Catalan Open Golf Tournament on the European Tour

The Catalan Open was a European Tour golf tournament that was played from the late 1980s into the mid-1990s. It took place at different golf courses in the Catalonia region of Spain.

First played: 1989

Last played: 1996

The Catalan Open didn't have staying power on the European Tour because of trouble finding and keeping title sponsors. That also resulted in the event having one of the lower purses on the tour. Those two problems eventually led to the tournament's demise.

The tournament scoring record of 271 was set by Jose Maria Olazabal in 1991, when he also set the margin-of-victory record, winning by six strokes. Olazabal had been one of the runners-up in the inaugural 1989 Catalan Open.

The final Catalan Open in 1996 was the site of the first career European Tour win for Paul Lawrie.

Also known as: The debuted as the Massimo Dutti Catalan Open, and was known as the Open Catalonia for a couple years, and also as the Heineken Open and Heineken Open Catalonia. This event never had the same official name two years in a row.

Winners of the Catalan Open

1989 — Mark Roe, 279
1990 — Not played
1991 — Jose Maria Olazabal, 271
1992 — Jose Rivero, 280
1993 — Sam Torrance, 201 (54 holes)
1994 — Jose Coceres, 275
1995 — Philip Walton, 281
1996 — Paul Lawrie, 135 (shortened to 36 holes due to bad weather)

Golf courses: The tournaments rotated around Catalonia each time it was played. The only course that hosted more than once was Golf de Pals in Costa Brava.

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