Esposito and Arizabaleta at the Spanish Open

Esposito and Arizabaleta at the Spanish Open

Golfers Hugo Espósito and Álvaro Arizabaleta will play the ACCIONA Men’s Spanish Open 2022 between October 6 and 9, which will be held at the Villa de Madrid Country Club, after obtaining the tickets for Spanish professionals that were at stake in the previous disputed last weekend at the National Golf Center.

Both Espósito and Arizabaleta have finished two high-level rounds, with 65 shots (-7) and 66 (-6) respectively, which will help them to play what will be their first tournament on the DP World Tour, the European circuit.

The first pass was achieved by Hugo Espósito, who was the best of the day, with a very high performance. Except for hole 7, he got a birdie on all between 3 and 10, making only one bogey all day, on 15.

Hugo Espósito and Álvaro Arizabaleta, statements

“I am a normal player, I have not done extraordinary things neither in my amateur career nor now that I am a professional.

Those of us who are not ‘top’ have to fight hard to have opportunities like this, and it has come to me now,” Esposito told the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG). After qualifying, a playoff playoff began to decide the other golfer who would play the ACCIONA Open de España, which ended up going to Álvaro Arizabaleta, after beating Víctor Jiménez, Sergio Parriego, Álvaro Hernández, José Luis Adarraga and David Salguero.

The Colombian-born Spaniard scored six birdies between holes 6 and 13, a streak that ended up being the basis for his victory. “I told myself that I had to go for the birdie, and I did it. I am very happy, I had not competed for four months and I was really looking forward to it”, said Arizabaleta.

Originally called the Spanish Open, it belongs to the PGA European Tour calendar, the main golf organization in Europe, since 1972,4 with the exception of 2017, in which it was not organized.3 It is one of the most in the world, and the third oldest open on the continent after the British Open and the Open de France.5 The French Arnaud Massy was the first winner of the tournament, celebrating the 72 holes played in two days at the Real Club Puerta de Hierro from Madrid.6 ​7​ Among its historic champions are players like Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio García, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo or Jon Rahm among others.

The most successful is Ángel de la Torre from Córdoba with five tournaments between 1916 and 1925. The Spanish Open, both in its women’s and men’s versions, follows the typical Stroke Play game format, that is, a course of 72 shots over 18 holes to be played four times over four days.

The tournament is governed by the rules issued by the “Royal Spanish Golf Federation” and by its own rules issued by the committee in charge of its organization. After all the players have played half of the course, two days of 36 holes, a cut is made, that is, the players who have made more than a certain number of strokes are eliminated.

The players who “pass the cut” are those with the least number of hits (those players who are tied with the player with the worst result are included). In its male version, the cut is made by 65 players + tied. In its female version, only 60 players pass it + tied.

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