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The Omega European Masters is the Swiss stop on professional men's golf's European Tour, and in 2009 it became the first event in Europe to be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.[1]

Omega European Masters
Omega European Masters logo.png
LocationCrans-Montana, Switzerland
Established1923
Course(s)Crans-sur-Sierre
Par70
Length6,848 yards (6,262 m)
Tour(s)European Tour
Asian Tour (2009−2017)
FormatStroke play
Prize fund2,500,000
Month playedAugust/September
Aggregate260 Colin Montgomerie (1996)
To par−27 Jerry Anderson (1984)
Sweden Sebastian Söderberg
Crans-Montana is located in Switzerland
Crans-Montana
Crans-Montana
Location in Switzerland

Founded as the Swiss Open in 1923, the tournament was prefixed with European Masters in 1983, before dropping Swiss Open from the title in 1992. During the 1971 event, Baldovino Dassù became the first player to score 60 for 18 holes on the European circuit. The tournament has been held at the Golf-Club Crans-sur-Sierre at Crans-Montana in Valais since 1939, and is currently played in early September each year.

Michelle Wie at 2006 tournamentEdit

In May, 2006, Michelle Wie, who has a sponsorship contract with Omega, accepted an invitation from the company to play in the 2006 tournament, making her first attempt to play on the European Tour.[2] At the September event she shot 78-79 to finish 15-over-par over two rounds and finished in last place among the 156 competitors. European Tour executive director George O'Grady said on September 8, 2006 that Wie's appearance was "an experiment" and he would need "a lot of persuading" before inviting Wie to participate in such an event again, despite record crowds estimated at 9,500.[3][4]

