Open de Andalucía

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This article is about the current European Tour golf tournament, founded in 2007. For the former European Tour event, that was titled as the Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia between 1992 and 1995, and again in 1999, see Turespana Masters.
Open de Andalucia
Tournament information
Location Andalusia, Spain
Established 2007
Course(s) Aloha Golf Club
Par 72
Length 6,881 yards (6,292 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 1,000,000
Final year 2012
Tournament record score
Aggregate 263 Louis Oosthuizen (2010)
To par −20 Lee Westwood (2007)
Final champion
France Julien Quesne

The Open de Andalucia was a European Tour men's professional golf tournament which was played from 2007 to 2012. The event was held in the Andalusia region of Spain.

History[edit]

Between 1992 and 1995, and again in 1999, former European Tour event, the Turespana Masters, was held in the Andalusia region and titled as the Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia, with winners including future major champion and World Number 1 Vijay Singh, and local favourite Miguel Ángel Jiménez.

This incarnation of the Open de Andalucia owes its origins indirectly to the PGA Tour's decision to reschedule The Players Championship from March to May. In response, the European Tour decided to move the British Masters, which is one of its higher profile tournaments, from that same week in May to a September slot when more top players would be available. The Valle Romano Open de Andalucia was created to fill the gap in the schedule this move created. It has been promoted by the personal companies of the Spanish European Tour members Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño.

The first two events were staged at the Aloha Golf Club near Marbella, before the tournament was moved to the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla near Seville for the 2009 season at the request of sponsors.

At the 2009 Open de Andalucia, European Ryder Cup veteran Colin Montgomerie became the 18th player to reach the 500 appearance mark on the European Tour. He started the tournament impressively with a five under par 67, for a share of second place after the first round.[1] His challenge faded however, and he finished tied for 31st place at level-par, 14 strokes behind the winner, Søren Kjeldsen of Denmark. Kjeldsen had broken the course record with a 10-under-par 62 on Saturday to move into the lead, and a level-par final round of 72 on Sunday was enough to see off the challenge of Scot David Drysdale by three strokes.[2]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin Runner(s)-up
Open de Andalucía de Costa del Sol
2012 Julien Quesne  France Aloha Golf Club 271 −17 2 strokes Italy Matteo Manassero
Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines
2011 Paul Lawrie  Scotland Parador de Málaga Golf 268 −12 1 stroke Sweden Johan Edfors
Open de Andalucia de Golf
2010 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa Parador de Málaga Golf 263 −17 3 strokes England Richard Finch
Scotland Peter Whiteford
Open de Andalucía
2009 Søren Kjeldsen  Denmark Real Club de Golf de Sevilla 274 −14 3 strokes Scotland David Drysdale
MAPFRE Open de Andalucía by Valle Romano
2008 Thomas Levet  France Aloha Golf Club 272 −16 Playoff (1 hole) England Oliver Fisher
Valle Romano Open de Andalucia
2007 Lee Westwood  England Aloha Golf Club 268 −20 2 strokes Sweden Fredrik Andersson Hed
England Phillip Archer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Montgomerie shines in 500th event". BBC Sport. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Kjeldsen holds on for Seville win". BBC Sport. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 

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