Højgaard.

Television: Ziggo Sport Golf: Thursday and Friday 14:00-19:00, Saturday 14:00-18:30, Sunday 13:00-17:30

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28-01 LPGA, Palos Verdes Championship, Palos Verdes GC, Palos Verdes Estates, California. Prize Money: $1,500,000

Time for the second part of the ‘double header’ in Los Angeles. On the south side of the metropolis, near Long Beach, is the Palos Verdes Golf Club. A century ago, this course was designed by the same designers who are also responsible for, say, the Riviera Country Club, a course played by Dewi Weber on Monday in the middle. Accuracy seems to exceed length here and the track has a lot of natural obstacles. Also, the view over the ocean here must be ‘stunning’, the perfect location for the first ever Palos Verdes Championship.

for the lions

One notable name on the entry list is LPGA debutant Anna Davis. The top 16-year-old amateur, still a high school student, caused a stir earlier this month by winning the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and has been invited to this championship. She is immediately thrown to the lions, because seven of the top ten players in the world also make an appearance. And Weber, of course, who finished 21st at the LA Open and is playing a home game for the second week in a row. Anne van Dam was the 15th reserve and had to try again through the Monday Qualifier, to no avail.

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28 – 01 PGA Tour, Mexico Open at Vidanta, Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mexico. Prize money: $7.3 million

We can safely call this one less week on the PGA Tour when it comes to ‘star power.’ In recent years, the Mexican Open was played as part of the Latin American circuit, but now it is being updated. The organization has not been able to bring many toppers to Vidanta Vallarta. World number 3 Jon Rahm is one of the exceptions and the undisputed headliner. Other names to watch out for include Mexican hopefuls Abraham Ancer, Patrick Reed, Cameron Champ and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Television: Discovery+/GolfTV: Thursday and Friday 14:45-00:30, Saturday and Sunday 14:30-00:00

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28-01 Ladies European Tour, Women’s NSW Open, Coolangatta & Tweed Heads GC, New South Wales, Australia. Prize money: €210,000

Romy Meekers has followed the coastline to shore after missing the cut at the Australia Women’s Classic. Her next destination is the Women’s NSW Open, which takes place half an hour’s drive from the tourist-loving Gold Coast. Some of the golf icons who have won at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club include Gary Player, Payne Stewart and Greg Normans. The Women’s New South Wales Open has featured the likes of Lydia Ko, Dame Laura Davies and last week’s winner Meghan MacLaren (2x). There are no wrong lists to finish, we would say.

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01-28 PGA Tour Latin America, Diners Club Peru Open, Los Inkas GC, Lima, Peru. Prize Money: $175,000

With six more tournaments to play, Rowin Caron is back in full swing to ascend to the second highest level of American golf, the Korn Ferry Tour. He finished in a good second place in Brazil and climbed to 11th place in the Totalplay Cup, the annual ranking that he determines at the end of the stage. If possible, our compatriot should now try to move towards the top-5. With another good result, or even better, Caron would really be doing himself a favor in Peru.

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27 – 29 Pro Golf Tour, Haugschlag N Open, Golfresort Haugschlag, Haugschlag, Austria. Prize money: €30,000

After five tournaments in Egypt, the Pro Golf Tour finally made it to Europe, only to stay here until after the final in September. In northeastern Austria, the Netherlands is again particularly well represented with eleven delegates: Mike Toorop, Philip Bootsma, Max Albertus, Stan Kraai, Mats Markovits, Nordin van Tilburg, Aydan Verdonk, Ricardo Veldman, Michael Wedema, Peter Melching and Dario Antonisse. In order of merit, Crow (#8) and Markovits (#12) are the best so far.

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Main tournament dates

What are the dates that every golf fan should have on their calendar?

Dutch Open: May 26-29
The Open: July 14-17
Big Green Egg Open: July 14-17
Presidents Cup: September 22-25

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