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The Belgian Open is a men's golf tournament which has been played intermittently from 1910 to 2000. All editions since 1978 have been part of the European Tour. After not having been played since 2000, it returned in 2018 as the Belgian Knockout, hosted by PietersProductions, along with its co-founder, Belgian professional golfer Thomas Pieters. With a prize pool set at €1 million, 144 professional golfers start the competition with 36 holes of stroke play, followed by 9-hole match play for the top 64 finishers from the stroke play rounds.[1][2]

Belgian Knockout
Belgian Open (golf) logo.png
Location Belgium
Established1910
Course(s)Rinkven International GC
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play and match play
Prize fund€1,000,000
Month playedMay - June
Aggregate266 Lee Westwood (2000)
Italy Guido Migliozzi
Rinkven International GC is located in Belgium
Rinkven International GC
Rinkven
International GC
Location in Belgium

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HistoryEdit

The first ever Belgian Open was played at the Royal Golf Club of Belgium, featuring 36 holes. It was not until 1928 that the competition format expanded to 72 holes. The first edition of the tournament was won by Arnaud Massy, the only Frenchman to win a major championship. Other distinguished champions included Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton, José María Olazábal, Nick Faldo and Lee Westwood. Belgium's most successful 20th century golfer, Flory Van Donck, won his home open five times between 1939 and 1956.

In 2018, PietersProductions took over the organisation of the Belgian Open. After an absence of 18 years, they brought the Belgian Open back to the European Tour. The Belgian Open was reintroduced under the name Belgian Knockout.

The first edition of the Belgian Knockout, which is the 53rd edition of the Belgian Open, took place from 17 to 20 May 2018 at Rinkven International Golf Club, Schilde, Antwerp. In the final, the Spaniard Adrián Otaegui won against Frenchman Benjamin Hébert after four match days. David Drysdale took third place after winning against James Heath.

Format from 2018Edit

There are two rounds of stroke-play on the first two days. The top 64 and ties are credited with prize money and are declared to have advanced under Tour rules. However, in case of a tie for 64th place, there is a playoff if players are tied for 64th place to determine who advances to the knockout stages. Players eliminated in the playoff earn 65th place prize money and are credited with making the cut ("MDF").

In the knock-out stage there are six rounds, each match being over nine holes of stroke-play. Players are seeded based on their position after 36 holes. On the first day of knockout there are three rounds. Half the players use the front nine holes, the other half use the back nine. If the two players are tied after 9 holes there is a sudden-death playoff. There is also a 3rd/4th place playoff. Placings for those who didn't reach the semi-finals are decided firstly by the knockout round reached and, for those who lost in the same round, on their score in the opening 36 holes.

Two major changes will be implemented in 2019 for the event. In order to remove a potential advantage/disadvantage that may happen with some groups, the 144 players are now grouped in two sections of 72 players each. One section plays on the first morning and the second afternoon, the other on the first afternoon and second morning. The top 32 players qualify from each section, each section having a separate playoff if required. The second change applies to the first knockout round. The top 16 players will earn an advantage headed to the first knockout round. If their first-round match is tied after nine holes, they automatically advance.

