Open de France

The Open de France is a European Tour golf tournament. Inaugurated in 1906 it is the oldest national open in Continental Europe and has been part of the European Tour's schedule since the tour's inception in 1972. The 100th edition of the event was held in 2016.

Amundi Open de France
Tournament information
LocationParis, France
Course(s)Le Golf National
Length7,247 yards (6,627 m)
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund1,600,000
Month playedOctober
Tournament record score
Aggregate262 Lu Liang-Huan (1971)
To par−21 Seve Ballesteros (1985)
Current champion
Nicolas Colsaerts
Location Map
Le Golf National
Location in France
Le Golf National
Location in Île-de-France
Open de France Trophy

Originally played at La Boulie, the tournament has been hosted by many different venues, but since 1991, it has been held at the Le Golf National near Paris every year except for 1999 and 2001.

Since the turn of the Millennium the Fédération Française de Golf has made a concerted effort 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 were 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). The prize fund was €3 million in 2015 and €3.5 million in 2016. It rose to US$7,000,000 in 2017 after joining the new Rolex Series. Starting in 2019, the tournament will take place in October. It also will no longer be a Rolex Series event.[1]

From 2014 to 2018, it was one of the Open Qualifying Series events for The Open Championship with the leading three (four in 2016) players, who had not already qualified, qualifying for the Open.

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