Open de France Winners and History

open de france logoThe 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.

imageEngland’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:

Year Venue Winner Country Score
Alstom Open de France
2018 Le Golf National Alexander Noren England 277(-7)
2017 Le Golf National Tommy Fleetwood England 272(-12)
2016 Le Golf National Thongchai Jaidee Thailand 273 (-11)
2015 Le Golf National Bernd Weisberger Austria 271 (-13)
2014 Le Golf National  Graeme McDowell (2)  Northern Ireland  279 (-5)
2013 Le Golf National Graeme McDowell Northern Ireland 275 (−9)
2012 Le Golf National Marcel Siem Germany 276 (−8)
2011 Le Golf National Thomas Levet France 277 (−7)
2010 Le Golf National Miguel Ángel Jiménez Spain 273 (−11)PO
Open de France ALSTOM
2009 Le Golf National Martin Kaymer Germany 271 (−13)PO
2008 Le Golf National Pablo Larrazábal Spain 269 (−15)
2007 Le Golf National Graeme Storm England 277 (−7)
2006 Le Golf National John Bickerton England 273 (−11)
Open de France
2005 Le Golf National Jean-François Remésy (2) France 273 (−11)PO
2004 Le Golf National Jean-François Remésy France 272 (−12)
2003 Le Golf National Philip Golding England 273 (−15)
Novotel Perrier Open de France
2002 Le Golf National  Malcolm MacKenzie England 274 (−14)
2001 Lyon José María Olazábal Spain 268 (−12)
2000 Le Golf National Colin Montgomerie Scotland 272 (−16)
1999 Médoc Retief Goosen (2) South Africa 272 (−12)PO
Peugeot Open de France
1998 Le Golf National  Sam Torrance Scotland 276 (−12)
1997 Le Golf National Retief Goosen South Africa 271 (−17)
1996 Le Golf National Robert Allenby Australia 272 (−16)PO
1995 Le Golf National Paul Broadhurst England 274 (−14)
1994 Le Golf National Mark Roe England 274 (−14)
1993 Le Golf National Costantino Rocca Italy 273 (−11)PO
1992 Le Golf National Miguel Ángel Martín Spain 276 (−8)
1991 Le Golf National  Eduardo Romero Argentina 281 (−7)
1990 Chantilly Philip Walton Republic of Ireland 275 (−5)PO
1989 Chantilly  Nick Faldo (3) England 273 (−7)
1988 Chantilly Nick Faldo (2) England 274 (−6)
1987 Saint-Cloud  José Rivero Spain 269 (−19)
1986 La Boulie Seve Ballesteros (4) Spain 269 (−19)
1985 Saint-Germain Seve Ballesteros (3) Spain 263 (−21)
1984 Saint-Cloud Bernhard Langer Germany 270 (−18)
Paco Rabanne Open de France
1983 La Boulie Nick Faldo England 277 (−11)PO
1982 Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche Seve Ballesteros (2) Spain 278 (−10)
1981 Saint-Germain Sandy Lyle Scotland 270 (−14)
1980 Saint-Cloud Greg Norman Australia 268 (−20)
French Open
1979 Lyon  Bernard Gallacher Scotland 284 (−8)
1978 La Baule Dale Hayes South Africa 269 (−19)
1977 Le Touquet Seve Ballesteros Spain 282 (−6)
1976 Le Touquet Vincent Tshabalala South Africa 272 (−16)
1975 La Boulie Brian Barnes Scotland 281 (−7)
1974 Chantilly Peter Oosterhuis (2) England 284 (+4)
1973 La Boulie Peter Oosterhuis England 280 (−4)
1972 Biarritz & La Nivelle Barry Jaeckel United States 265 (−23)PO
1971 Biarritz & La Nivelle Liang-Huan Taiwan 262 (−10)
Open de France
1970 Biarritz & Chantaco David Graham Australia 268
1969 Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche Jean Garaïalde France 277 PO
1968 Saint-Cloud Peter Butler England 272
1967 Saint-Germain Bernard Hunt England 271
1966 La Boulie Denis Hutchinson South Africa 274
1965 Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche Ramón Sota Spain 268
1964 Chantilly Roberto De Vicenzo (3) Argentina 272PO
1963 Saint-Cloud Bruce Devlin Australia 273
1962 Saint-Germain Alan Murray Australia 274
1961 La Boulie Kel Nagle Australia 271
1960 Saint-Cloud Roberto De Vicenzo (2) Argentina 275
1959 La Boulie Dave Thomas Wales 276
1958 Saint-Germain Flory Van Donck (3) Belgium 276PO
1957 Saint-Cloud Flory Van Donck (2) Belgium 266
1956 Deauville Ángel Miguel Spain 277
1955 La Boulie  Byron Nelson United States 271
1954 Saint-Cloud Flory Van Donck Belgium 275
1953 La Boulie Bobby Locke (2) South Africa 276
1952 Saint-Germain Bobby Locke South Africa 268
1951 Saint-Cloud Hassan Hassanein Egypt 278
1950 Chantilly Roberto De Vicenzo Argentina 279
1949 Saint-Germain Ugo Grappasonni Italy 275
1948 Saint-Cloud Firmin Cavalo France 287
1947 Chantilly Henry Cotton (2) England 285
1946 Saint-Cloud Henry Cotton England 269
1940–45 No tournament due to World War II
1939 Le Touquet Martin Pose Argentina 285
1938 Fourqueux Marcel Dallemagne (3) France 282
1937 Saint-Cloud Marcel Dallemagne (2) France 278
1936 Saint-Germain Marcel Dallemagne France 277 PO
1935 Le Touquet  Sid Brews (2) South Africa 293
1934 Dieppe Sid Brews South Africa 284
1933 Chantilly Bert Gadd England 283
1932 Saint-Cloud Arthur Lacey England 295
1931 Deauville Aubrey Boomer (5) England 291
1930 Dieppe Ernest Whitcombe England 282
1929 Fourqueux Aubrey Boomer (4) England 283
1928 La Boulie Cyril Tolley (amateur) (2) England 283
1927 Saint-Germain George Duncan (2) Scotland 299
1926 Saint-Cloud Aubrey Boomer (3) England 280
1925 Chantilly Arnaud Massy (4) France 291 PO
1924 La Boulie Cyril Tolley (amateur) England 290
1923 Dieppe James Ockenden England 288
1922 La Boulie Aubrey Boomer (2) England 286
1921 Le Touquet Aubrey Boomer England 284 PO
1920 La Boulie Walter Hagen United States 298 PO
1915–19 No tournament due to World War I
1914 Le Touquet James Douglas Edgar England 288
1913 Chantilly George Duncan Scotland 304
1912 La Boulie Jean Gassiat France 289
1911 La Boulie Arnaud Massy (3) France 284
1910 La Boulie James Braid Scotland 298
1909 La Boulie John Henry Taylor (2) England 293
1908 La Boulie John Henry Taylor England 300
1907 La Boulie Arnaud Massy (2) France 298
1906 La Boulie Arnaud Massy France 292

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