WinnersEdit

Stroke play and knockout (European Tour event 2018– )
Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin of
victory
Runner-up Ref
Belgian Knockout
2019 Guido Migliozzi   Italy Rinkven International GC −3 to +1 4 strokes   Darius van Driel
2018 Adrián Otaegui   Spain Rinkven International GC −3 to −1 2 strokes   Benjamin Hébert
Stroke play (European Tour event 1978–2000)
Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
2001–2017: No tournament
2000 Lee Westwood   England Royal Zoute GC 266 (−18) 4 strokes   Eduardo Romero
1999 Robert Karlsson   Sweden Royal Zoute GC 272 (−12) 1 stroke   Retief Goosen
  Jamie Spence
1998 Lee Westwood   England Royal Zoute GC 268 (−16) Playoff   Fredrik Jacobson
Alfred Dunhill Open
1995–1997: No tournament
1994 Nick Faldo   England Royal Zoute GC 279 (−5) Playoff   Joakim Haeggman
1993 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland Royal Zoute GC 270 (−14) 2 strokes   Nick Faldo
  Vijay Singh
Piaget Belgian Open
1992 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain Royal Zoute GC 274 (−10) 3 strokes   Barry Lane
Renault Belgian Open
1991 Per-Ulrik Johansson   Sweden Royal Waterloo GC 276 (−12) Playoff   Paul Broadhurst
Peugeot-Trends Belgian Open
1990 Ove Sellberg   Sweden Royal Waterloo GC 272 (−16) 4 strokes   Ian Woosnam
Volvo Belgian Open
1989 Gordon J. Brand   England Royal Waterloo GC 273 (−11) 4 strokes   Kevin Dickens
1988 José María Olazábal   Spain Golf du Bercuit 269 (−15) 4 strokes   Mike Smith
1987 Eamonn Darcy   Ireland Royal Waterloo GC 200 (−13) 1 stroke   Nick Faldo
  Ronan Rafferty
  Ian Woosnam
Belgian Open
1980–1986: No tournament
1979 Gavan Levenson   South Africa Royal Waterloo GC 279 (−5) 3 strokes   Bobby Cole
  Nick Faldo
  Michael King
1978 Noel Ratcliffe   Australia Royal Golf Club of Belgium 280 (−12) 1 stroke   Chris Tickner
1959–1977: No tournament
Pre-European Tour (1910–1958)
Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up Ref
1958 Ken Bousfield   England Royal Golf Club of Belgium 271 3 strokes   Antonio Cerdá [3]
1957 Bernard Hunt   England Royal Latem GC 280 Playoff
(36 holes)
  Dai Rees [4]
1956 Flory Van Donck   Belgium Royal Latem GC 269 8 strokes   Ángel Miguel [5]
1955 Dave Thomas   Wales Royal Golf Club des Fagnes 290 1 stroke   Arthur Devulder [6]
1954 Dai Rees   Wales Royal Antwerp GC 287 1 stroke   Aldo Casera
  Norman Von Nida
[7]
1953 Flory Van Donck   Belgium Royal Waterloo GC 270 9 strokes   Henri de Lamaze (a) [8]
1952 Antonio Cerdá   Argentina Royal Golf Club des Fagnes 286 4 strokes   Brian Wilkes [9]
1951 Albert Pélissier   France Royal Latem GC 279 5 strokes   Flory Van Donck
  Hassan Hassanein
[10]
1950 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina Royal Zoute GC 282 4 strokes   Antonio Cerdá [11]
1949 Jimmy Adams   Scotland Royal Golf Club des Fagnes 283 2 strokes   Max Faulkner [12]
1948 Willie Forrester   Scotland Royal Golf Club of Belgium 288
1947 Flory Van Donck   Belgium Royal Golf Club des Fagnes 283
1946 Flory Van Donck   Belgium Royal Waterloo GC 289 4 strokes   Willie Forrester
1940–1945: No tournament due to World War II
1939 Flory Van Donck   Belgium Royal Golf Club of Belgium 291 1 stroke   Max Faulkner [13]
1938 Henry Cotton   England Royal Waterloo GC 277 13 strokes   Arthur Lacey [14]
1937 Marcel Dallemagne   France Royal Zoute GC 285 4 strokes   Dai Rees [15]
1936 Auguste Boyer   France Royal Golf Club des Fagnes 285 1 stroke   Henry Cotton [16]
1935 Bill Branch   England Royal Golf Club of Belgium 283 Playoff
(36 holes)
  Flory Van Donck [17]
1934 Henry Cotton   England Royal Waterloo GC 279 3 strokes   Percy Alliss [18]
1933 Auguste Boyer   France Royal Golf Club des Fagnes 282 3 strokes   Henry Cotton [19]
1932 Arthur Lacey   England Royal Golf Club of Belgium 291 2 strokes   Auguste Boyer [20]
1931 Arthur Lacey   England Royal Golf Club des Fagnes 301 1 stroke   Marcel Dallemagne
  Pierre Hirogoyen
[21]
1930 Henry Cotton   England Royal Golf Club of Belgium 281 11 strokes   Archie Compston [22]
1929 Sid Brews   South Africa Royal Antwerp GC 300 1 stroke   Aubrey Boomer [23]
1928 Albert Tingey Jr.   England Royal Golf Club of Belgium 297 3 strokes   Jack Taylor [24]
1927 Marcel Dallemagne   France Royal Zoute GC 140
1926 Aubrey Boomer   Jersey Royal Zoute GC 137 9 strokes   Percy Boomer [25]
1925 Eugène Lafitte   France Royal Antwerp GC 142 1 stroke   Arthur Havers [26]
1924 Walter Hagen   United States Royal Zoute GC 143 3 strokes   Aubrey Boomer
1923 Percy Boomer   Jersey Royal Golf Club of Belgium 143
1922 Aubrey Boomer   Jersey Royal Golf Club of Belgium 150 1 stroke   Charles Corlett
  Marius Cavallo
[27]
1921 Eugène Lafitte   France Royal Golf Club of Belgium 145 10 strokes   George Pannell
1920 Rowland Jones   England Royal Zoute GC 154 Playoff   Aubrey Boomer
  Henry Burrows
[28]
1915–1919: No tournament due to World War I
1914 Tom Ball   England Royal Antwerp GC 144 4 strokes   Charles Mayo [29]
1913 Tom Ball   England Lombardsijde GC 145 1 stroke   James Braid [30]
1912 George Duncan   Scotland Royal Golf Club of Belgium 144 Playoff   Tom Ball
  Ted Ray
[31]
1911 Charles Mayo   England Royal Golf Club of Belgium 144 3 strokes   Arnaud Massy [32]
1910 Arnaud Massy   France Royal Golf Club of Belgium 139 5 strokes   Sandy Herd
  Harry Vardon
[33]

