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Trophée Lancôme

The Trophée Lancôme was a professional golf tournament which was staged in Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, France from 1970 to 2003.

Trophée Lancôme
LocationFrance
Established1970
Course(s)Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Final year2003
Aggregate263 Vijay Singh (1994)
To par−24 Ian Woosnam (1987)
South Africa Retief Goosen

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.

WinnersEdit

European Tour event (1982–2003)
Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
2003 Retief Goosen (2)   South Africa 266 −18 4 strokes   Paul McGinley
2002 Alex Čejka   Germany 272 −12 2 strokes   Carlos Rodiles
2001 Sergio García   Spain 266 −18 1 stroke   Retief Goosen
2000 Retief Goosen   South Africa 271 −13 1 stroke   Michael Campbell
  Darren Clarke
1999 Pierre Fulke   Sweden 270 −14 1 stroke   Ignacio Garrido
1998 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain 273 −11 2 strokes   David Duval
  Mark O'Meara
  Jarmo Sandelin
  Greg Turner
1997 Mark O'Meara   United States 271 −13 1 stroke   Jarmo Sandelin
1996 Jesper Parnevik   Sweden 268 −12 5 strokes   Colin Montgomerie
1995 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 269 −11 1 stroke   Sam Torrance
1994 Vijay Singh   Fiji 263 −17 1 stroke   Miguel Ángel Jiménez
1993 Ian Woosnam (2)   Wales 267 −13 2 strokes   Sam Torrance
1992 Mark Roe   England 267 −13 2 strokes   Vicente Fernández
1991 Frank Nobilo   New Zealand 267 −13 1 stroke   Ian Baker-Finch
  Peter Fowler
  David Gilford
  Jamie Spence
1990 José María Olazábal   Spain 269 −11 1 stroke   Colin Montgomerie
1989 Eduardo Romero   Argentina 266 −22 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer
  José María Olazábal
1988 Seve Ballesteros (4)   Spain 269 −15 4 strokes   José María Olazábal
1987 Ian Woosnam   Wales 264 −24 2 strokes   Mark McNulty
1986 Seve Ballesteros (3)
Bernhard Langer
  Spain
  West Germany
274 −14 Due to darkness, ended in
tie after four-hole playoff
1985 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 275 −13 Playoff   Mark James
1984 Sandy Lyle   Scotland 278 −10 Playoff   Seve Ballesteros
1983 Seve Ballesteros (2)   Spain 269 −19 4 strokes   Corey Pavin
1982 David Graham (2)   Australia 276 −12 2 strokes   Seve Ballesteros
Unofficial money event (1970–1981)
Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
1981 David Graham   Australia 280 −8 5 strokes   Isao Aoki
  Sandy Lyle
[1]
1980 Lee Trevino (2)   United States 280 −8 4 strokes   Gary Hallberg [2]
1979 Johnny Miller (2)   United States 281 −7 3 strokes   Sandy Lyle
  Lee Trevino
[3]
1978 Lee Trevino   United States 272 −16 5 strokes   Gary Player
  Tom Watson
[4]
1977 Graham Marsh   Australia 273 −15 Playoff   Seve Ballesteros [5]
1976 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 283 −5 1 stroke   Arnold Palmer [6]
1975 Gary Player   South Africa 278 −10 6 strokes   Lanny Wadkins [7]
1974 Billy Casper   United States 283 −5 3 strokes   Hale Irwin [8]
1973 Johnny Miller   United States 277 −11 3 strokes   Valentín Barrios [9]
1972 Tommy Aaron   United States 279 −9 3 strokes   Tom Weiskopf [10]
1971 Arnold Palmer   United States 202 −14 2 strokes   Gary Player [11]
1970 Tony Jacklin   England 206 −10 1 stroke   Arnold Palmer
  Ramón Sota
[12]

Multiple winnersEdit

  • 4 wins: Seve Ballesteros (including one shared)
  • 2 wins: Retief Goosen, David Graham, Lee Trevino, Ian Woosnam

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "U.S. Open Champion David Graham". The Glasgow Herald. 19 October 1981. p. 16.
  2. ^ "Caddy 'reads' Trevino win". The Glasgow Herald. 20 October 1980. p. 22.
  3. ^ "Johnny comes marching home after 3 lean years". The Glasgow Herald. 29 October 1979. p. 20.
  4. ^ "Trevino wins with record". The Glasgow Herald. 23 October 1978. p. 22.
  5. ^ "Marsh wins again". The Glasgow Herald. 17 October 1977. p. 19.
  6. ^ "Ballesteros wins Lancome". The Glasgow Herald. 18 October 1976. p. 17.
  7. ^ "Player finishes well clear of field". The Times. 13 October 1975. p. 9.
  8. ^ "Casper survives bad start". The Glasgow Herald. 7 October 1974. p. 5.
  9. ^ "Lancome win for Miller". The Glasgow Herald. 8 October 1973. p. 7.
  10. ^ "Aaron nine under par for victory". The Times. 9 October 1972. p. 6.
  11. ^ "Palmer proves game has lost none of its effectiveness". The Glasgow Herald. 18 October 1971. p. 5.
  12. ^ "Eagle-birdie finish gives Jacklin dramatic victory". The Glasgow Herald. 19 October 1970. p. 5.

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