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Sarazen World Open

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The Sarazen World Open was a professional golf tournament, named in honor of seven-time major champion and hall of famer Gene Sarazen. It was held from 1994 to 1999. The field mostly consisted of national open winners from around the world from the previous two years.[1] From 1996 to 1998, it was sponsored by Subaru and titled as the Subaru Sarazen World Open.

The Sarazen World Open was an unofficial event on the PGA Tour and for the first five years was also an approved special event on European Tour; in its final year it became an official Order of Merit event on the European Tour. It was played at Chateau Elan (Legends course) in Braselton, Georgia until 1999, when it was held at PGA Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.


European Tour event
Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runners-up Purse ($) First prize ($)
1999 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 273 −15 2 strokes Switzerland Paolo Quirici
Japan Katsuyoshi Tomori
600,000 100,000
Unofficial money event (1994–1998)
Year Winner Country Score Runner(s)-up Purse ($) First prize ($)
1998 Dudley Hart  United States 272 (−16) United States Bob Tway 2,000,000 360,000
1997 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 271 (−17) England Lee Westwood 2,000,000 360,000
1996 Frank Nobilo (2)  New Zealand 272 (−16) United States Scott Hoch 1,900,000 342,000
1995 Frank Nobilo  New Zealand 216 (−8) Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
1,900,000 350,000
1994 Ernie Els  South Africa 273 (−15) United States Fred Funk 1,900,000 350,000


  1. ^ Sheeley, Glenn (October 23, 1994). "Solid international field ready to raise curtain on 1st Sarazen". The Atlanta Constitution. Atlanta, Georgia. Retrieved May 2, 2020 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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