|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||263 Vijay Singh (1994)|
|To par||−24 Ian Woosnam (1987)|
Gaëtan Mourgue D'Algue, a French golf enthusiast from Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, hoped to popularize the then little-known sport of Golf in France during the early 1960s. With Dominique Motte, he suggested the creation of a new championship trophy to Pierre Menet, the chairman of the Lancôme Company. Their goal was originally to bring together eight of the best players in the world. Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche had hosted the 1963 Canada Cup and the Open de France in 1965 and 1969.
The tournament started in 1970 as the "Tournament of Champions" but from 1971 it was called the "Trophée Lancôme", named after Menet's company. It began as an unofficial event, in that it was not part of a tour schedule, but it was backed by the Fédération Française de Golf and by preeminent sports agent Mark McCormack who arranged for some of the world's top players to participate. The 1970 and 1971 the tournament was played over three rounds (54 holes), but starting in 1972 it was played over four rounds (72 holes). Originally contested by 8 invited players, the field was increased to 12 in 1979.
From 1982 onwards it was an official money event on the European Tour, with an increased field size. In 1986 Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros were declared joint winners as they were level after four playoff holes when darkness fell. The tournament ceased operation after 2003.
- Title shared when darkness ended play with Ballesteros and Langer still tied after four holes of a sudden-death playoff.
- 4 wins: Seve Ballesteros (including one shared)
- 2 wins: Retief Goosen, David Graham, Lee Trevino, Ian Woosnam
- "Tour tourney". Aberdeen Evening Express. Aberdeen, Scotland. 15 March 1982. p. 14. Retrieved 9 June 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "*** | The Haig..." Glasgow Herald. Glasgow, Scotland. 15 March 1982. p. 14. Retrieved 9 June 2020 – via Google News Archive.
- "U.S. Open Champion David Graham". The Glasgow Herald. 19 October 1981. p. 16.
- "Caddy 'reads' Trevino win". The Glasgow Herald. 20 October 1980. p. 22.
- "Johnny comes marching home after 3 lean years". The Glasgow Herald. 29 October 1979. p. 20.
- "Trevino wins with record". The Glasgow Herald. 23 October 1978. p. 22.
- "Marsh wins again". The Glasgow Herald. 17 October 1977. p. 19.
- "Ballesteros wins Lancome". The Glasgow Herald. 18 October 1976. p. 17.
- "Player finishes well clear of field". The Times. 13 October 1975. p. 9.
- "Casper survives bad start". The Glasgow Herald. 7 October 1974. p. 5.
- "Lancome win for Miller". The Glasgow Herald. 8 October 1973. p. 7.
- "Aaron nine under par for victory". The Times. 9 October 1972. p. 6.
- "Palmer proves game has lost none of its effectiveness". The Glasgow Herald. 18 October 1971. p. 5.
- "Eagle-birdie finish gives Jacklin dramatic victory". The Glasgow Herald. 19 October 1970. p. 5.