Open de France Winners and History

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The Open de France is the oldest national golf open in continental Europe, having been inaugurated in 1906. It has been on the European Tour schedule since that tour’s beginning in 1972.

Since 1991, the Open de France has been held at Le Golf National every year but 1999 and 2001.

In recent years, the Fédération Française de Golf has worked 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 are 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). For 2010 and 2011 the prize fund was reduced to €3 million.

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England’s Aubrey Boomer holds the record with five French Open titles, with the last coming in 1931. Seve Ballesteros won four.

Of interest to American audiences is that Byron Nelson won the title in 1955.

Title Sponsor Alstom is a French multinational corporation which focuses on electricity and rail transport.

A complete list of Open de France winners follows:

YearWinnerScoreTo parMargin
Open de France
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2020COVID
Amundi Open De France
2019Nicolas Colsaerts272−121 stroke
HNA Open de France
2018Alex Norén277−71 stroke
2017Tommy Fleetwood272−121 stroke
Open de France
2016Thongchai Jaidee273−114 strokes
Alstom Open de France
2015Bernd Wiesberger271−133 strokes
2014 Graeme McDowell (2)279−51 stroke
2013 Graeme McDowell275−94 strokes
2012 Marcel Siem276−81 stroke
2011Thomas Levet277−71 stroke
2010 Miguel Ángel Jiménez273−11Playoff
Open de France Alstom
2009Martin Kaymer271−13Playoff
2008Pablo Larrazábal269−154 strokes
2007Graeme Storm277−71 stroke
2006 John Bickerton273−111 stroke
Open de France
2005 Jean-François Remésy (2)273−11Playoff
2004Jean-François Remésy272−127 strokes
2003 Philip Golding273−151 stroke
Novotel Perrier Open de France
2002 Malcolm MacKenzie274−141 stroke
2001José María Olazábal268−122 strokes
2000Colin Montgomerie272−162 strokes
1999Retief Goosen (2)272−12Playoff
Peugeot Open de France
1998Sam Torrance276−122 strokes
1997Retief Goosen271−173 strokes
1996Robert Allenby272−16Playoff
1995 Paul Broadhurst274−148 strokes
1994 Mark Roe274−141 stroke
1993 Costantino Rocca273−11Playoff
1992 Miguel Ángel Martín276−82 strokes
1991 Eduardo Romero281−72 strokes
1990 Philip Walton275−5Playoff
1989 Nick Faldo (3)273−71 stroke
1988 Nick Faldo (2)274−62 strokes
1987 José Rivero269−191 stroke
1986 Seve Ballesteros (4)269−191 stroke
1985 Seve Ballesteros (3)263−212 strokes
1984 Bernhard Langer270−181 stroke
Paco Rabanne Open de France
1983 Nick Faldo277−11Playoff
1982 Seve Ballesteros (2)278−104 strokes
1981 Sandy Lyle270−144 strokes
1980 Greg Norman268−2010 strokes
French Open
1979 Bernard Gallacher284−81 stroke
1978 Dale Hayes269−1911 strokes
1977 Seve Ballesteros282−63 strokes
1976 Vincent Tshabalala272−162 strokes
1975 Brian Barnes281−32 strokes
1974 Peter Oosterhuis (2)28442 strokes
1973 Peter Oosterhuis280−41 stroke
1972 Barry Jaeckel265−11Playoff
1971 Lu Liang-Huan262−102 strokes
Open de France
1970 David Graham2681 stroke
1969 Jean Garaïalde277Playoff
1968 Peter Butler2724 strokes
1967 Bernard Hunt2713 strokes
1966 Denis Hutchinson2741 stroke
1965 Ramón Sota2681 stroke
1964 Roberto De Vicenzo (3)272Playoff
1963 Bruce Devlin2734 strokes
1962 Alan Murray2741 stroke
1961 Kel Nagle2714 strokes
1960 Roberto De Vicenzo (2)2753 strokes
1959 Dave Thomas2763 strokes
1958 Flory Van Donck (3)276Playoff
1957 Flory Van Donck (2)2668 strokes
1956 Ángel Miguel2774 strokes
1955 Byron Nelson2712 strokes
1954 Flory Van Donck2751 stroke
1953 Bobby Locke (2)2762 strokes
1952 Bobby Locke2688 strokes
1951Hassan Hassanein2738 strokes
1950 Roberto De Vicenzo2795 strokes
1949 Ugo Grappasonni2754 strokes
1948 Firmin Cavalo Jr.2872 strokes
1947 Henry Cotton (2)2853 strokes
1946 Henry Cotton26915 strokes
1940 – 1945No Tournament WWII
1939 Martin Pose2851 stroke
1938 Marcel Dallemagne (3)2825 strokes
1937 Marcel Dallemagne (2)2783 strokes
1936 Marcel Dallemagne277Playoff
1935 Sid Brews (2)2933 strokes
1934 Sid Brews2842 strokes
1933 Bert Gadd2833 strokes
1932 Arthur Lacey2954 strokes
1931Aubrey Boomer (5)2912 strokes
1930 Ernest Whitcombe2821 stroke
1929Aubrey Boomer (4)283Playoff
1928 Cyril Tolley (a) (2)2831 stroke
1927 George Duncan (2)2992 strokes
1926Aubrey Boomer (3)2805 strokes
1925 Arnaud Massy (4)291Playoff
1924 Cyril Tolley (a)2903 strokes
1923 James Ockenden2882 strokes
1922Aubrey Boomer (2)2869 strokes
1921Aubrey Boomer284Playoff
1920 Walter Hagen298Playoff
1915-1919No Tournament – WWI
1914 James Douglas Edgar2886 strokes
1913 George Duncan3043 strokes
1912 Jean Gassiat2891 stroke
1911 Arnaud Massy (3)2847 strokes
1910 James Braid2982 strokes
1909 John Henry Taylor (2)2931 stroke
1908 John Henry Taylor3004 strokes
1907 Arnaud Massy (2)2982 strokes
1906 Arnaud Massy29211 strokes
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