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.

2018 Tournament

  • When: June 28-July 1
  • Where: Le Golf National, Paris, France

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.

2016 Open de France
Thongchai Jaidee started the final round in first place and ended it there, too, winning by four strokes despite a final-hole bogey. Jaidee carded a 68 in Round 4, finishing at 11-under 273. That was four better than runner-up Francesco Molinari. At age 46, Jaidee became the oldest winner of the French Open since the event joined the European Tour in 1972. It was his eighth career Euro Tour win.

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)

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