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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. The 100th edition of the event was held in 2016.

Amundi Open de France
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LocationParis, France
Established1906
Course(s)Le Golf National
Par71
Length7,247 yards (6,627 m)
Tour(s)European Tour (since 1972)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$7,000,000
Month playedOctober
Aggregate262 Lu Liang-Huan (1971)
Sweden Alex Norén
Le Golf National is located in France
Le Golf National
Le Golf National
Location in France
Open de France Trophy

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. In 2004 qualifying tournaments were introduced on the model of those for The Open Championship and the U.S. Open and were 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 was €3 million in 2015 and €3.5 million in 2016. It rose to US$7,000,000 in 2017 after joining the new Rolex Series. Starting in 2019, the tournament will take place in October. It also will no longer be a Rolex Series event.[1]

From 2014 to 2018, it was one of the Open Qualifying Series events for The Open Championship with the leading three (four in 2016) players, who had not already qualified, qualifying for the Open.

VenuesEdit

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 2019 27
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.

WinnersEdit

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European Tour event (1972–)
Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Amundi Open de France
2019 Le Golf National  
HNA Open de France
2018 Alex Norén   Sweden Le Golf National 277 (−7) 1 stroke   Russell Knox
  Julian Suri
  Chris Wood
2017 Tommy Fleetwood   England Le Golf National 272 (−12) 1 stroke   Peter Uihlein
Open de France
2016 Thongchai Jaidee   Thailand Le Golf National 273 (−11) 4 strokes   Francesco Molinari
Alstom Open de France
2015 Bernd Wiesberger   Austria Le Golf National 271 (−13) 3 strokes   James Morrison
2014 Graeme McDowell (2)   Northern Ireland Le Golf National 279 (−5) 1 stroke   Thongchai Jaidee
  Kevin Stadler
2013 Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland Le Golf National 275 (−9) 4 strokes   Richard Sterne
2012 Marcel Siem   Germany Le Golf National 276 (−8) 1 stroke   Francesco Molinari
2011 Thomas Levet   France Le Golf National 277 (−7) 1 stroke   Mark Foster
  Thorbjørn Olesen
2010 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain Le Golf National 273 (−11) Playoff   Alejandro Cañizares
  Francesco Molinari
Open de France Alstom
2009 Martin Kaymer   Germany Le Golf National 271 (−13) Playoff   Lee Westwood
2008 Pablo Larrazábal   Spain Le Golf National 269 (−15) 4 strokes   Colin Montgomerie
2007 Graeme Storm   England Le Golf National 277 (−7) 1 stroke   Søren Hansen
2006 John Bickerton   England Le Golf National 273 (−11) 1 stroke   Pádraig Harrington
Open de France
2005 Jean-François Remésy (2)   France Le Golf National 273 (−11) Playoff   Jean van de Velde
2004 Jean-François Remésy   France Le Golf National 272 (−12) 7 strokes   Richard Green
  Nick O'Hern
2003 Philip Golding   England Le Golf National 273 (−15) 1 stroke   David Howell
Novotel Perrier Open de France
2002 Malcolm MacKenzie   England Le Golf National 274 (−14) 1 stroke   Trevor Immelman
2001 José María Olazábal   Spain Lyon 268 (−12) 2 strokes   Paul Eales
  Costantino Rocca
  Greg Turner
2000 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland Le Golf National 272 (−16) 2 strokes   Jonathan Lomas
1999 Retief Goosen (2)   South Africa Médoc 272 (−12) Playoff   Greg Turner
Peugeot Open de France
