National victories in three professional tournaments: Jon Rahm won the Zurich Classic, while Jorge Campillo and Nuria Iturrios won the Hassan II and the Lalla Meryem Cup, both of the European circuit
On the other side of the phone and in full electoral hangover a British journalist asked about the secret of the success of Spanish golf: Jon Rahm, Jorge Campillo and Nuria Iturrios just emerged victorious on a Sunday April 28 already marked for the history of Spanish golf. Never before three Spaniards had managed to triumph in three of the most demanding professional circuits in the same week. "I would dare to say that except the United States this has never been achieved by another country," he says proudly.Nacho Gervs, sports technical director of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.
It is not easy to give an answer to the British reporter, even taking into account that Spain does not reach the 270,000 golf players (around 0.5% of the population). However, and despite these minority figures, golf lives an enviable moment of splendor. Neither the Molinari effect in Italy nor the Ryder de Pars have brought about similar successes and even some foreign federations come to study the Spanish model. The three victories on Sunday are a reflection of the good moment: in what we have been in 2019 we will have played about 50 tournaments in the main professional circuits and Spanish golf adds 34 positions among the top 10. Only four victories have come this year, but every week of competition there is always a Spaniard prowling the win.
With his triumph in the Zurich Classic along with the American Ryan Palmer,Jon Rahmhe has accumulated seven victories in the world in three years as a professional and in 2019 he is the player who has finished more times in the top 10 (eight times).Carlota Ciganda, on the other hand, is the first Spaniard who has managed to enter the top-ten of the world ranking;Sergio Garcawas second this week behind Rahm, and next toRafa Cabrera-Bello,Jorge CampilloorAdrin Otaeguithey are inside the Top-100 of the world.
But it is even more surprising than other names likeNacho Elvira,Adri Arnaus,lvaro QuirsorPablo LarrazbalThey come with strength behind and have also fought for the win this season. Of the 15 Spanish players who have a card to play most tournaments on the European Tour, up to six different names have fought for victories this season. Something similar happens in girls: ganNuria Iturriosin Morocco, butLuna Sobrn,Noem JimnezorSilvia Banthey also stand out in Europe. Meanwhile, Carlota Ciganda andAzahara Muozdazzle in the demanding American Women's Circuit and point to the Solheim Cup.
"It is, undoubtedly, a set of factors: the work and coordination with the children between the clubs, Territorial Federations and National Federation is key in the whole process, it is all very well intertwined, at the moment that a child of 8 years appears that plays well, immediately is competing and enters the gear going through the different phases, "says Nacho Gervs. This joint work, together with the "calendar of amateur competitions and the improvement of professional teaching are key to all this success". "In addition, we have been lucky that every 10 years an important figure has emerged and we have taken advantage of that inertia very well," Nacho concludes, not without saying that the future is assured: "Right now everything is working, and our job is to this does not go away, right now there is a group of guys with a lot of golf, the future is in good hands. "
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