Open de Espana (Spanish Open) Golf Tournament

Winners of the European Tour event plus tournament facts and trivia

Miguel Angel Jimenez at the 2014 Spanish Open
When he won the Spanish Open in 2014, Miguel Angel Jimenez became the first 50-plus golfer to win on the European Tour. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

What's in a name? The Open de Espana was called "Spanish Open" for much of its history. Of course, Open de Espana translates to Spanish Open, so why point that out? The English-language title used to be the official name of the tournament; beginning in 1997, tournament organizers (and the European Tour) started using the Spanish. We use "Open de Espana" and "Spanish Open" interchangeably below, so just keep in mind that Open de Espana is the official name.

The Open de Espana is part of the European Tour and is usually played in the spring, in April or early May. However, this tournament was not played in 2017 and is not on the schedule in 2018.

Open de Espana 2018 Tournament

The Spanish Open is, at the time of the European Tour's 2018 schedule release, not scheduled to be played in 2018. The tournament has, for decades, been one of the flagship tournaments in Europe, so expect it to return. But exactly when that happens is up in the air.

Open de Espana Tournament Records

The 72-hole scoring record is 262, set by Mark James in 1988. That same year the event's 18-hole scoring was established by Wayne Riley — 61. The golfer with the most wins is a Spaniard, Angel de la Torre, who won five times in the 1910s and 1920s.

Fun Facts and Trivia About the Open de Espana

  • The Spanish Open is one of the oldest tournaments in continental Europe, first played in 1912. The first champion was Frenchman Arnaud Massey, winner of the 1907 British Open.
  • The Open de Espana became part of the European Tour schedule in 1972, the first year of that tour's existence. In fact, the Open de Espana was the first tournament played in the first European Tour schedule. Which makes Antonio Garrido not only the 1972 Spanish Open champion, but also the first winner in the European Tour's history.
  • Padraig Harrington's first European Tour victory and first win on any major pro tour was at the 1996 Spanish Open.
  • The 2013 Spanish Open went to a sudden-death playoff that lasted nine holes before Raphael Jacquelin won. That matched the European Tour record for longest sudden-death playoff, previously established at the 1989 Dutch Open, where Jose Maria Olazabal needed nine extra holes to win.
  • Spaniard Angel de la Torre won five times from 1916 to 1925, the tournament record for most victories. De la Torre won three straight from 1916-18, the only time a golfer has won the Spanish Open three straight years.
  • Eight other golfers have won the Open de Espana three times each: Arnaud Massy, Joaquin Bernardino, Gabriel Gonzalez, Marcelino Morcillo, Mariano Provencio, Max Faulkner, Sebastian Miguel and Seve Ballesteros.
  • In the tournament's years as part of the European Tour schedule, only Neil Coles (1973) has won wire-to-wire.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez's victory at the 2014 was significant because he was 50 years old. He extended his own European Tour record as oldest tournament winner, plus became the first-ever 50-or-over golfer to win on the European Tour. Whose tournament record did Jimenez break as oldest Spanish Open winner? Arnold Palmer was 45 years, 221 days old when he won in 1975.

    Winners of the Open de Espana Tournament

    Following is the list of all tournament winners, dating to the first in 1912. Previous names of the tournament are also listed (p-won playoff; a-amateur).

    2016 - Andrew Johnston, 285
    2015 - James Morrison, 278
    2014 - p-Miguel Angel Jimenez, 284
    2013 - Raphael Jacquelin-p, 283
    2012 - Francesco Molinari, 280
    2011 - Thomas Aiken, 278
    2010 - p-Alvaro Quiros, 277
    2009 - Thomas Levet, 270
    2008 - p-Peter Lawrie, 273
    2007 - Charl Schwartzel, 272

    Andalucía Open de Espana Valle Romano
    2006 - p-Niclas Fasth, 270

    Jazztel Open de Espana en Andalucia
    2005 - p-Peter Hanson, 280

    Canarias Open de Espana
    2004 - Christian Cevaer, 271
    2003 - p-Kenneth Ferrie, 266
    2002 - Sergio Garcia, 275

    Via Digital Open de Espana
    2001 - Robert Karlsson, 277

    Peugeot Open de Espana
    2000 - Brian Davis, 274
    1999 - Jarmo Sandelin, 267
    1998 - Thomas Bjorn, 267
    1997 - p-Mark James, 277

    Peugeot Spanish Open
    1996 - Padraig Harrington, 272
    1995 - Seve Ballesteros, 274
    1994 - Colin Montgomerie, 277
    1993 - Joakim Haeggman, 275
    1992 - Andrew Sherborne, 271
    1991 - p-Eduardo Romero, 275
    1990 - Rodger Davis, 277
    1989 - Bernhard Langer, 281
    1988 - Mark James, 262
    1987 - Nick Faldo, 286
    1986 - Howard Clark, 272
    1985 - Seve Ballesteros, 266

    Benson & Hedges Spanish Open
    1984 - Bernhard Langer, 275
    1983 - Eamonn Darcy, 277
    1982 - Sam Torrance, 273
    1981 - Seve Ballesteros, 273
    1980 - Eddie Polland, 276

    Spanish Open
    1979 - Dale Hayes, 278
    1978 - Brian Barnes, 276
    1977 - Bernard Gallacher, 277
    1976 - Eddie Polland, 282
    1975 - Arnold Palmer, 283
    1974 - Jerry Heard, 279
    1973 - Neil Coles, 282
    1972 - p-Antonio Garrido, 293
    1971 - Dale Hayes, 275
    1970 - Angel Gallardo, 284
    1969 - Jean Garaialde, 283
    1968 - Bob Shaw, 286
    1967 - Sebastian Miguel, 265
    1966 - Roberto De Vicenzo, 279
    1965 - Not played
    1964 - Angel Miguel, 272
    1963 - Ramon Sota, 287
    1962 - Not played
    1961 - Ángel Miguel, 267
    1960 - Sebastian Miguel, 286
    1959 - Peter Thomson, 286
    1958 - Peter Alliss, 268
    1957 - Max Faulkner, 283
    1956 - Peter Alliss, 285
    1955 - a-Conde de Lamaze, 271
    1954 - Sebastian Miguel, 268
    1953 - Max Faulkner, 271
    1952 - Max Faulkner, 275
    1951 - Mariano Provencio, 281
    1950 - Antonio Cerda
    1949 - Marcelino Morcillo, 280
    1948 - Marcelino Morcillo, 268
    1947 - a-Mario Gonzalez, 277
    1946 - Marcelino Morcillo, 281
    1945 - Carlos Celles, 274
    1944 - Nicasio Sagardia
    1943 - Mariano Provencio, 286
    1942 - Gabriel Gonzalez, 264
    1941 - Mariano Provencio, 283
    1936-40 Not played
    1935 - Tomas Cayarga
    1934 - Joaquin Bernardino
    1933 - Gabriel Gonzalez
    1932 - Gabriel Gonzalez
    1931 - Not played
    1930 - Joaquin Bernardino
    1929 - Eugene Lafitte
    1928 - Arnaud Massy
    1927 - Arnaud Massy
    1926 - Joaquin Bernardino
    1925 - Angel de la Torre
    1924 - Not played
    1923 - Angel de la Torre
    1922 - Not played
    1921 - Eugene Lafitte
    1920 - Not played
    1919 - Angel de la Torre
    1918 - Not played
    1917 - Angel de la Torre
    1916 - Angel de la Torre
    1913-15 - Not played
    1912 - Arnaud Massy