Trophée Lancôme

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Trophée Lancôme
Tournament information
Location France
Established 1970
Course(s) Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Final year 2003
Tournament record score
Aggregate 263 Vijay Singh (1994)
To par −24 Ian Woosnam (1987)
Final champion
South Africa Retief Goosen

The Trophée Lancôme was a professional golf tournament which was staged in France from 1970 to 2003.

Gaëtan Mourgue D'Algue, a French golf enthusiast from Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, hoped to popularize the then little-known sport of Golf in France during the early 1960s. With Dominique Motte, he suggested the creation of a new championship trophy to Pierre Menet, the chairman of the Lancôme Company. Their goal was originally to bring together eight of the best players in the world. They started by hosting the Canada Cup at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche in 1963, establishing the village's prominence in the international golf tournament circuit.

In 1970, the tournament was expanded to 54 holes, and recast as the "Trophée Lancôme", named after Menet's company. It began as an unofficial event, in that it was not part of a tour schedule, but it was backed by the Fédération Française de Golf and by preeminent sports agent Mark McCormack who arranged for some of the world's top players to participate. The 1970 and 1971 the tournament was played over three rounds (54 holes), but starting in 1972 it was played over the standard length for professional tournaments of four rounds (72 holes).

From 1982 onwards it was an official money event on the European Tour. Most of the winners in the tournament's first decade were American but from the early 1980s it was dominated by European Tour players. In 1986 Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros were declared joint winners as they were level after four playoff holes when darkness fell.

The tournament ceased operation after 2003. On the other hand, in the first few years of the 21st century, the Fédération Française de Golf made a concerted attempt to boost the profile of the Open de France, with prize money increasing five-fold between 1999 and 2006.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Score
2003 Retief Goosen  South Africa 266 (−18)
2002 Alex Čejka  Germany 272 (−12)
2001 Sergio García  Spain 266 (−18)
2000 Retief Goosen  South Africa 271 (−13)
1999 Pierre Fulke  Sweden 270 (−14)
1998 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 273 (−11)
1997 Mark O'Meara  United States 271 (−13)
1996 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 268 (−12)
1995 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 269 (−11)
1994 Vijay Singh  Fiji 263 (−17)
1993 Ian Woosnam  Wales 267 (−13)
1992 Mark Roe  England 267 (−13)
1991 Frank Nobilo  New Zealand 267 (−13)
1990 José María Olazábal  Spain 269 (−11)
1989 Eduardo Romero  Argentina 266 (−22)
1988 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 269 (−15)
1987 Ian Woosnam  Wales 264 (−24)
1986 Seve Ballesteros
Bernhard Langer
 Spain
 West Germany
274 (−14)Tie
1985 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 275 (−13)PO
1984 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 278 (−10)PO
1983 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 269 (−19)
1982 David Graham  Australia 276 (−12)
1981 David Graham  Australia 280 (−8)
1980 Lee Trevino  United States 281 (−7)
1979 Johnny Miller  United States 273 (−15)PO
1978 Lee Trevino  United States 283 (−5)
1977 Graham Marsh  Australia 273 (−15)
1976 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 283 (−5)
1975 Gary Player  South Africa
1974 Billy Casper  United States
1973 Johnny Miller  United States
1972 Tommy Aaron  United States
1971 Arnold Palmer  United States
1970 Tony Jacklin  England

PO – won following playoff

Multiple winners[edit]

  • 4 wins: Seve Ballesteros (including one shared)
  • 2 wins: Retief Goosen, David Graham, Lee Trevino, Ian Woosnam

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