In 1972, the Catalan course was the starting point for the European Tour, now called the DP World Tour, with the Spanish Open won by Antonio Garrido from Madrid. It will close the national circuit during the 50th anniversary of the PGA Spain Golf Tour 2022, from November 24 to 26.
The Professional Golfers’ Association of Spain and Golf de Pals, a partner of the Golfy Network, share a parallel history, as in 2022 they both celebrate the 50th anniversary of two historic milestones. The PGA, the oldest sportsmen’s association in Spain, is celebrating 50 years of life since its foundation in April 1972; and the Pals course is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European Golf Tour, the second most important golf circuit in the world, which began on its greens with the Spanish Open, opening the first tournament of the first European Tour, and won by Antonio Garrido from Madrid.
Both have come together to celebrate this half-century with the celebration of the PGA Grand Final of the 50th anniversary of the Spain Golf Tour, the national circuit which this year has included nine tournaments spread over some of the best courses on the peninsula, and which will be played from 24 to 26 November. But before that, the traditional Pro-Am will be played, which is the highlight of each event.
The forty best national golfers in the 2022 Order of Merit, updated after the celebration of the RFEG’s Spanish Championship for Men’s Professionals at Golf Calatayud, will compete to decide who will be the Spanish number one.
Currently, the Basque Asier Aguirre, winner of the biggest play-off on the national circuit in Meaztegi, is leading the ranking over David Salgado from Madrid, who despite winning the Ciudad Real Match-Play and the XXXIV Spanish PGA Championship in La Faisanera, has not been able to score any points at the RFEG Spanish Championship.
Dani Berná, third in the national rankings, is also a serious contender for the title of Spanish number one. The player from Soria won the 2nd Professional Championship of Castilla y León, which was held at his second home, Entrepinos Golf Club, which allowed him to make a significant jump in the ranking.
The work from week to week, playing seven of the eight tournaments so far and scoring points in all of them, is what has allowed Madrid’s Jacobo Pastor to occupy fourth place in the order of merit: he is far from the leader Aguirre but continues to climb up the rankings.
Alex Esmatges, who is defending the first place he achieved last season, is fifth and far from the top three. Other important names in Pals include senior Carlos Balmaseda (8th), who starts his adventure in the American Champions Tour school this week; Borja Martin, Jose Maria Olazabal’s advanced student, who is seventh in the table for his debut on the national tour; José Luis Adarraga, Vicente Blázquez, Juan Salama or Álvaro Velasco, who is returning to a scene that is not unfamiliar to him and where he has experienced moments of glory on the European Tour with Seve Ballesteros, Olazábal and who was number one in the European Challenge Tour ranking in 2010.
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