European Golf Tour
PGA European - Open de Espana Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 5th through Sunday, May 8th
SITE: Real Club de Golf El Prat, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2004)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,296
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 455 Yds10 - Par 5 582 Yds
2 - Par 5 574 Yds11 - Par 3 182 Yds
3 - Par 3 205 Yds12 - Par 4 369 Yds
4 - Par 4 440 Yds13 - Par 3 223 Yds
5 - Par 4 465 Yds14 - Par 4 385 Yds
6 - Par 4 468 Yds15 - Par 4 332 Yds
7 - Par 5 544 Yds16 - Par 4 470 Yds
8 - Par 3 160 Yds17 - Par 4 434 Yds
9 - Par 4 466 Yds18 - Par 5 542 Yds
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36 3,777 Yds36 3,519 Yds
 
Annual:  85th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 8:30-11:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Alvaro Quiros
Runner-Up:  James Morrison
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:  $2,964,257 (2,000,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $487,645; 2nd Place - $325,096; 3rd Place - $183,161
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Alvaro Quiros *277Stephen Dodd279
James Morrison277Paul Lawrie279
Mark Foster278Nicolas Colsaerts279
Raphael Jacquelin278Paul Waring279
Alejandro Canizares278Jamie Donaldson280
Gregory Bourdy280

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Open de Espana Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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 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
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Alvaro Quiros------T-63---mcT-39mcT-37T-17Won
James Morrison---------------------------2nd
Gregory Bourdy------------T-51mcT-8mcT-8T-10
Fabrizio Zanotti---------------------T-222ndT-14
Miguel A. JimenezT-3T-18T-19------T-39T-52T-4T-31T-17
Ignacio GarridoT-58T-38mc---mcT-56T-522ndmcT-17
Stephen GallacherT-42mcmcT-16T-21mcT-8T-58T-60T-34
Colin Montgomerie---------------T-28---T-70mcT-53
Jose Manuel LaraT-32mcwdT-7T-12T-3wdT-32T-8T-57
Thomas Levetmc------74th---------mcWon81st
Peter Lawrie------T-2mcT-3T-32T-20WonT-3mc
Niclas Fasthmc---------T-67WonT-31T-10T-24mc
Christian CevaerT-49---mcWonmc---mc---T-52mc
Anders HansenT-58T-38T-32---------------mc---
Jose M. Olazabalmc---T-10mc------------------
Matteo Manassero------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Danny Willett
Darkhorse - Gareth Maybin
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lee Westwood) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Soren Kjeldsen) - Finished tied for 13th
 
NOTES:
The Spanish Open heads to Barcelona and the Real Club de Golf El Prat, as Alvaro Quiros attempts to become the first back-to-back winner in 58 years in his home country. Three of the top-40 players in the world rankings are in the field this week - Miguel Angel Jimenez (23), Quiros (27) and Matteo Manassero (33).

Last year, Quiros parred the first playoff hole to defeat James Morrison and win his national title. Quiros' victory was his fourth on the European Tour. He won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic this year for his fifth title and has won all five years he has been on tour. Quiros became the first Spaniard since 2002 to win this title and fourth since the birth of the European Tour, joining Antonio Garrido, Seve 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.

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 of this event, which began in 1912, and has been runner-up three times. The European Tour's all-time wins leader's last victory came here in 1995.

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 of this event at 45 years and 221 days. Dale Hayes was the youngest winner when he won in 1971 at 18 years and 290 days.

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.

Next up for the European Tour will be the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca, Spain, where Peter Hanson won the 2010 title.

05/03 17:00:15 ET

As of May 3, 2011, at 05:00 PM ET