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Thursday, 17 April 2003
First played
1912 - became part of The European Tour International
Schedule in 1972
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Most wins
6 - Angel de la Torre - 1916, 17, 19, 23, 25, 35
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Most consecutive wins
3 - Angel de la Torre - 1916, 17, 19
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Youngest winner
Dale Hayes, 18 and 290 days, 1971
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Oldest winner
Arnold Palmer, 45 and 221 days, 1975
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Playing Stats are from 1972 onwards
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Lowest 18 hole score
61 (-9), Wayne Riley, 1988
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Lowest first 18 hole score
63 (-9), Seve Ballesteros, Eduardo Romero, 1991
63 (-7), Mark James, Richard Boxall, 1988
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Lowest first 36 hole score
127 (-13), Richard Boxall, 1988
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Lowest first 54 hole score
194 (-16), Mark James, 1988
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Lowest 72 hole score
262 (-18), Mark James, 1988
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Lowest under par winning score
267 (-21), Thomas Björn, 1998, Jarmo Sandelin, 1999
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Lowest final round by a winner
62 (-10), Bernhard Langer, 1984
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Wire-to-wire-winners
Neil Coles, 1973
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Largest 18 hole lead
5 shots - Seve Ballesteros, 1991
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Largest 36 hole lead
4 shots - Richard Boxall, 1988
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Largest 54 hole lead
6 shots - Padraig Harrington, 1996
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Largest winning margin
8 shots - Sam Torrance, 1982
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Biggest final round comeback by a winner
7 shots - Bernhard Langer, 1984
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Play-offs
Antonio Garrido beat Valentin Barrios, 1972
Eduardo Romero beat Seve Ballesteros, 1991
Mark James beat Greg Norman, 1997
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Holes-in-one: 10
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Low cut: 140 (-4), 1998
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High cut: 153 (+9), 1987

INTERESTING FACTS
The Canarias Open de España is an event rich in tradition. Started in 1912 it is the fifth oldest national Open Championship in Europe. However, with the birth of The European Tour in 1972, it was the first official European Tour event staged in 1972 at Pals, won by Antonio Garrido, overcoming Valentin Barrios in a play-off. Defending Champion Sergio Garcia is aiming to become the first player to successfully defend the title since Max Faulkner in 1952-53. History was also created in 1971 by Dale Hayes, who in his first event, aged 18 and 290 days become the youngest winner of a European Tour title. The South African went on to win the tournament again in 1979.

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