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Barcelona Open (golf)

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Barcelona Open
Tournament information
LocationBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Course(s)Real Club de Golf El Prat
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund200,000
Final year1988
Tournament record score
Aggregate266 Neil Coles (1982)
To par−16 Seve Ballesteros (1985)
Final champion
England David Whelan
Location Map
RCG El Prat
RCG El Prat
Location in Spain
RCG El Prat
RCG El Prat
Location in Catalonia

The Barcelona Open was a professional golf tournament that was held in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Founded as the Sanyo Open in 1981, it was an event on the European Tour from 1982 until 1988, after which it was replaced on the tour schedule by the Catalan Open. For the first two editions it was played at Club de Golf Sant Cugat, and thereafter at Real Club de Golf El Prat.

After sponsors Sanyo withdrew following the 1986 tournament, promoters IMG supported the event in 1987.[1] However persistent bad weather rendered the El Prat course unplayable and the tournament was ultimately postponed until 1988.[1][2]

The two most notable winners were Spanish major champions Seve Ballesteros in 1985 and José María Olazábal in 1986. The final tournament in 1988 was won by England's David Whelan, who defeated Nick Faldo, Barry Lane and Mark Mouland in a four-way playoff. Whelan, who had borrowed money from his parents in order to make the trip to Spain to compete in the tournament, triumphed at the 4th extra hole after the four players had tied at 276 (12 under par) after 72 holes.[3]


Year Tour[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
Runner(s)-up Venue Ref.
Torras Hostench Barcelona Open
1988 EUR England David Whelan 276 −12 Playoff[b] England Nick Faldo
England Barry Lane
Wales Mark Mouland
El Prat [3][4]
Barcelona Open
1987 EUR Tournament cancelled due to a waterlogged course. El Prat [2][1]
Sanyo Barcelona Open
1986 EUR Spain José María Olazábal 273 −15 3 strokes England Howard Clark El Prat [5]
Sanyo Open
1985 EUR Spain Seve Ballesteros 272 −16 3 strokes South Africa Jeff Hawkes El Prat
1984 EUR Scotland Sam Torrance 281 −7 Playoff[c] Republic of Ireland Des Smyth El Prat [6]
1983 EUR Republic of Ireland Des Smyth 279 −9 1 stroke South Africa Hugh Baiocchi
England Mark James
El Prat
1982 EUR England Neil Coles 266 −14 1 stroke England Gary Cullen Sant Cugat
1981 Scotland Bernard Gallacher 268 −12 3 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros Sant Cugat [7]
  1. ^ EUR − European Tour.
  2. ^ Whelan won with a par on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff; Faldo and Mouland were eliminated on the first extra hole.
  3. ^ Torrance won with a par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.


  1. ^ a b c Miller, David (20 October 1987). "Threat to the welfare of golf". The Times. London, England. p. 48. Retrieved 7 June 2020 – via The Times Digital Archive.
  2. ^ a b "Sport in brief | Golf". The Guardian. London, England. 15 October 1987. p. 30. Retrieved 7 June 2020 – via
  3. ^ a b "Rags-to-riches win for Whelan after four-hole play-off". The Herald (Glasgow). 19 March 1988. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  4. ^ "Barcelona Open 1988". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  5. ^ McCormack, Mark H. (1987). Ebel World of Professional Golf 1987. Collins Willow. pp. 221–223, 439. ISBN 0002182572.
  6. ^ McCormack, Mark H. (1985). Ebel World of Professional Golf 1985. Springwood Books. pp. 193–194, 399. ISBN 0862541247.
  7. ^ McCormack, Mark H. (1982). Dunhill World of Professional Golf 1982. Springwood Books. pp. 205, 420–421. ISBN 0862541018.
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