PGA European - Reale Seguros Open de Espana Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 6th
SITE: Real Club de Golf de Sevilla, Seville, Spain
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jose Maria Olazabal (1992)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,134
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 398 Yds10 - Par 4 422 Yds
2 - Par 4 451 Yds11 - Par 3 198 Yds
3 - Par 3 168 Yds12 - Par 4 379 Yds
4 - Par 4 436 Yds13 - Par 5 517 Yds
5 - Par 5 514 Yds14 - Par 4 428 Yds
6 - Par 4 451 Yds15 - Par 4 437 Yds
7 - Par 3 231 Yds16 - Par 5 522 Yds
8 - Par 4 379 Yds17 - Par 3 226 Yds
9 - Par 5 545 Yds18 - Par 4 432 Yds
36 3,573 Yds36 3,561 Yds
Annual:  86th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Thomas Aiken
Runner-Up:  Anders Hansen
Tournament Record:  262 (Mark James, 1988)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Mark James, 1988)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Richard Boxall, 1988)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Wayne Riley, 1988 - Pedrena Golf Club)
Total Purse:  $2,647,320 (2,000,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $438,495; 2nd Place - $292,330; 3rd Place - $164,700
2011 Finish
Thomas Aiken278Simon Dyson282
Anders Hansen280Gregory Havret282
Pablo Larrazabal281Paul Lawrie282
Scott Jamieson281David Horsey282
Phillip Price282Romain Wattel282
Past Reale Seguros Open de Espana Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Thomas Aiken (278) -- Anders Hansen
2010*Alvaro Quiros (277) -- James Morrison
2009Thomas Levet (270) -- Fabrizio Zanotti
2008*Peter Lawrie (273) -- Ignacio Garrido
2007Charl Schwartzel (272) -- Jyoti Randhawa
2006*Niclas Fasth (270) -- John Bickerton
2005*Peter Hanson (280) -- Peter Gustafsson
2004Christian Cevaer (271) -- David Park, Ricardo Gonzalez, Peter Hedblom
2003*Kenneth Ferrie (266) -- Peter Lawrie, Peter Hedblom
2002Sergio Garcia (275) - Emanuele Canonica
2001Robert Karlsson (277) -- Jean-Francois Remesy
2000Brian Davis (274) -- Markus Brier
1999Jarmo Sandelin (267) -- Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul McGinley,
Ignacio Garrido
1998Thomas Bjorn (267) -- Greg Chalmers, Jose Maria Olazabal
1997*Mark James (277) -- Greg Norman
1996Padraig Harrington (272) -- Gordon Brand Jr
1995Seve Ballesteros (274) -- Jose Rivero, Ignacio Garrido
1994Colin Montgomerie (277) -- Richard Boxall, Mark Roe, Mark McNulty
1993Joakim Haeggman (275) -- Nick Faldo, Ernie Els
1992Andrew Sherborne (271) -- Nick Faldo
1991*Eduardo Romero (275) -- Seve Ballesteros
1990Rodger Davis (277) -- Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Peter Fowler
1989Bernhard Langer (281) -- Paul Carrigill, Jose Maria Canizares
1988Mark James (262) -- Nick Faldo
1987Nick Faldo (286) -- Hugh Baiocchi, Seve Ballesteros
1986Howard Clark (272) -- Ian Baker-Finch
1985Seve Ballesteros (266) -- Gordon Brand Jr
1984Bernhard Langer (275) -- Howard Clark
1983Eamonn Darcy (277) -- Manuel Pinero
1982Sam Torrance (273) -- Roger Chapman, Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam
1981Seve Ballesteros (273) -- Steve Martin
1980Eddie Polland (276) -- Seve Ballesteros, Mark James
1979Dale Hayes (278) -- Brian Barnes
1978Brian Barnes (276) -- Howard Clark
1977Bernard Gallacher (277) -- Francisco Abreu
1976Eddie Polland (282) -- Bob Shearer
1975Arnold Palmer (283) -- John Fourie
1974Jerry Heard (279) -- Gary Player
1973Neil Coles (282) -- Tienie Britz, Craig Defoy
1972*Antonio Garrido (293) -- Valentin Barrios
1971Dale Hayes (275) -- Roberto de Vicenzo
1970Angel Gallardo (284)
1969Jean Garaialde (283)
1968R.Shaw (286)
1967Sebastian Miguel (265)
1966Roberto de Vicenzo (279)
1965Not Held
1964Angel Miguel (272)
1963Ramon Sota (287)
1962Not Held
1961Angel Miguel (267)
1960Sebastian Miguel (286)
1959Peter Thomson (286)
1958Peter Alliss (268)
1957Max Faulkner (283)
1956Peter Alliss (285)
1955(a) H. de Lamaze (271)
1954Sebastian Miguel (268)
1953Max Faulkner (NA)
1952Max Faulkner (275)
1951M.Provencio (281)
1950A.Cerda (NA)
1949M.Morcillo (280)
1948M.Morcillo (268)
1947(a) M.Gonzalez (272)
1946M.Morcillo (281)
1945C.Celles (274)
1944N.Sagardia (NA)
1943M.Provencio (286)
1942G.Gonzalez (264)
1941M.Provencio (283)
1940Not Held
1939Not Held
1938Not Held
1937Not Held
1936Not Held
1935Angel de la Torre (NA)
1934J.Bernardino (NA)
1933Gabriel Gonzalez (NA)
1932Gabriel Gonzalez (NA)
1931Not Held
1930J.Bernardino (NA)
1929E.Lafitte (NA)
1928Arnaud Massy (NA)
1927Arnaud Massy (NA)
1926J.Bernardino (NA)
1925Angel de la Torre (NA)
1924Not Held
1923Angel de la Torre (NA)
1922Not Held
1921E.Lafitte (NA)
1920Not Held
1919Angel de la Torre (NA)
1918Not Held
1917Angel de la Torre (NA)
1916Angel de la Torre (NA)
1915Not Held
1914Not Held
1913Not Held
1912Arnaud Massy (NA)
Note:Formerly called Open de Espana (2007-11), Andalucia Open de Espana Valle
Romano (2006), Jazztel Open de Espana en Andalucia (2005), Canarias Open de Espana (2002-04), Via Digital Open de Espana (2001), Peugeot Open de Espana (1994, 97-2000), Peugeot Spanish Open (1986-93, 95-96), Benson & Hedges Spanish Open (1980-85), Spanish Open (1971-79).

