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Omega European Masters Golf Tournament

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Seve Ballesteros won the European Masters three times

Seve Ballesteros was a 3-time winner of the European Masters tournament.

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About the Omega European Masters:

The European Tour visits Switzerland every year for the Omega European Masters, the event that historically was known as the Swiss Open. It was first played in 1923 and has been part of the Euro Tour schedule since the inaugural season of 1972. "Swiss Open" was last part of the tournament name in 1991.
2014 Omega European Masters
• When: Sept. 4-7
• Where: Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland

2013 Tournament
Thomas Bjorn defeated Craig Lee on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to capture the victory. Bjorn, who also won the 2011 European Masters, shot 65 in the final round to tie Lee at 20-under 264. Then Bjorn won it with a birdie on the first extra hole. It was Bjorn's 14th career win on the European Tour.

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European Tour tournament site

Omega European Masters Tournament Records:

  • 18 holes: 60 - Jamie Spence, 1992; Baldovino Dassu, 1971
  • 72 holes: 260 - Colin Montgomerie, 1996

Omega European Masters Golf Courses:

Crans-sur-Sierre first hosted the European Masters in 1939. Because of World War II, the tournament wasn't next played until 1948, but Crans-sur-Sierre has been the tournament course ever since.

At the time the tournament was first played, 1923, there were only 11 golf courses in Switzerland according to the event's official website. The oldest of them, Engadine-Samedan, was the site of that first tournament.

Omega European Masters Trivia and Notes:

  • In 1971, Italian rookie Baldovino Dassu fired a 60 in this tournament, credited as the first 60 in European Tour history (although the European Tour didn't actually form until 1972).

  • Seve Ballesteros set the tournament record for youngest winner in 1977. Ballesteros was 20 years, 99 days old. It was his fourth career victory on the European Tour.
  • Ballesteros is one of five golfers who share the European Masters record for most wins with three each. In addition to 1977, Ballesteros also won in 1978 and 1989. The other 3-time winners are Alex Ross, who won the first Swiss Open in 1923 and also won in 1925-26; Auguste Boyer (1930, 1934-35); Dai Rees (1956, 1959, 1963); and Harold Henning (1960, 1964-65).

  • In 1978, Jose Maria Canizares became the first player in European Tour history to shoot 27 over nine holes.
  • Nick Price's first win outside of the Sunshine Tour - and his second professional win overall - was at the 1980 Swiss Open.

  • Ian Woosnam is another golfer whose first European Tour victory happened in the tournament now known as the European Masters. Woosnam's maiden win was here in 1982.

  • Yet another European star who got his first victory in this tournament was Jose Maria Olazabal, in 1986.

  • In 1992, Jamie Spence set the tournament record for largest final-round comeback, surging from 10 strokes behind to win. How'd he do it? By tying the European Tour 18-hole record with a 60.

Omega European Masters Winners:

(a-amateur; p-won playoff; w-weather shortened)

Omega European Masters
2013 - Thomas Bjorn-p, 264
2012 - Richie Ramsay, 267
2011 - Thomas Bjorn, 264
2010 - Miguel Angel Jimenez, 263
2009 - Alexander Noren, 264
2008 - Jean-François Lucquin-p, 271
2007 - Brett Rumford-p, 268
2006 - Bradley Dredge, 267
2005 - Sergio Garcia, 270
2004 - Luke Donald, 265
2003 - Ernie Els, 267
2002 - Robert Karlsson, 270
2001 - Ricardo Gonzalez, 268

Canon European Masters
2000 - Eduardo Romero, 261
1999 - Lee Westwood, 270
1998 - Sven Struver-p, 263
1997 - Costantino Rocca, 266
1996 - Colin Montgomerie, 260
1995 - Mathias Gronberg, 270
1994 - Eduardo Romero, 266
1993 - Barry Lane, 270
1992 - Jamie Spence-p, 271

Canon European Masters Swiss Open
1991 - Jeff Hawkes, 268

Ebel European Masters Swiss Open
1990 - Ronan Rafferty, 267
1989 - Seve Ballesteros, 266
1988 - Chris Moody, 268
1987 - Anders Forsbrand, 263
1986 - Jose Maria Olazabal, 262
1985 - Craig Stadler, 267
1984 - Jerry Anderson, 261
1983 - Nick Faldo-p, 268
1982 - Ian Woosnam-p, 272

Swiss Open
1981 - Manuel Pinero-p, 277
1980 - Nick Price, 267
1979 - Hugh Baiocchi, 275
1978 - Seve Ballesteros, 272
1977 - Seve Ballesteros, 273
1976 - Manuel Pinero, 274
1975 - Dale Hayes, 273
1974 - Bob Charles, 275
1973 - Hugh Baiocchi, 278
1972 - Graham Marsh, 270
1971 - Peter Townsend, 270
1970 - Graham Marsh, 274
1969 - Roberto Bernardini, 277
1968 - Roberto Bernardini-p, 272
1967 - Randall Vines, 272
1966 - Alfonso Angelini, 271
1965 - Harold Henning, 208-w
1964 - Harold Henning, 276
1963 - Dai Rees-p, 278
1962 - Bob Charles-p, 272
1961 - Kel Nagle, 268
1960 - Harold Henning, 270
1959 - Dai Rees, 274
1958 - Ken Bousfield, 272
1957 - Alfonso Angelini, 270
1956 - Dai Rees, 278
1955 - Flory Van Donck, 277
1954 - Bobby Locke, 276
1953 - Flory Van Donck, 267
1952 - Ugo Grappasonni, 267
1951 - Eric Brown, 267
1950 - Aldo Casera, 276
1949 - Marcel Dallemagne
1948 - Ugo Grappasonni
1940–47 - Not played
1939 - Fifi Calavo
1938 - Jean Saubaber
1937 - Marcel Dallemagne
1936 - a-Francis Francis
1935 - Auguste Boyer
1934 - Auguste Boyer
1932-33 - Not played
1931 - Marcel Dallemagne
1930 - Auguste Boyer
1929 - Alex Wilson
1927–28 - Not played
1926 - Alex Ross
1925 - Alex Ross
1924 - Percy Boomer
1923 - Alex Ross

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