1998 Sam Torrance   Scotland Le Golf National 276 (−12) 2 strokes   Olivier Edmond
  Massimo Florioli
  Mathew Goggin
  Bernhard Langer
1997 Retief Goosen   South Africa Le Golf National 271 (−17) 3 strokes   Jamie Spence
1996 Robert Allenby   Australia Le Golf National 272 (−16) Playoff   Bernhard Langer
1995 Paul Broadhurst   England Le Golf National 274 (−14) 8 strokes   Neal Briggs
1994 Mark Roe   England Le Golf National 274 (−14) 1 stroke   Gabriel Hjertstedt
1993 Costantino Rocca   Italy Le Golf National 273 (−11) Playoff   Paul McGinley
1992 Miguel Ángel Martín   Spain Le Golf National 276 (−8) 2 strokes   Martin Poxon
1991 Eduardo Romero   Argentina Le Golf National 281 (−7) 2 strokes   José María Olazábal
  Sam Torrance
1990 Philip Walton   Ireland Chantilly 275 (−5) Playoff   Bernhard Langer
1989 Nick Faldo (3)   England Chantilly 273 (−7) 1 stroke   Hugh Baiocchi
  Bernhard Langer
  Mark Roe
1988 Nick Faldo (2)   England Chantilly 274 (−6) 2 strokes   Denis Durnian
  Wayne Riley
1987 José Rivero   Spain Saint-Cloud 269 (−19) 1 stroke   Howard Clark
1986 Seve Ballesteros (4)   Spain La Boulie 269 (−19) 1 stroke   Vicente Fernández
1985 Seve Ballesteros (3)   Spain Saint-Germain 263 (−21) 2 strokes   Sandy Lyle
1984 Bernhard Langer   West Germany Saint-Cloud 270 (−18) 1 stroke   José Rivero
Paco Rabanne Open de France
1983 Nick Faldo   England La Boulie 277 (−11) Playoff   José Maria Cañizares
  David J Russell
1982 Seve Ballesteros (2)   Spain Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche 278 (−10) 4 strokes   Sandy Lyle
1981 Sandy Lyle   Scotland Saint-Germain 270 (−14) 4 strokes   Bernhard Langer
1980 Greg Norman   Australia Saint-Cloud 268 (−20) 10 strokes   Ian Mosey
French Open
1979 Bernard Gallacher   Scotland Lyon 284 (−8) 1 stroke   Willie Milne
1978 Dale Hayes   South Africa La Baule 269 (−19) 11 strokes   Seve Ballesteros
1977 Seve Ballesteros   Spain Le Touquet 282 (−6) 3 strokes   John Bland
  Antonio Garrido
  Manuel Piñero
  Ian Stanley
1976 Vincent Tshabalala   South Africa Le Touquet 272 (−16) 2 strokes   Salvador Balbuena
1975 Brian Barnes   Scotland La Boulie 281 (−3) 2 strokes   Neil Coles
  Eamonn Darcy
  Dale Hayes
  John O'Leary
1974 Peter Oosterhuis (2)   England Chantilly 284 (+4) 2 strokes   Peter Townsend
1973 Peter Oosterhuis   England La Boulie 280 (−4) 1 stroke   Tony Jacklin
1972 Barry Jaeckel   United States La Nivelle
(and Biarritz-Le Phare)
265 (−11) Playoff   Clive Clark
Pre-European Tour (1906–1971)
Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
French Open
1971 Lu Liang-Huan   Taiwan Biarritz-Le Phare
(and La Nivelle)
262 (−10) 2 strokes   Roberto De Vicenzo
  Vicente Fernández
Open de France
1970 David Graham   Australia Chantaco
(and Biarritz-Le Phare)
268 1 stroke   Jean Garaïalde
  Florentino Molina
1969 Jean Garaïalde   France Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche 277 Playoff   Roberto De Vicenzo
1968 Peter Butler   England Saint-Cloud 272 4 strokes   Sebastián Miguel
  Peter Townsend
1967 Bernard Hunt   England Saint-Germain 271 3 strokes   Peter Butler
1966 Denis Hutchinson   South Africa La Boulie 274 1 stroke   Ramón Sota
1965 Ramón Sota   Spain Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche 268 1 stroke   Cobie Legrange
1964 Roberto De Vicenzo (3)   Argentina Chantilly 272 Playoff   Cobie Legrange
1963 Bruce Devlin   Australia Saint-Cloud 273 4 strokes   Kel Nagle
1962 Alan Murray   Australia Saint-Germain 274 1 stroke   Bob Charles
  Peter Thomson
1961 Kel Nagle   Australia La Boulie 271 4 strokes   Peter Thomson
1960 Roberto De Vicenzo (2)   Argentina Saint-Cloud 275 3 strokes   Bill Johnston
  Leopoldo Ruiz
