Played as the Sanyo Open (Sept 20-23). Sam Torrance (Scot) beat defending champion Des Smyth (Ire) with a par at the first playoff hole, to record his tenth European Tour win. [Real (Royal) GC El Prat, Terrassa, Barcelona].
Played as the Sanyo Open (Oct 27-30). Second-placed Mark James (Eng) and Hugh Baiocchi (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Des Smyth (Ire), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Real (Royal) GC El Prat, Terrassa, Barcelona].
Played as the Sanyo Open (Oct 9-12). Second-placed Howard Clark (Eng) finished 3 shots behind José María Olazábal (Esp), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Real (Royal) GC El Prat, Terrassa, Barcelona]. This event was replaced on the 1987 European Tour schedule by the Barcelona Open, also at El Prat GC; however the 1987 event was cancelled due to a waterlogged course.
Played as the Sanyo Open (Sept 19-22). Second-placed Jeff Hawkes (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Seve Ballesteros (Esp). [Real (Royal) GC El Prat, Terrassa, Barcelona].
Played as the inaugural Sanyo Open (Oct 7-10). Second-placed Gary Cullen (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Neil Coles (Eng), who recorded the last of his seven European Tour wins; these wins came came on top of 22 victories on the European professional circuit, which preceded the European Tour. [Sant Cugat CG, Sant Cugat del Vallès, nr Barcelona].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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