In 1957 Hunt (137) beat Rees (145) by 8 strokes in a 36-hole playoff. In 1935 Branch (145) beat Van Donck (149) by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff. In 1912 Duncan (70) beat Ray (71) and Ball (78) in an 18-hole playoff, played the same evening.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Thomas Pieters to host Belgian Knockout in 2018". European Tour. 25 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Belgian Knockout Tournament History". European Tour. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Belgian Open title for Bousfield". The Times. 11 July 1958. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Rees and Hunt tie for first place". The Times. 27 May 1957. p. 3.
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  6. ^ "British golf win". The Glasgow Herald. 13 August 1955. p. 2.
  7. ^ "Belgian Open golf title for Rees". The Times. 19 July 1954. p. 3.
  8. ^ "Belgian Open championship". The Times. 12 August 1953. p. 9.
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  10. ^ "British open golf championship". The Glasgow Herald. 7 August 1951. p. 2.
  11. ^ "Ostend, July 24". The Times. 25 July 1950. p. 7.
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  13. ^ "The Belgian Open championship". The Times. 12 August 1939. p. 4.
  14. ^ "Cotton wins Belgian "Open"". The Glasgow Herald. 14 July 1938. p. 2.
  15. ^ "Belgian Open title for Dellamagne". The Glasgow Herald. 23 July 1937. p. 4.
  16. ^ "The Belgian Open championship". The Times. 11 August 1936. p. 6.
  17. ^ "Belgian Open championship". The Times. 9 July 1935. p. 7.
  18. ^ "Cotton wins the Belgian Open". The Glasgow Herald. 15 August 1934. p. 7.
  19. ^ "Boyer wins Belgian Open championship". The Times. 9 August 1933. p. 5.
  20. ^ "Lacey wins Belgian championship". The Times. 20 June 1932. p. 6.
  21. ^ "Belgian Open championship". The Times. 22 July 1931. p. 6.
  22. ^ "Belgian championship". The Times. 30 June 1930. p. 4.
  23. ^ "Belgian Open championship". The Times. 1 June 1929. p. 5.
  24. ^ "Belgian championship". The Times. 19 June 1928. p. 7.
  25. ^ "Belgian Open golf championship". The Times. 14 July 1926. p. 6.
  26. ^ "Belgian Open golf championship". The Times. 5 October 1925. p. 16.
  27. ^ "Golf - Belgian open championship". The Times. 3 July 1922. p. 19.
  28. ^ "Golf - Belgian professional championship". The Times. 14 July 1920. p. 6.
  29. ^ "Belgian Open golf championship - Tom Ball's victory". The Times. 13 July 1914. p. 13.
  30. ^ "Belgian Open championship - Victory of Tom Ball". The Times. 18 October 1913. p. 13.
  31. ^ "Open championship of Belgium - Victory of Duncan". The Times. 6 July 1912. p. 13.
  32. ^ "Belgian Open championship - Victory of C.H. Mayo". The Times. 1 June 1911. p. 14.
  33. ^ "Open championship of Belgium - Victory of Arnaud Massy". The Times. 3 June 1910. p. 18.

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