Open de France (French Open): Golf Tournament on the European Tour

Graeme McDowell at the 2014 Open de France golf tournament
Graeme McDowell is the most recent back-to-back winner of the Open de France, with victories in 2013-14. Tony Marshall/Getty Images

The Open de France is one of the oldest golf tournaments in continental Europe. It was first played in 1906 and has been part of the European Tour schedule since the tour's inaugural season of 1972. "Open de France" translates, of course, to French Open, and we use the terms interchangeably below.

HNA Group, a Chinese comglomerate, became the title sponsor (HNA Open de France) beginning in 2017.

2019 Open de France

  • When: Oct. 17-20
  • Where: Le Golf National in Paris, France

2018 Tournament
A final-round 67 propelled Alex Noren to the victory. Noren finished at 7-under 277, one stroke better than runners-up Russell Knox, Julian Suri and Chris Wood. It was Noren's 10th career win on the European Tour.

2017 French Open
At the beginning of the final round, Peter Uihlein was first and Tommy Fleetwood second. At the end of the final round, it was the other way around. Fleetwood shot 66 to Uihlein's 68 in Round 4 to finish at 12-under 272, one stroke ahead of Uihlein. Fleetwood had five birdies and no bogeys in his round. It was Fleetwood's second European Tour win of the year and the third of his career.

European Tour tournament site

Open de France Tournament Records:

  • 18 holes: 62 - Seve Ballesteros, 1985; Eduardo Romero, 2005; Martin Kaymer, 2009
  • 72 holes: European Tour - 263, Seve Ballesteros, 1985. Pre-European Tour - 262, Lu Liang-Huan, 1971.

    Open de France Golf Courses:

    The Open de France is currently played at Le Golf National in Paris, and has been since 1991 with the exception of two years. Prior to 1991, the tournament visited many courses in France, including La Boulie, Chantaco, Biarritz, Saint-Germain, Chantilly and Saint-Cloud.

    Open de France Trivia and Notes:

    • The Open de France was first played in 1906, making it the oldest national championship tournament in continental Europe.
    • Appropriately, the first French Open was won by the first great French golfer, Arnaud Massy. Massy, winner of the 1907 British Open and still the only Frenchman to win a major, claimed his national championship four times (1906-07, 1911, 1925).
    • The record for most French Open wins is 5, held by Aubrey Boomer (1921, 1922, 1926, 1929, 1931).
    • Two of the three members of the Great Triumvirate won this event, J.H. Taylor in 1908-09 and James Braid in 1910.
    • Marcel Dallemagne is the only golfer to win the tournament three consecutive years, posting victories in 1936-38.
    • His victory at the 1955 French Open was the last pro tour win by Byron Nelson. It came nine years after he retired from full-time tournament golf.
    • Seve Ballesteros is among the 4-time winners of the tournament. His win in 1977 was Ballesteros' second European Tour victory.
    • Bernhard Langer won the Open de France once, in 1984, but was runner-up five times, including losing twice in playoffs.
    • Thongchai Jaidee won the tournament at age 46 in 2016, becoming the event's oldest winner since 1972 (the year the European Tour began).

      Open de France Open Winners:

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

      2018 - Alex Noren, 277
      2017 - Tommy Fleetwood, 272
      2016 - Thongchai Jaidee, 273
      2015 - Bernd Wiesberger, 271
      2014 - Grame McDowell, 279
      2013 - Graeme McDowell, 275
      2012 - Marcel Siem, 276
      2011 - Thomas Levet, 277
      2010 - Miguel Angel Jimenez-p, 273
      2009 - Martin Kaymer-p, 271
      2008 - Pablo Larrazabal, 269
      2007 - Graeme Storm, 277
      2006 - John Bickerton, 273
      2005 - Jean-Francois Remesy-p, 273
      2004 - Jean-Francois Remesy, 272
      2003 - Philip Golding, 273
      2002 - Malcolm MacKenzie, 274
      2001 - Jose María Olazabal, 268
      2000 - Colin Montgomerie, 272
      1999 - Retief Goosen-p, 272
      1998 - Sam Torrance, 276
      1997 - Retief Goosen, 271
      1996 - Robert Allenby-p, 272
      1995 - Paul Broadhurst, 274
      1994 - Mark Roe, 274
      1993 - Costantino Rocca-p, 273
      1992 - Miguel Ángel Martín, 276
      1991 - Eduardo Romero, 281
      1990 - Philip Walton, 275-p
      1989 - Nick Faldo, 273
      1988 - Nick Faldo, 274
      1987 - Jose Rivero, 269
      1986 - Seve Ballesteros, 269
      1985 - Seve Ballesteros, 263
      1984 - Bernhard Langer, 270
      1983 - Nick Faldo-p, 277
      1982 - Seve Ballesteros, 278
      1981 - Sandy Lyle, 270
      1980 - Greg Norman, 268
      1979 - Bernard Gallacher, 284
      1978 - Dale Hayes, 269
      1977 - Seve Ballesteros, 282
      1976 - Vincent Tshabalala, 272
      1975 - Brian Barnes, 281
      1974 - Peter Oosterhuis, 284
      1973 - Peter Oosterhuis, 280
      1972 - Barry Jaeckel-p, 265
      1971 - Lu Liang-Huan, 262
      1970 - David Graham, 268
      1969 - Jean Garaialde-p, 277
      1968 - Peter Butler, 272
      1967 - Bernard Hunt, 271
      1966 - Denis Hutchinson, 274
      1965 - Ramon Sota, 268
      1964 - Roberto De Vicenzo-p, 272
      1963 - Bruce Devlin, 273
      1962 - Alan Murray, 274
      1961 - Kel Nagle, 271
      1960 - Roberto De Vicenzo, 275
      1959 - Dave Thomas, 276
      1958 - Flory Van Donck-p, 276
      1957 - Flory Van Donck, 266
      1956 - Angel Miguel, 277
      1955 - Byron Nelson, 271
      1954 - Flory Van Donck, 275
      1953 - Bobby Locke, 276
      1952 - Bobby Locke, 268
      1951 - Hassan Hassanein, 278
      1950 - Roberto De Vicenzo, 279
      1949 - Ugo Grappasonni, 275
      1948 - Firmin Cavalo, 287
      1947 - Henry Cotton, 285
      1946 - Henry Cotton, 269
      1940–45 - Not played
      1939 - Martin Pose, 285
      1938 - Marcel Dallemagne, 282
      1937 - Marcel Dallemagne, 278
      1936 - Marcel Dallemagne-p, 277
      1935 - Sid Brews, 293
      1934 - Sid Brews, 284
      1933 - Bert Gadd, 283
      1932 - Arthur Lacey, 295
      1931 - Aubrey Boomer, 291
      1930 - Ernest Whitcombe, 282
      1929 - Aubrey Boomer, 283
      1928 - a-Cyril Tolley, 283
      1927 - George Duncan, 299
      1926 - Aubrey Boomer, 280
      1925 - Arnaud Massy, 291
      1924 - a-Cyril Tolley, 290
      1923 - James Ockenden, 288
      1922 - Aubrey Boomer, 286
      1921 - Aubrey Boomer-p, 284
      1920 - Walter Hagen-p, 298
      1915–19 - Not played
      1914 - J.D.

      Edgar, 288
      1913 - George Duncan, 304
      1912 - Jean Gassiat, 289
      1911 - Arnaud Massy, 284
      1910 - James Braid, 298
      1909 - J.H. Taylor, 293
      1908 - J.H. Taylor, 300
      1907 - Arnaud Massy, 298
      1906 - Arnaud Massy, 292