Trophée Lancôme

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The Trophée Lancôme was a professional golf tournament which was staged in France from 1970 to 2003.

Gaëtan Mourgue D'Algue, a French golf enthusiast from Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, hoped to popularize the then little-known sport of Golf in France during the early 1960s. With Dominique Motte, he suggested the creation of a new championship trophy to Pierre Menet, the chairman of the Lancôme Company. Their goal was originally to bring together eight of the best players in the world. They started by hosting the Canada Cup at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche in 1963, establishing the village's prominence in the international golf tournament circuit.

In 1970, the tournament was expanded to 54 holes, and recast as the "Trophée Lancôme", named after Mr. Menet's company. It began as an unofficial event, in that it was not part of a tour schedule, but it was backed by the Fédération Française de Golf and by preeminent sports agent Mark McCormack who arranged for some of the world's top players to participate. The 1970 and 1971 the tournament was played over 3 rounds (54 holes), but starting in 1972 it was played over the standard length for professional tournaments of 4 rounds (72 holes).

From 1982 onwards it was an official money event on the European Tour. Most of the winners in the tournament's first decade were American but from the early 1980s it was dominated by European Tour players. In 1986 Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros were declared joint winners as they were...
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