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Quirós_ES (Agencies) Álvaro Quirós, a member of the family golfing dynasty from Guadiaro in San Roque, won the Portugal Masters tournament at Club Oceánico Victoria in Vilamoura in an epic battle that catapults him directly to the Volvo Masters to be played next week (Oct. 30th to Nov. 2nd) at Valderrama, only a few minutes’ walk from his home. He came in at 68 strokes in the last round (4 below par), which gave him an accumulated total of 19 below. This victory is astounding as Álvaro only got his European Tour card last year. Quirós also jumps from 105th on the Order of Merit leaders board to 24th.

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seve ballesteros website Severiano Ballesteros, 51, Spain’s most successful golfer ever, has announced on his website (photo) that he he has a brain tumour. Seve was rushed to Madrid’s La Paz Hospital last week after a fainting spell (see report here). Rumours about his health flourished after it was reported that he had been in the intensive care unit for three or four days. However, Ballesteros is known as a survivor, having defeated illness and setbacks on and off the golf course many times. It’s worth reading what he says on his official site. ¡Fuerza, Seve!

COUNTDOWN BEGINS

PEUGEOT_LOEWE_TOUR The ninth event of the Peugeot Loewe Golf Tour 2008 comes to Finca Cortesín in Casares next week, from Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th September. The luxury resort hosts the tour for the first time this year. Some of Spain’s best players will be present at this event, one of the last in the circuit, trying to improve their ranking for the Grand Final. A total of 132 golf pros will play three 18-hole rounds, the first two of which will mark the cut off point for the best classified 45 players. The tournament is preceded and closed by two Pro-Am events (Wednesday 3rd and Sunday 7th), that round off a week’s worth of excellent golfing.

NEW GOLF PHOTO SITE

Our friend and colleague Salvador Moreno has recently opened a new website, FotosMoreno, from which he offers his magnificent photos of polo and golf tournaments in the area and beyond. His site also contains pictures of the social events he covers throughout the year. Salva is a consumate journalist, having worked as photographer and editor for several publications, including La Revista de Sotogrande, La Bocha and Europa Sur. You can also see some of his work on JimenArte.

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Work on earth movements at Los Alcornoques Golf in San Pablo de Buceite have been stopped, apparently temporarily. The course is part of an urbanization that also includes 1400 homes and a luxury hotel in development by the Las Limas de Gaucín company owned by Irish businessman Robert Noonan. The measure affects some 40 workers, most of whom live in Jimena or San Pablo. There have also been unconfirmed reports that the developer owes the contractor payments for work already carried out.

According to a spokesman from Las Limas de Gaucín, the stoppage is owed to changes in plans and permits, and to recent heavy rains. The company says work will be renewed in one or two months, adding that “An investment of €18 million is a guarantee.” For his part, the President of the San Pablo Municipal District, Andrés Beffa, said, “The work has a schedule that must be respected. And the Partial Plan must be met.”

Robert Noonan was also the promoter of an airport at Jimena de la Frontera, a project that was rejected on environmental grounds. He was also behind a project for a Gibraltar airline, which also failed, as did a large development on the Rock, which was taken over by the colony’s government.

VOLVO HIGHLIGHTS ON VIDEO

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See the first day’s play highlights on video, here.

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scores-round-1-a.jpgscores-round-1-b.jpg The official First Round scores, as published on the European Tour webpage. Click on pictures to enlarge.