Top Contenders in the Field
Thomas Aiken------------------T-47---mcWon
Anders HansenT-38T-32---------------mc---2nd
Pablo Larrazabal------------------mcT-60T-57T-3
Paul Lawriemc------T-12---T-31---T-45T-6T-5
Simon Dysonmcmc---mc---T-4mc---T-17T-5
R. Cabrera-Bello---mcT-40---mcmcT-72T-6T-37T-11
Alexander Noren---------------T-23T-10---T-69T-11
Thomas Levet------74th---------mcWon81stT-11
Gregory Bourdy---------T-51mcT-8mcT-8T-10T-15
Niclas Fasth---------T-67WonT-31T-10T-24mcT-15
Christian Cevaer---mcWonmc---mc---T-52mcT-15
Peter Lawrie---T-2mcT-3T-32T-20WonT-3mcT-22
Robert Rock---------T-5166thmcT-54T-31T-57T-29
Matteo Manassero---------------------------T-29
James Morrison------------------------2ndT-36
Colin Montgomerie------------T-28---T-70mcT-53T-36
Miguel A. JimenezT-18T-19------T-39T-52T-4T-31T-17T-46
Ignacio GarridoT-38mc---mcT-56T-522ndmcT-17T-46
Richie Ramsay---------------------mcT-37T-50
Jose M. Olazabal---T-10mc------------------T-56
Alvaro Quiros---T-63---mcT-39mcT-37T-17Wonmc
George Coetzee------------------------mcmc
Francesco Molinari---------mcT-16------T-11T-27---
G. Fdez-Castano---mc---mcT-56T-44mcT-48T-30---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - George Coetzee
Darkhorse - Alexander Noren
Last Week's Pick to Win (Adam Scott) - Finished tied for 12th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Victor Dubuisson) - Finished tied for 3rd
The Spanish Open heads to Seville and the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla, as Thomas Aiken attempts to become the first back-to-back winner in 59 years. Five of the top-50 players in the world rankings are in the field this week - Simon Dyson (36), 2010 champion Alvaro Quiros (38), Anders Hansen (41), Paul Lawrie (43) and Francesco Molinari (46).

Quiros leads the Spanish contingent along with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Pablo Larrazabal and Jose Maria Olazabal. Quiros has one at least one European Tour event all five years he has been on tour (2007-11). Quiros won this event the last time it was held at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla in 2010.

The Open de Espana is a championship rich in tradition. Started in 1912, it is the fifth oldest national Open Championship in Europe. In 1972, this tournament became the first official European Tour event. It was staged at Pals and won by Antonio Garrido, who overcame Valentin Barrios in a playoff.

Last year, South Africa's Thomas Aiken carded rounds of 68-68-72-70 and collected his first European Tour victory. Aiken finished at 10-under 278 and won by two strokes over Anders Hansen at Real Club de Golf El Prat. Aiken dedicated the victory to Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros, who passed away on the Saturday of the tournament after battling a brain tumor.

Max Faulkner was the last player to win this title two straight years, accomplishing the feat in 1952-53. Ballesteros is a three-time winner and has been runner-up three times. The European Tour's all-time wins leader's last victory came here in 1995.

In 2010, Quiros parred the first playoff hole to defeat James Morrison and win his national title. Quiros became the first Spaniard since 2002 to win this title and fourth since the birth of the European Tour, joining Antonio Garrido, Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia. The 2010 playoff was the eighth in tournament history.

In 2008, Peter Lawrie won his first European Tour title when Ignacio Garrido's approach on the second playoff hole found water. Lawrie, who lost in a playoff here in 2003, only needed a par on the second extra hole to secure the victory. The tandem finished regulation at 15-under-par 273.

In 2006, Niclas Fasth birdied the fourth sudden-death playoff hole to beat John Bickerton. Fasth became the fifth Swedish player to capture this event, joining Joakim Haeggman (1993), Jarmo Sandelin (1999), Robert Karlsson (2001) and Peter Hanson (2005).

In 2003 at Golf Costa Adeje, the cut was 138 (-6), which set a European Tour record for lowest 36-hole cut. That mark was tied at the 2005 TCL Classic.

When Neil Coles captured the event in 1973, he became the only wire-to-wire winner of the tournament. Arnold Palmer's victory in 1975 made him the oldest champion at 45 years and 221 days. Dale Hayes was the youngest winner when he won in 1971 at 18 years and 290 days.

Next up for the European Tour will be the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal, where Michael Hoey won the 2011 title.

05/01 16:54:37 ET

As of May 1, 2012, at 04:54 PM ET

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