1959 Dave Thomas   Wales La Boulie 276 3 strokes   Peter Alliss
1958 Flory Van Donck (3)   Belgium Saint-Germain 276 Playoff   Harold Henning
1957 Flory Van Donck (2)   Belgium Saint-Cloud 266 8 strokes   Peter Alliss
  Ángel Miguel
1956 Ángel Miguel   Spain Deauville 277 4 strokes   Antonio Cerdá
  Flory Van Donck
  Trevor Wilkes
1955 Byron Nelson   United States La Boulie 271 2 strokes   Harry Weetman
1954 Flory Van Donck   Belgium Saint-Cloud 275 1 stroke   Aldo Casera
  Norman Von Nida
1953 Bobby Locke (2)   South Africa La Boulie 276 2 strokes   Max Faulkner
1952 Bobby Locke   South Africa Saint-Germain 268 8 strokes   Antonio Cerdá
1951 Hassan Hassanein   Egypt Saint-Cloud 273 8 strokes   Jimmy Adams
1950 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina Chantilly 279 5 strokes   Marcelino Morcillo
1949 Ugo Grappasonni   Italy Saint-Germain 275 4 strokes   Marcel Dallemagne
1948 Firmin Cavalo   France Saint-Cloud 287 2 strokes   Pierre Hausséguy
1947 Henry Cotton (2)   England Chantilly 285 3 strokes   John Knipe
1946 Henry Cotton   England Saint-Cloud 269 15 strokes   Flory Van Donck
1940–1945: No tournament due to World War II
1939 Martin Pose   Argentina Le Touquet 285 1 stroke   Tom Odams
1938 Marcel Dallemagne (3)   France Fourqueux 282 5 strokes   Pierre Hausséguy
1937 Marcel Dallemagne (2)   France Chantilly 278 3 strokes   Leonard Crawley (amateur)
1936 Marcel Dallemagne   France Saint-Germain 277 Playoff   Henry Cotton
1935 Sid Brews (2)   South Africa Le Touquet 293 3 strokes   Aubrey Boomer
1934 Sid Brews   South Africa Dieppe 284 2 strokes   Aubrey Boomer
  Auguste Boyer
1933 Bert Gadd   England Chantilly 283 3 strokes   Auguste Boyer
  Marcel Dallemagne
1932 Arthur Lacey   England Saint-Cloud 295 4 strokes   René Golias
1931 Aubrey Boomer (5)   Jersey Deauville 291 2 strokes   Percy Alliss
  Tomas Genta
1930 Ernest Whitcombe   England Dieppe 282 1 stroke   Auguste Boyer
1929 Aubrey Boomer (4)   Jersey Fourqueux 283 Playoff   Archie Compston
1928 Cyril Tolley (amateur) (2)   England La Boulie 283 1 stroke   Henry Kinch
1927 George Duncan (2)   Scotland Saint-Germain 299 2 strokes   Aubrey Boomer
1926 Aubrey Boomer (3)   Jersey Saint-Cloud 280 5 strokes   Abe Mitchell
1925 Arnaud Massy (4)   France Chantilly 291 Playoff   Archie Compston
1924 Cyril Tolley (amateur)   England La Boulie 290 3 strokes   Walter Hagen
1923 James Ockenden   England Dieppe 288 2 strokes   Jack Gaudin
1922 Aubrey Boomer (2)   Jersey La Boulie 286 9 strokes   Eugène Lafitte
1921 Aubrey Boomer   Jersey Le Touquet 284 Playoff   Arnaud Massy
1920 Walter Hagen   United States La Boulie 298 Playoff   Eugène Lafitte
1915–1919: No tournament due to World War I
1914 James Douglas Edgar   England Le Touquet 288 6 strokes   Harry Vardon
1913 George Duncan   Scotland Chantilly 304 3 strokes   James Braid
1912 Jean Gassiat   France La Boulie 289 1 stroke   Harry Vardon
1911 Arnaud Massy (3)   France La Boulie 284 7 strokes   Ted Ray
1910 James Braid   Scotland La Boulie 298 2 strokes   Arnaud Massy
1909 John Henry Taylor (2)   England La Boulie 293 1 stroke   James Braid
1908 John Henry Taylor   England La Boulie 300 4 strokes   Arnaud Massy
  Charles Mayo
1907 Arnaud Massy (2)   France La Boulie 298 2 strokes   Jean Gassiat
1906 Arnaud Massy   France La Boulie 292 11 strokes   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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Golf: l'Open de France déplacé dans le calendrier et dégradé" (in French). Agence France-Presse. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.opendefrance.fr/aodf_en/The-Open/Record
  3. ^ https://www.where2golf.com/golf-tournament/french-open.asp

External linksEdit