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Benson & Hedges International Open

The Benson & Hedges International Open was a men's professional golf tournament which was played in England. It was founded in 1971 and for its first five years it was called the Benson & Hedges Festival of Golf. It was sponsored by Benson & Hedges, a cigarette company. It was part of the European Tour's annual schedule from the tour's first season in 1972 until the tournament ceased in 2003, following the introduction of a ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship of sporting events by the British government. The prize fund for the final edition of the tournament was 1,596,861, which was mid-range for a European Tour event at the time.

Benson & Hedges
International Open
LocationEngland
Established1971
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Final year2003
Aggregate266 Vicente Fernández (1975)
To par−18 Vicente Fernández (1975)
−18 Sam Torrance (1984)
Paul Casey

WinnersEdit

European Tour event (1972–2003)
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
Benson & Hedges International Open
2003 Paul Casey   England The Belfry 277 −11 4 strokes   Pádraig Harrington [1]
2002 Ángel Cabrera   Argentina The Belfry 278 −10 1 stroke   Barry Lane [2]
2001 Henrik Stenson   Sweden The Belfry 275 −13 3 strokes   Ángel Cabrera
  Paul McGinley
[3]
2000 José María Olazábal (2)   Spain The Belfry 275 −13 3 strokes   Phillip Price [4][5]
1999 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland The Oxfordshire Golf Club 273 −15 3 strokes   Ángel Cabrera
  Per-Ulrik Johansson
1998 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland The Oxfordshire Golf Club 273 −15 3 strokes   Santiago Luna
1997 Bernhard Langer (2)   Germany The Oxfordshire Golf Club 276 −12 2 strokes   Ian Woosnam
1996 Stephen Ames   Trinidad and Tobago The Oxfordshire Golf Club 283 −5 1 stroke   Jon Robson
1995 Peter O'Malley   Australia St Mellion International Hotel, G&CC 280 −8 1 stroke   Mark James
  Costantino Rocca
1994 Seve Ballesteros   Spain St Mellion International Hotel, G&CC 281 −7 3 strokes   Nick Faldo
1993 Paul Broadhurst   England St Mellion International Hotel, G&CC 276 −12 1 stroke   Mark James
  José María Olazábal
1992 Peter Senior   Australia St Mellion International Hotel, G&CC 287 −1 Playoff   Tony Johnstone
1991 Bernhard Langer   Germany St Mellion International Hotel, G&CC 286 −2 2 strokes   Vijay Singh
1990 José María Olazábal   Spain St Mellion International Hotel, G&CC 279 −9 1 stroke   Ian Woosnam
1989 Gordon Brand, Jnr   Scotland Fulford Golf Club 272 −12 1 stroke   Derrick Cooper
1988 Peter Baker   England Fulford Golf Club 271 −17 Playoff   Nick Faldo
1987 Noel Ratcliffe   Australia Fulford Golf Club 275 −13 2 strokes   Ove Sellberg
1986 Mark James   England Fulford Golf Club 274 −14 Playoff   Hugh Baiocchi
  Lee Trevino
1985 Sandy Lyle   Scotland Fulford Golf Club 274 −14 1 stroke   Ian Woosnam
1984 Sam Torrance   Scotland Fulford Golf Club 270 −18 1 stroke   Wayne Grady
1983 John Bland   South Africa Fulford Golf Club 273 −15 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer
1982 Greg Norman   Australia Fulford Golf Club 283 −5 1 stroke   Bob Charles
  Graham Marsh
  Ian Woosnam
1981 Tom Weiskopf   United States Fulford Golf Club 272 −16 1 stroke   Eamonn Darcy
  Bernhard Langer
1980 Graham Marsh   Australia Fulford Golf Club 272 −16 2 strokes   John Bland
1979 Maurice Bembridge   England St. Mellion Golf and Country Club 272 −8 2 strokes   Ken Brown
1978 Lee Trevino   United States Fulford Golf Club 274 −10 Playoff   Neil Coles
  Noel Ratcliffe
1977 Antonio Garrido   Spain Fulford Golf Club 280 −4 3 strokes   Bob Charles
1976 Graham Marsh   Australia Fulford Golf Club 272 −12 2 strokes   Mark James
Benson & Hedges Festival of Golf
1975 Vicente Fernández   Argentina Fulford Golf Club 266 −18 1 stroke   Maurice Bembridge
1974 Philippe Toussaint   Belgium Fulford Golf Club 276 −8 Playoff   Bob Shearer
1973 Vin Baker   South Africa Fulford Golf Club 276 −8 2 strokes   Dale Hayes
1972 Jack Newton   Australia Fulford Golf Club 281 −3 1 stroke   Harry Bannerman
Pre-European Tour (1971)
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Ref
1971 Tony Jacklin   England Fulford Golf Club 279 −5 Playoff   Peter Butler [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Casey wins at The Belfry". BBC Sport. 11 May 2003. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  2. ^ "Cabrera reigns at The Belfry". BBC Sport. 12 May 2002. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  3. ^ "Stenson proves big at The Belfry". BBC Sport. 13 May 2001. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  4. ^ "Belfry leader disqualified". BBC Sport. 14 May 2000. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  5. ^ Garrod, Mark (14 May 2000). "Olazabal cashes in on Harrington horror". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  6. ^ "Jacklin upholds his reputation". The Herald (Glasgow). 23 August 1971. Retrieved 2011-02-01.

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