Open de France

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Open de France
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Trophy presentation at the 2013 Open de France
Tournament information
Location Paris, France
Established 1906
Course(s) Le Golf National
Par 71
Length 7,331 yards (6,703 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 3,000,000
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Lu Liang-Huan (1971)
Current champion
Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
Le Golf National is located in France
Le Golf National
Le Golf National
Location in France

The Open de France is a European Tour golf tournament. Inaugurated in 1906 it is the oldest national open in Continental Europe and has been part of the European Tour's schedule since the tour's inception in 1972. 2016 will be the 100th edition of the event.

Originally played at La Boulie, the tournament has been hosted by many different venues, but since 1991, it has been held at the Le Golf National near Paris every year except for 1999 and 2001.

Since the turn of the Millennium the Fédération Française de Golf has made a concerted effort to enhance the stature of the event. One of these measures included the dropping of title sponsorship from 2003. In 2004 qualifying tournaments were introduced on the model of those for The Open Championship and the U.S. Open and are open to professionals and amateurs. The prize fund rose from €865,000 in 1999 to €4 million from 2006 to 2009, putting the Open de France in the top group of European Tour events (excluding the majors and the World Golf Championships, which are co-sanctioned by the U.S. based PGA Tour). The prize fund in 2015 was €3 million and will be €3.5 million in 2016.

Venues[edit]

Venue Location First Last Times
Racing Club de France La Boulie Versailles 1906 1986 20
Golf de Chantilly Chantilly, Oise 1913 1990 11
Golf du Touquet Le Touquet 1914 1977 6
Golf de Dieppe Pourville Dieppe 1924 1933 3
Golf de Saint-Cloud Saint-Cloud 1926 1987 13
Golf de Saint-Germain Saint-Germain-en-Laye 1927 1985 9
Golf de Fourqueux Fourqueux 1929 1938 2
Golf Barrière de Deauville Deauville 1931 1956 2
Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche 1965 1982 3
Golf de Chantaco Saint-Jean-de-Luz 1970 1970 1
Golf de Biarritz-Le Phare Biarritz 1971 1971 1 (+2)
Golf de la Nivelle Saint-Jean-de-Luz 1972 1972 1 (+1)
Golf de la Baule La Baule-Escoublac 1978 1978 1
Golf Club de Lyon Lyon 1979 2001 2
Le Golf National Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines 1991 2016 24
Golf du Médoc Le Pian-Médoc 1999 1999 1

From 1970 to 1973 the first two rounds were played on two different courses, everyone playing one round on each course. After the cut, one of the courses was then used for the final two rounds. In 1970 Chantaco and Biarritz-Le Phare were used, with the final two rounds played at Chantaco. In 1971 La Nivelle and Biarritz-Le Phare were used, with the final two rounds played at Biarritz-Le Phare. In 1972 La Nivelle and Biarritz-Le Phare were used, with the final two rounds played at La Nivelle. In 1973, two courses at La Boulie were used, La Foret and La Vallee, with the final two rounds played on La Vallee.

Winners[edit]

