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|Course(s)||Skolkovo Golf Club|
|Length||7,025 yards (6,424 m)|
|Aggregate||265 Per-Ulrik Johansson (2007)|
|To par||−23 (as above)|
The Russian Open was a golf tournament on the European Tour. The event was established in 1993, and was first held at the Moscow Country Club in Nakhabino, just outside Krasnogorsk, Moscow Oblast, Russia.
Originally contested over the first nine holes at the Moscow Country Club as an amateur tournament while the rest of the course was still under construction, the Russian Open became Russia's first professional golf tournament in 1994. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, through its Secretary, Sir Michael Bonallack, officially recognized the tournament along with the 18-hole course opening in September 1994. It became an event on the second-tier Challenge Tour in 1996, and was added to the European Tour schedule from 2003. Between 2003 and 2005, it was an official money event on both tours, and from 2006 to 2008, it was solely an event on the European Tour calendar.
Through 2006, it was held on the same weekend in August as the PGA Championship, one of professional golf's four majors, which automatically made it a secondary event. In 2007, was held the weekend before the PGA Championship, but remained an alternate event, this time to the Bridgestone Invitational, a World Golf Championships event. In 2008, it was held the week after The Open Championship.
The 2005 prize fund of $500,000 was around a tenth of those of the leading events on the European Tour, even leaving aside the major championships and World Golf Championships. However, it was one of the richest tournaments of the season on the Challenge Tour. In 2006, when it became a European Tour only event, the prize fund doubled to $1 million, doubling again the following year, to $2 million.
The tournament was not played from 2009 to 2012 but returned in 2013 at the Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club. Tseleevo had hosted a Challenge Tour event, the M2M Russian Challenge Cup, from 2010 to 2012. The Russian Open moved to the Skolkovo Golf Club in 2015 where Andrey Pavlov made history when he became the first Russian to make the cut in a European Tour event. He finished 71st, last of those who made the cut.
European Tour (dual-ranking with Challenge Tour from 2003–05)
|M2M Russian Open|
|2015||Lee Slattery||England||269||−15||1 stroke||Estanislao Goya||166,660|
|2014||David Horsey||England||275||−13||Playoff||Damien McGrane||166,660|
|2013||Michael Hoey||Northern Ireland||272||−16||4 strokes|| Alexandre Kaleka
|Inteco Russian Open Golf Championship|
|2009–12: No tournament|
|2008||Mikael Lundberg (2)||Sweden||267||−21||2 strokes||José Manuel Lara||210,237|
|Russian Open Golf Championship|
|2007||Per-Ulrik Johansson||Sweden||265||−23||6 strokes||Robert-Jan Derksen||244,251|
|Imperial Collection Russian Open|
|2006||Alejandro Cañizares||Spain||266||−22||4 strokes||David Drysdale||130,642|
|Cadillac Russian Open|
|2005||Mikael Lundberg||Sweden||273||−15||Playoff||Andrew Butterfield||67,600|
|BMW Russian Open|
|2004||Gary Emerson||England||272||−16||2 strokes||Markus Brier||67,903|
|2003||Marcus Fraser||Australia||269||−19||Playoff||Martin Wiegele||66,660|
|BMW Russian Open|
|2002||Iain Pyman (2)||269 (−19)|
|2001||Jamie Donaldson||270 (−18)|
|2000||Marco Bernardini||269 (−19)|
|1999||Iain Pyman||273 (−15)|
|Moscow Country Club Russian Open|
|1998||Warren Bennett||270 (−18)|
|Sovereign Russian Open|
|1997||Michele Reale||280 (−8)PO|
|1996||Carl Watts||203 (−13)|
Pre-European & Challenge Tour involvement
|General Motors Russian Open|
|1995||Simon Clough||294 (+6)|
|Phillips Russian Open|