- Open de Andalucia
Open de Andalucia de Golf Tournament information Location Andalusia, Spain Established 2007 Course(s) Parador de Málaga Golf Par 70 Length 6,817 yards (6,233 m) Tour(s) European Tour Format Stroke play Prize fund €1,000,000 Month played March Tournament record score Aggregate 263 Louis Oosthuizen (2010) To par -20 Lee Westwood (2007) Current champion Paul Lawrie
Between 1992 and 1995, and again in 1999, former European Tour event, the Turespana Masters, was held in the Andalusia region and titled as the Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia, with winners including future major champion and World Number 1 Vijay Singh, and local favourite Miguel Ángel Jiménez.
This incarnation of the Open de Andalucia owes its origins indirectly to the PGA Tour's decision to reschedule The Players Championship from March to May. In response, the European Tour decided to move the British Masters, which is one of its higher profile tournaments, from that same week in May to a September slot when more top players would be available. The Valle Romano Open de Andalucia was created to fill the gap in the schedule this move created. It has been promoted by the personal companies of the Spanish European Tour members Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño.
At the 2009 Open de Andalucia, European Ryder Cup veteran Colin Montgomerie became the 18th player to reach the 500 appearance mark on the European Tour. He started the tournament impressively with a five under par 67, for a share of second place after the first round. His challenge faded however, and he finished tied for 31st place at level par, 14 strokes behind the winner, Søren Kjeldsen of Denmark. Kjeldsen had broken the course record with a 10 under par 62 on Saturday to move into the lead, and a level par final round of 72 on Sunday was enough to see off the challenge of Scot David Drysdale by three strokes.
Year Venue Winner Country Score Margin Runner(s)-up Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines 2011 Parador de Málaga Golf Paul Lawrie Scotland 268 (−12) 1 stroke Johan Edfors Open de Andalucia de Golf 2010 Parador de Málaga Golf Louis Oosthuizen South Africa 263 (−17) 3 strokes Richard Finch, Peter Whiteford Open de Andalucía 2009 Real Club de Golf de Sevilla Søren Kjeldsen Denmark 274 (−14) 3 strokes David Drysdale MAPFRE Open de Andalucía by Valle Romano 2008 Aloha Golf Club Thomas Levet France 272 (−16) Playoff (1 hole) Oliver Fisher Valle Romano Open de Andalucia 2007 Aloha Golf Club Lee Westwood England 268 (−20) 2 strokes Fredrik Andersson Hed, Phillip Archer
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