Russian Open

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Russian Open
Tournament information
Location Moscow, Russia
Established 1993
Course(s) Skolkovo Golf Club
Par 71
Length 7,025 yards (6,424 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 1,000,000
Month played September
Final year 2015
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 Per-Ulrik Johansson (2007)
To par −23 (as above)
Final champion
England Lee Slattery
Moscow is located in Russia
Moscow
Moscow
Location in Russia

The Russian Open was a golf tournament on the European Tour. The event was established in 1993, and was first held at the Moscow Country Club in Nakhabino, just outside Krasnogorsk, Moscow Oblast, Russia.

Originally contested over the first nine holes at the Moscow Country Club as an amateur tournament while the rest of the course was still under construction, the Russian Open became Russia's first professional golf tournament in 1994. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, through its Secretary, Sir Michael Bonallack, officially recognized the tournament along with the 18-hole course opening in September 1994. It became an event on the second-tier Challenge Tour in 1996, and was added to the European Tour schedule from 2003. Between 2003 and 2005, it was an official money event on both tours, and from 2006 to 2008, it was solely an event on the European Tour calendar.

Through 2006, it was held on the same weekend in August as the PGA Championship, one of professional golf's four majors, which automatically made it a secondary event. In 2007, was held the weekend before the PGA Championship, but remained an alternate event, this time to the Bridgestone Invitational, a World Golf Championships event. In 2008, it was held the week after The Open Championship.

The 2005 prize fund of $500,000 was around a tenth of those of the leading events on the European Tour, even leaving aside the major championships and World Golf Championships. However, it was one of the richest tournaments of the season on the Challenge Tour. In 2006, when it became a European Tour only event, the prize fund doubled to $1 million, doubling again the following year, to $2 million.

The tournament was not played from 2009 to 2012 but returned in 2013 at the Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club. It moved to the Skolkovo Golf Club in 2015. Andrey Pavlov made history in 2015 when he became the first Russian to make the cut in a European Tour event. He finished 71st, last of those who made the cut.[1]

Winners[edit]

European Tour (dual-ranking with Challenge Tour from 2003–05)

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
M2M Russian Open
2015 Lee Slattery  England 269 −15 1 stroke Argentina Estanislao Goya
2014 David Horsey  England 275 −13 Playoff Republic of Ireland Damien McGrane
2013 Michael Hoey  Northern Ireland 272 −16 4 strokes France Alexandre Kaleka
England Matthew Nixon
Inteco Russian Open Golf Championship
2009–12: No tournament
2008 Mikael Lundberg (2)  Sweden 267 −21 2 strokes Spain José Manuel Lara
Russian Open Golf Championship
2007 Per-Ulrik Johansson  Sweden 265 −23 6 strokes Netherlands Robert-Jan Derksen
Imperial Collection Russian Open
2006 Alejandro Cañizares  Spain 266 −22 4 strokes Scotland David Drysdale
Cadillac Russian Open
2005 Mikael Lundberg  Sweden 273 −15 Playoff England Andrew Butterfield
BMW Russian Open
2004 Gary Emerson  England 272 −16 2 strokes Austria Markus Brier
2003 Marcus Fraser  Australia 269 −19 Playoff Austria Martin Wiegele

Challenge Tour

Year Winner Score
BMW Russian Open
2002 England Iain Pyman (2) 269 (−19)
2001 Wales Jamie Donaldson 270 (−18)
2000 Italy Marco Bernardini 269 (−19)
1999 England Iain Pyman 273 (−15)
Moscow Country Club Russian Open
1998 England Warren Bennett 270 (−18)
Sovereign Russian Open
1997 Italy Michele Reale 280 (−8)PO
1996 England Carl Watts 203 (−13)

Pre-European & Challenge Tour involvement

Year Winner Score
General Motors Russian Open
1995 United Kingdom Simon Clough[2] 294 (+6)
Phillips Russian Open
1994 United States Steve Schroeder
Russian Open
1993 Russia Konstantin Lifanov

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Coordinates: 55°41′38″N 37°22′37″E / 55.694°N 37.377°E / 55.694; 37.377