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Omega European Masters
2019 Sebastian Söderberg   Sweden 266 −14 Playoff   Lorenzo Gagli
  Rory McIlroy
  Andrés Romero
  Kalle Samooja
2018 Matthew Fitzpatrick (2)   England 263 −17 Playoff   Lucas Bjerregaard
2017 Matthew Fitzpatrick   England 266 −14 Playoff   Scott Hend
2016 Alex Norén (2)   Sweden 263 −17 Playoff   Scott Hend
2015 Danny Willett   England 263 −17 1 stroke   Matthew Fitzpatrick
2014 David Lipsky   United States 262 −18 Playoff   Graeme Storm
2013 Thomas Bjørn (2)   Denmark 264 −20 Playoff   Craig Lee
2012 Richie Ramsay   Scotland 267 −16 4 strokes   Fredrik Andersson Hed
  Marcus Fraser
  Romain Wattel
  Danny Willett
2011 Thomas Bjørn   Denmark 264 −20 4 strokes   Martin Kaymer
2010 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain 263 −21 3 strokes   Edoardo Molinari
2009 Alex Norén   Sweden 264 −20 2 strokes   Bradley Dredge
2008 Jean-François Lucquin   France 271 −13 Playoff   Rory McIlroy
2007 Brett Rumford   Australia 268 −16 Playoff   Phillip Archer
2006 Bradley Dredge   Wales 267 −17 8 strokes   Marcel Siem
  Francesco Molinari
2005 Sergio García   Spain 270 −14 1 stroke   Peter Gustafsson
2004 Luke Donald   England 265 −19 5 strokes   Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2003 Ernie Els   South Africa 267 −17 6 strokes   Michael Campbell
2002 Robert Karlsson   Sweden 270 −14 4 strokes   Trevor Immelman
  Paul Lawrie
2001 Ricardo González   Argentina 268 −16 3 strokes   Søren Hansen
Canon European Masters
2000 Eduardo Romero (2)   Argentina 261 −23 10 strokes   Thomas Bjørn
1999 Lee Westwood   England 270 −14 2 strokes   Thomas Bjørn
1998 Sven Strüver   Germany 263 −21 Playoff   Patrik Sjöland
1997 Costantino Rocca   Italy 266 −18 1 stroke   Scott Henderson
  Robert Karlsson
1996 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 260 −24 4 strokes   Sam Torrance
1995 Mathias Grönberg   Sweden 270 −18 2 strokes   Costantino Rocca
  Barry Lane
1994 Eduardo Romero   Argentina 266 −22 1 stroke   Pierre Fulke
1993 Barry Lane   England 270 −18 1 stroke   Seve Ballesteros
  Miguel Ángel Jiménez
1992 Jamie Spence   England 271 −17 Playoff   Anders Forsbrand
Canon European Masters Swiss Open
1991 Jeff Hawkes   South Africa 268 −20 1 stroke   Seve Ballesteros
Ebel European Masters Swiss Open
1990 Ronan Rafferty   Northern Ireland 267 −21 2 strokes   John Bland
1989 Seve Ballesteros (3)   Spain 266 −14 2 strokes   Craig Parry
1988 Chris Moody   England 268 −20 1 stroke   Seve Ballesteros
  Anders Forsbrand
  Ian Woosnam
1987 Anders Forsbrand   Sweden 263 −25 3 strokes   Mark Mouland
1986 José María Olazábal   Spain 262 −26 3 strokes   Anders Forsbrand
1985 Craig Stadler   United States 267 −21 2 strokes   David Feherty
  Ove Sellberg
1984 Jerry Anderson   Canada 261 −27 5 strokes   Howard Clark
1983 Nick Faldo   England 268 −20 Playoff   Sandy Lyle
1982 Ian Woosnam   Wales 272 −16 Playoff   Bill Longmuir
Swiss Open
1981 Manuel Piñero (2)   Spain 277 −11 Playoff   Antonio Garrido
  Tony Johnstone
1980 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 267 −21 6 strokes   Manuel Calero
1979 Hugh Baiocchi   South Africa 275 −5 5 strokes   Antonio Garrido
  Dale Hayes
  Delio Lovato
1978 Seve Ballesteros (2)   Spain 272 −8 3 strokes   Manuel Piñero
1977 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 273 −7 3 strokes   John Schroeder
1976 Manuel Piñero   Spain 274 −6 3 strokes   Dave Hill
  Seve Ballesteros
1975 Dale Hayes   South Africa 273 −7 1 stroke   Tienie Britz
  Bernard Gallacher
  Gary Player
1974 Bob Charles (2)   New Zealand 275 −5 1 stroke   Tony Jacklin
1973 Hugh Baiocchi   South Africa 278 −2 1 stroke   Jack Newton
  Eddie Polland
1972 Graham Marsh   Australia 270 −10 1 stroke   Tony Jacklin
Swiss Open (pre-European Tour)
Year Winner Country Score Winning margin Runner(s)-up
1971 Peter Townsend   England 270 (−10) 1 stroke   Manuel Ballesteros
1970 Graham Marsh   Australia 274 8 strokes   Donald Swaelens
  Jean Garaïalde
1969 Roberto Bernardini (2)   Italy 277   Gerhard Koening
1968 Roberto Bernardini   Italy 272 Playoff   Allan Henning
  Randall Vines
1967 Randall Vines   Australia 272 2 strokes   Guy Wolstenholme
1966 Alfonso Angelini (2)   Italy 271
1965 Harold Henning (3)   South Africa 208
1964 Harold Henning (2)   South Africa 276
1963 Dai Rees (3)   Wales 278 Playoff
1962 Bob Charles   New Zealand 272 Playoff   Flory Van Donck
  John Jacobs
1961 Kel Nagle   Australia 268 2 strokes   Dai Rees
1960 Harold Henning   South Africa 270
1959 Dai Rees (2)   Wales 274 1 stroke   Syd Scott
1958 Ken Bousfield   England 272
1957 Alfonso Angelini   Italy 270
1956 Dai Rees   Wales 278
1955 Flory Van Donck (2)   Belgium 277
1954 Bobby Locke   South Africa 276
1953 Flory Van Donck   Belgium 267
1952 Ugo Grappasonni   Italy 267
1951 Eric Brown   Scotland 267
1950 Aldo Casera   Italy 276 4 strokes   Eric Brown
1949 Marcel Dallemagne (3)   France 270
1948 Ugo Grappasonni   Italy 285
1940–47 No tournament
1939 Fifi Calavo   France 273   James Peterson
1938 Jean Saubaber   France 139
1937 Marcel Dallemagne (2)   France 138
1936 Francis Francis (a)   England 134
1935 Auguste Boyer (3)   France 137
1934 Auguste Boyer (2)   France 133
1932–33 No tournament
1931 Marcel Dallemagne   France 145
1930 Auguste Boyer   France 150
1929 Alex Wilson   England 142
1927–28 No tournament
1926 Alec Ross (3)   Scotland 145
1925 Alec Ross (2)   Scotland 148
1924 Percy Boomer   Jersey 150
1923 Alec Ross   Scotland 149
1905 Arthur Reid   England 155 13 strokes   Bernard Callaway

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Omega European Masters makes further golfing history". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Wie accepts European Tour invite". BBC Sport. 15 May 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Wie's tour future in doubt after second-round 79". Irish Examiner. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  4. ^ Donegan, Lawrence (9 September 2006). "European Tour chief calls a Wie time-out as teenager crashes". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2009.

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