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Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Open de France
2016 Thongchai Jaidee  Thailand Le Golf National 273 (−11) 4 strokes Italy Francesco Molinari
Alstom Open de France
2015 Bernd Wiesberger  Austria Le Golf National 271 (−13) 3 strokes England James Morrison
2014 Graeme McDowell (2)  Northern Ireland Le Golf National 279 (−5) 1 stroke Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
United States Kevin Stadler
2013 Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland Le Golf National 275 (−9) 4 strokes South Africa Richard Sterne
2012 Marcel Siem  Germany Le Golf National 276 (−8) 1 stroke Italy Francesco Molinari
2011 Thomas Levet  France Le Golf National 277 (−7) 1 stroke England Mark Foster
Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen
2010 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain Le Golf National 273 (−11) Playoff Spain Alejandro Cañizares
Italy Francesco Molinari
Open de France Alstom
2009 Martin Kaymer  Germany Le Golf National 271 (−13) Playoff England Lee Westwood
2008 Pablo Larrazábal  Spain Le Golf National 269 (−15) 4 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie
2007 Graeme Storm  England Le Golf National 277 (−7) 1 stroke Denmark Søren Hansen
2006 John Bickerton  England Le Golf National 273 (−11) 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
Open de France
2005 Jean-François Remésy (2)  France Le Golf National 273 (−11) Playoff France Jean van de Velde
2004 Jean-François Remésy  France Le Golf National 272 (−12) 7 strokes Australia Richard Green
Australia Nick O'Hern
2003 Philip Golding  England Le Golf National 273 (−15) 1 stroke England David Howell
Novotel Perrier Open de France
2002 Malcolm MacKenzie  England Le Golf National 274 (−14) 1 stroke South Africa Trevor Immelman
2001 José María Olazábal  Spain Lyon 268 (−12) 2 strokes England Paul Eales
Italy Costantino Rocca
New Zealand Greg Turner
2000 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Le Golf National 272 (−16) 2 strokes England Jonathan Lomas
1999 Retief Goosen (2)  South Africa Médoc 272 (−12) Playoff New Zealand Greg Turner
Peugeot Open de France
1998 Sam Torrance  Scotland Le Golf National 276 (−12) 2 strokes France Olivier Edmond
Italy Massimo Florioli
Australia Mathew Goggin
Germany Bernhard Langer
1997 Retief Goosen  South Africa Le Golf National 271 (−17) 3 strokes England Jamie Spence
1996 Robert Allenby  Australia Le Golf National 272 (−16) Playoff Germany Bernhard Langer
1995 Paul Broadhurst  England Le Golf National 274 (−14) 8 strokes England Neal Briggs
1994 Mark Roe  England Le Golf National 274 (−14) 1 stroke Sweden Gabriel Hjertstedt
1993 Costantino Rocca  Italy Le Golf National 273 (−11) Playoff Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
1992 Miguel Ángel Martín  Spain Le Golf National 276 (−8) 2 strokes England Martin Poxon
1991 Eduardo Romero  Argentina Le Golf National 281 (−7) 2 strokes Spain José María Olazábal
Scotland Sam Torrance
1990 Philip Walton  Ireland Chantilly 275 (−5) Playoff West Germany Bernhard Langer
1989 Nick Faldo (3)  England Chantilly 273 (−7) 1 stroke South Africa Hugh Baiocchi
West Germany Bernhard Langer
England Mark Roe
1988 Nick Faldo (2)  England Chantilly 274 (−6) 2 strokes England Denis Durnian
Australia Wayne Riley
1987 José Rivero  Spain Saint-Cloud 269 (−19) 1 stroke England Howard Clark
1986 Seve Ballesteros (4)  Spain La Boulie 269 (−19) 1 stroke Argentina Vicente Fernández
1985 Seve Ballesteros (3)  Spain Saint-Germain 263 (−21) 2 strokes Scotland Sandy Lyle
1984 Bernhard Langer  West Germany Saint-Cloud 270 (−18) 1 stroke Spain José Rivero
Paco Rabanne Open de France
1983 Nick Faldo  England La Boulie 277 (−11) Playoff Spain José Maria Cañizares
England David J Russell
1982 Seve Ballesteros (2)  Spain Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche 278 (−10) 4 strokes Scotland Sandy Lyle
1981 Sandy Lyle  Scotland Saint-Germain 270 (−14) 4 strokes West Germany Bernhard Langer
1980 Greg Norman  Australia Saint-Cloud 268 (−20) 10 strokes England Ian Mosey
French Open
1979 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland Lyon 284 (−8) 1 stroke Scotland William Milne
1978 Dale Hayes  South Africa La Baule 269 (−19) 11 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros
1977 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Le Touquet 282 (−6) 3 strokes South Africa John Bland
Spain Antonio Garrido
Spain Manuel Piñero
Australia Ian Stanley
1976 Vincent Tshabalala  South Africa Le Touquet 272 (−16) 2 strokes Spain Salvador Balbuena
1975 Brian Barnes  Scotland La Boulie 281 (−3) 2 strokes England Neil Coles
Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
South Africa Dale Hayes
Republic of Ireland John O'Leary
1974 Peter Oosterhuis (2)  England Chantilly 284 (+4) 2 strokes England Peter Townsend
1973 Peter Oosterhuis  England La Boulie 280 (−4) 1 stroke England Tony Jacklin
1972 Barry Jaeckel  United States La Nivelle
(and Biarritz-Le Phare)
265 (−11) Playoff England Clive Clark
1971 Lu Liang-Huan  Taiwan Biarritz-Le Phare
(and La Nivelle)
262 (−10) 2 strokes Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo
Argentina Vicente Fernández
Open de France
1970 David Graham  Australia Chantaco
(and Biarritz-Le Phare)
268 1 stroke France Jean Garaïalde
Argentina Florentino Molina
