Omega European Masters Golf Tournament

Seve Ballesteros won the European Masters three times
Seve Ballesteros was a 3-time winner of the European Masters tournament. Steve Powell / Getty Images

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.

2019 European Masters

  • When: Aug. 29-Sept. 1
  • Where: Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland

    2018 Tournament
    For the second year in a row, Matthew Fitzpatrick won this tournament, and for the second year in a row he did so in a playoff. Fitzpatrick and Lucas Bjerregaard finished 72 holes tied at 17-under 263. But Fitzpatrick birdied the first playoff hole to claim the trophy again. It was Fitzpatrick's fifth career win on the European Tour.

    2017 Omega European Masters
    A final-round 64 tied Matthew Fitzpatrick with third-round leader Scott Hend, and Fitzpatrick won the tournament on the third playoff hole. Fitzpatrick and Hend finished at 14-under 266. They scored matching pars on each of the first two playoff holes, but Fitzpatrick won it when Hend bogeyed on the third extra hole. It was Fitzpatrick's fourth career win on the European Tour.

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    Omega European Masters Tournament Records:

    • 18 holes: 60 - Jamie Spence, 1992; Baldovino Dassu, 1971

    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
    2018 - Matthew Fitzpatrick-p, 263
    2017 - Matthew Fitzpatrick-p, 266
    2016 - Alex Noren-p, 263
    2015 - Danny Willett, 281
    2014 - David Lipsky-p, 262
    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