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PGA European - M2M Russian Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 24th through Sunday, July 27th
SITE: Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club, Moscow, Russia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (2007)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,491
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 430 Yds10 - Par 4 480 Yds
2 - Par 4 404 Yds11 - Par 4 477 Yds
3 - Par 3 191 Yds12 - Par 4 470 Yds
4 - Par 5 586 Yds13 - Par 3 189 Yds
5 - Par 4 428 Yds14 - Par 4 374 Yds
6 - Par 3 182 Yds15 - Par 5 569 Yds
7 - Par 4 454 Yds16 - Par 3 223 Yds
8 - Par 5 564 Yds17 - Par 5 570 Yds
9 - Par 4 452 Yds18 - Par 4 448 Yds
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36 3,691 Yds36 3,800 Yds
 
Annual:  15th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 8-11 a.m. (et),
  - Friday -- 6-9 a.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Michael Hoey (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Alexandre Kaleka, Matthew Nixon
Tournament Record:  265 (Per-Ulrik Johansson, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Benn Barham, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Iain Pyman, 2002)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Iain Pyman, 2002; David Drysdale, 2006;
  Per-Ulrik Johansson, 2007)
Course Record:  65 (Michael Hoey, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,346,738 (1,000,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $224,824; 2nd Place - $149,887; 3rd Place - $84,447
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Michael Hoey272Gregory Havret278
Alexandre Kaleka276Wen-Chong Liang278
Matthew Nixon276James Morrison278
JB Hansen277Simon Dyson280
Mark Foster278Three players at282
 
Past M2M Russian Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Michael Hoey (272) -- Alexandre Kaleka, Matthew Nixon
2012Not Held
2011Not Held
2010Not Held
2009Not Held
2008Mikael Lundberg (267) -- Jose Manuel Lara
2007Per-Ulrik Johansson (265) -- Robert-Jan Derksen
2006Alejandro Canizares (266) -- David Drysdale
2005*Mikael Lundberg (273) -- Andrew Butterfield
2004Gary Emerson (272) -- Markus Brier
2003*Marcus Fraser (269) -- Martin Wiegele
2002Iain Pyman (269) -- Benn Barham, Guido Van Der Valk
2001Jamie Donaldson (270) -- Michael Archer, Mikael Piltz
2000Marco Bernardini (269) - Erol Simsek
1999Iain Pyman (273) -- Hennie Otto
1998Warren Bennett (270) -- Ricardo Gonzalez, Max Anglert
1997*Michele Reale (280) -- Heinz Peter Thul
1996Carl Watts (203) -- John Mellor

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Sovereign Russian Open (1996-97), Moscow Country Club
Russian Open (1998), BMW Russian Open (1999-2004), Cadillac Russian Open (2005), Imperial Collection Russian Open (2006), Russian Open Golf Championship (2007), Inteco Russian Open Golf Championship (2008).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20082013
Alexandre Kaleka--T-2
Matthew Nixon---T-2
JB Hansen---4th
David Horsey---T-17
S.S.P. ChowrasiamcT-32
Craig LeeT-17mc
Soren Kjeldsen---mc
Morten Orum Madsen---mc
Simon Thornton------
Scott Jamieson------
Maximilian Kieffer------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Scott Jamieson
Darkhorse - Damien McGrane
 
Last week's Pick to Win (A.Scott, J.Rose, H.Stenson) - T-5, T-23, T-39
Last week's Darkhorse (R.Fowler, T.Jaidee, D.Willett) - T-2, T-39, MC
 
NOTES:The European Tour travels to Moscow this week for the M2M Russian Open.
This tournament returned in 2013 for the first time since 2008. Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club will host the event. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened for play in 2007. The highest-ranked player in the field is Morten Orum Madsen from Denmark at 154 in the world.

Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club hosted the European Challenge Tour from 2010-12. Carlos Del Moral (2010), Sam Little (2011) and Alexandre Kaleka (2012) captured those events.

Last year, Michael Hoey shot rounds of 70-67-65-70 and won by four strokes over Kaleka and Matthew Nixon. Hoey secured his fifth career European Tour title, finishing 72 holes at 16-under-par 272. Hoey will not be on hand to defend his title this week.

Mikael Lundberg won for the second time in four years in 2008. Lundberg carded rounds of 67-64-68-68 at Le Meridien Moscow Country Club to pick up a 2-stroke win over Jose Manuel Lara. He completed his second tour title at 21-under-par 267.

In 2007, Per-Ulrik Johansson won his first European Tour title since 1997. Johansson fired rounds of 69-62-67-67 to win at 23-under-par 265. He won by six shots over Robert-Jan Derksen. The entire tournament was played using preferred lies due to rainy conditions. It marked the second straight year that the entire tournament was played using preferred lies. The win was Johansson's first since the 1997 European Open.

With the world's best golfers competing nine time zones away at the PGA Championship, Spain's Alejandro Canizares earned his first career win at this event in 2006. The son of 4-time Ryder Cup player Jose Maria Canizares, Alejandro closed with a 6-under 66 and ended at 22-under-par 266 for a 4-shot victory over David Drysdale of Scotland. Finishing all four rounds with a 67 or better, Canizares became the quickest affiliate member to win on the European Tour, claiming title No. 1 in just his third start and surpassing better-known previous record holders Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell. Jose Maria and Alejandro Canizares became the third father/son combination to win on the European Tour, joining Antonio and Ignacio Garrido and Craig and Kevin Stadler.

In 2005, Lundberg shot four rounds in the 60s, including a 3-under 69 in the final round, and outlasted England's Andrew Butterfield in a 4-hole playoff to claim his maiden European Tour victory. It was the third playoff in event history.

The European Tour will join with the PGA Tour next week for the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, where Tiger Woods captured the title last year.

07/22 17:35:49 ET

As of July 22, 2014, at 05:37 PM ET

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