1969 Jean Garaïalde  France Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche 277 Playoff Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo
1968 Peter Butler  England Saint-Cloud 272 4 strokes Spain Sebastián Miguel
England Peter Townsend
1967 Bernard Hunt  England Saint-Germain 271 3 strokes England Peter Butler
1966 Denis Hutchinson  South Africa La Boulie 274 1 stroke Spain Ramón Sota
1965 Ramón Sota  Spain Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche 268 1 stroke South Africa Cobie Legrange
1964 Roberto De Vicenzo (3)  Argentina Chantilly 272 Playoff South Africa Cobie Legrange
1963 Bruce Devlin  Australia Saint-Cloud 273 4 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
1962 Alan Murray  Australia Saint-Germain 274 1 stroke New Zealand Bob Charles
Australia Peter Thomson
1961 Kel Nagle  Australia La Boulie 271 4 strokes Australia Peter Thomson
1960 Roberto De Vicenzo (2)  Argentina Saint-Cloud 275 3 strokes United States Bill Johnston
Argentina Leopoldo Ruiz
1959 Dave Thomas  Wales La Boulie 276 3 strokes England Peter Alliss
1958 Flory Van Donck (3)  Belgium Saint-Germain 276 Playoff South Africa Harold Henning
1957 Flory Van Donck (2)  Belgium Saint-Cloud 266 8 strokes England Peter Alliss
Spain Ángel Miguel
1956 Ángel Miguel  Spain Deauville 277 4 strokes Argentina Antonio Cerdá
Belgium Flory Van Donck
South Africa Trevor Wilkes
1955 Byron Nelson  United States La Boulie 271 2 strokes England Harry Weetman
1954 Flory Van Donck  Belgium Saint-Cloud 275 1 stroke Italy Aldo Casera
Australia Norman Von Nida
1953 Bobby Locke (2)  South Africa La Boulie 276 2 strokes England Max Faulkner
1952 Bobby Locke  South Africa Saint-Germain 268 8 strokes Argentina Antonio Cerdá
1951 Hassan Hassanein  Egypt Saint-Cloud 273 8 strokes Scotland Jimmy Adams
1950 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina Chantilly 279 5 strokes Spain Marcelino Morcillo
1949 Ugo Grappasonni  Italy Saint-Germain 275 4 strokes France Marcel Dallemagne
1948 Firmin Cavalo  France Saint-Cloud 287 2 strokes France Pierre Hausséguy
1947 Henry Cotton (2)  England Chantilly 285 3 strokes England John Knipe
1946 Henry Cotton  England Saint-Cloud 269 15 strokes Belgium Flory Van Donck
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939 Martin Pose  Argentina Le Touquet 285 1 stroke England Tom Odams
1938 Marcel Dallemagne (3)  France Fourqueux 282 5 strokes France Pierre Hausséguy
1937 Marcel Dallemagne (2)  France Chantilly 278 3 strokes England Leonard Crawley (amateur)
1936 Marcel Dallemagne  France Saint-Germain 277 Playoff England Henry Cotton
1935 Sid Brews (2)  South Africa Le Touquet 293 3 strokes Jersey Aubrey Boomer
1934 Sid Brews  South Africa Dieppe 284 2 strokes Jersey Aubrey Boomer
France Auguste Boyer
1933 Bert Gadd  England Chantilly 283 3 strokes France Auguste Boyer
France Marcel Dallemagne
1932 Arthur Lacey  England Saint-Cloud 295 4 strokes France René Golias
1931 Aubrey Boomer (5)  Jersey Deauville 291 2 strokes England Percy Alliss
Argentina Tomas Genta
1930 Ernest Whitcombe  England Dieppe 282 1 stroke France Auguste Boyer
1929 Aubrey Boomer (4)  Jersey Fourqueux 283 Playoff England Archie Compston
1928 Cyril Tolley (amateur) (2)  England La Boulie 283 1 stroke England Henry Kinch
1927 George Duncan (2)  Scotland Saint-Germain 299 2 strokes Jersey Aubrey Boomer
1926 Aubrey Boomer (3)  Jersey Saint-Cloud 280 5 strokes England Abe Mitchell
1925 Arnaud Massy (4)  France Chantilly 291 Playoff England Archie Compston
1924 Cyril Tolley (amateur)  England La Boulie 290 3 strokes United States Walter Hagen
1923 James Ockenden  England Dieppe 288 2 strokes Jersey Jack Gaudin
1922 Aubrey Boomer (2)  Jersey La Boulie 286 9 strokes France Eugène Lafitte
1921 Aubrey Boomer  Jersey Le Touquet 284 Playoff France Arnaud Massy
1920 Walter Hagen  United States La Boulie 298 Playoff France Eugène Lafitte
1915–19: No tournament due to World War I
1914 James Douglas Edgar  England Le Touquet 288 6 strokes Jersey Harry Vardon
1913 George Duncan  Scotland Chantilly 304 3 strokes Scotland James Braid
1912 Jean Gassiat  France La Boulie 289 1 stroke Jersey Harry Vardon
1911 Arnaud Massy (3)  France La Boulie 284 7 strokes Jersey Ted Ray
1910 James Braid  Scotland La Boulie 298 2 strokes France Arnaud Massy
1909 John Henry Taylor (2)  England La Boulie 293 1 stroke Scotland James Braid
1908 John Henry Taylor  England La Boulie 300 4 strokes France Arnaud Massy
England Charles Mayo
1907 Arnaud Massy (2)  France La Boulie 298 2 strokes France Jean Gassiat
1906 Arnaud Massy  France La Boulie 292 11 strokes Jersey Tom Vardon

In the 1969 playoff Garaïalde beat De Vicenzo at the 3rd extra hole. In the 1964 playoff De Vicenzo beat Legrange at the 5th extra hole. In the 1958 playoff Van Donck beat Henning 137 to 141 in the 36-hole playoff. In the 1936 playoff Dallemagne beat Cotton 139 to 140 in the 36-hole playoff. In the 1929 playoff Boomer beat Compston 141 to 142 in the 36-hole playoff. In the 1925 playoff Massy beat Compston 143 to 150 in the 36-hole playoff. In the 1921 playoff Boomer beat Massy in the 36-hole playoff. Boomer led 139 to 146 after 33 holes before Massy conceded on the 34th hole. In the 1920 playoff Hagen beat Lafitte 149 to 154 in the 36-hole playoff.

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Coordinates: 48°45′08″N 2°05′06″E / 48.7522°N 2.0851°E / 48.7522; 2.0851