Padraig Harrington’s memorable triumph in The 136th Open Championship at Carnoustie and Angel Cabrera’s stunning victory in the US Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club are two of the many highlights in the 20th Anniversary Edition of The European Tour Yearbook (RRP £25.00) which is now on sale.
The 2008 Yearbook captures all the excitement and emotion of a momentous and historic year as well as celebrating the phenomenal growth of the Tour since 1988. As well as Harrington and Cabrera’s achievements – the first time in history this double Major Championship success has been accomplished in the same summer by two European Tour Members – there is Justin Rose’s triumph in winning the season-ending Volvo Masters which helped him secure the Harry Vardon Trophy as European Number One for the first time.
Rose became the seventh multiple winner on The 2007 European Tour International Schedule – following Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Mikko Ilonen, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods. All their victories are chronicled within the 352 pages which feature entertaining essays by leading golf correspondents, their words lavishly illustrated by superb photography by Getty Images.
Also featured are chapters outlining a record breaking season on the European Seniors Tour for England’s Carl Mason, how Frenchman Michael Lorenzo-Vera emerged as the Number One on the 2007 Challenge Tour Rankings and who won the season’s Golfer of the Month and Shot of the Month Awards.
Looking ahead to the 2008 season, there is a chapter devoted to The Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, featuring an in-depth look at the history of the Louisville venue, a guide to the golf course itself, and profiles of the men who will captain Europe and the United States respectively; Nick Faldo and Paul Azinger.
The future of The Tour is not overlooked and George O’Grady’s Introduction includes details of ‘The Race to Dubai’ and all the details announced at the historic press conference of 19th November.
Executive Editor of the Yearbook is Mitchell Platts, the former golf correspondent of The Times, who is the Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations at The European Tour.