The European Tour has announced that a new tournament, the Andalucia Masters, will join the Open de Andalucia on next year’s schedule.

The €3,000,000-event will be staged at Valderrama from October 28-31, 2010, and will be the last event of the year on The European Tour‘s home continent before the season-ending Dubai World Championship in November.

With the Open de Andalucia playing host to continental europe‘s first tournament on the 2010 schedule there will be a symbolic feel to Spain’s glorious Andalucía region next year as it signals the beginning and end of the season on mainland Europe.

A return to Valderrama, the venue that played host to the Tour’s season-ending Volvo Masters for 21 years, only enhances the appeal of the Andalucia Masters.

Felipe Ortiz-Patino, President of Club de Golf Valderrama, said: “Today is a giant step not only for Valderrama but for tourism in Andalucia. After a year of discussions and meetings, the Junta de Andalucia, The European Tour and Valderrama announce their intention to create a new event which will be one of Europe’s most important and which, over the years, could establish itself as one of the ‘not to miss’ events on The European Tour calendar.”

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