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 Dates: Thursday, July 5th through Sunday, July 8th
 Site: The K Club (Kildare Hotel and Country Club), Kildare, Ireland
 Course Architect: Arnold Palmer (1991), Paul McGinley (1999)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,227
 Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 4 418 Yds   10 - Par 5 584 Yds
               2 - Par 4 413 Yds   11 - Par 4 408 Yds
               3 - Par 3 170 Yds   12 - Par 3 173 Yds
               4 - Par 5 568 Yds   13 - Par 4 402 Yds
               5 - Par 4 416 Yds   14 - Par 3 213 Yds
               6 - Par 4 447 Yds   15 - Par 4 446 Yds
               7 - Par 4 395 Yds   16 - Par 5 606 Yds
               8 - Par 3 173 Yds   17 - Par 4 424 Yds
               9 - Par 4 434 Yds   18 - Par 5 537 Yds
                   -------------        -------------
                    35 3,434 Yds         37 3,793 Yds

 Annual: 24th
 Defending Champion: Lee Westwood
 Runner-Up: Angel Cabrera
 Tournament Record: 260 (Ian Woosnam, 1988)
 54-Hole Record: 195 (Ian Woosnam, 1988)
 36-Hole Record: 131 (Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Denis Durnian,
                      Mats Lanner, 1988; Robert Karlsson, 1992)
 Course Record: 60 (Darren Clarke, 1999)
 Total Purse: $2,817,045
 Shares: 1st Place - $469,500; 2nd Place - 313,000; 3rd Place - 176,338

                             2000 Finish
                             -----------

 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Lee Westwood           276               Jarmo Sandelin          280
 Angel Cabrera          277               Darren Clarke           282
 Per-Ulrik Johansson    278               Colin Montgomerie       285
 Mathias Gronberg       279               Gary Evans              285
 Ignacio Garrido        280               Thomas Bjorn            285
                                          Paul Lawrie             285

                    Past Smurfit European Open Winners
                    ----------------------------------

 2000 -- Lee Westwood (276) -- Angel Cabrera
 1999 -- Lee Westwood (271) -- Darren Clarke, Peter O'Malley
 1998 -- Mathias Gronberg (275) -- Miguel Angel Jimenez, Phillip Price
 1997 -- Per-Ulrik Johansson (267) -- Peter Baker
 1996 -- Per-Ulrik Johansson (277) -- Costantino Rocca
 1995 -- *Bernhard Langer (280) -- Barry Lane
 1994 -- David Gilford (275) -- Costantino Rocca, Jose Maria Olazabal
 1993 -- Gordon Brand, Jr. (275) -- Ronan Rafferty, Phillip Price
 1992 -- Nick Faldo (262) -- Robert Karlsson
 1991 -- Mike Harwood (277) -- Sandy Lyle
 1990 -- Peter Senior (267) -- Ian Woosnam
 1989 -- Andrew Murray (277) -- Frank Nobilo
 1988 -- Ian Woosnam (260) -- Nick Faldo
 1987 -- Paul Way (279) -- John Bland, Gordon Brand, Jr.
 1986 -- *Greg Norman (269) -- Ken Brown
 1985 -- Bernhard Langer (269) -- John O'Leary
 1984 -- Gordon Brand, Jr. (270) -- Seve Ballesteros, Noel Ratcliffe
 1983 -- Isao Aoki (274) -- Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Carl Mason
 1982 -- Manuel Pinero (266) -- Sam Torrance
 1981 -- Graham Marsh (275) -- Seve Ballesteros
 1980 -- Tom Kite (284) -- Lon Hinkle, Leonard Thompson
 1979 -- Sandy Lyle (275) -- Dale Hayes, Peter Townsend
 1978 -- *Bobby Wadkins (283) -- Bernard Gallacher, Gil Morgan

 * - Won in playoff.

 Note: Formerly called European Open Championship (1978-80, 82), Dixcel
       Tissues (1981), Panasonic European Open (1983-90), General Accident
       European Open (1991-93), European Open (1994).

                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------

 Lee Westwood       - Two-time defending champion, 5 cuts made in 8 events
 Thomas Bjorn       - Outdueled Tiger at Dubai, 7th on money list
 Angel Cabrera      - Lost by 1 shot last year to Westwood, 2nd on money list
 Michael Campbell   - Has five top-10 finishes in seven cuts made in 2001
 Darren Clarke      - Shot final round of 64 last week to tie for second
 Retief Goosen      - U.S. Open champion, 1st on Order of Merit, 4 top-10's
 Padraig Harrington - Shot 68-64 over the weekend in Ireland to tie for 2nd
 Miguel A. Jimenez  - 34th on money list with two top-10's in only 6 events
 Bernhard Langer    - Made 11 of 12 cuts on PGA Tour this yr, 5 of 6 in Europe
 Colin Montgomerie  - Won last week's Irish Open for first win of the season
 Jose M. Olazabal   - Shot 69-75 last week to miss the cut in Ireland
 Andrew Oldcorn     - Only top-10 this year is a win at Volvo PGA Championship
 Eduardo Romero     - Has made 6 of 7 cuts in 2001 with only 1 top-10 finish
 Ian Woosnam        - Won this event in 1988 and finished second in 1990

 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Darren Clarke
 Darkhorse   - Ian Garbutt

 Last Event's Pick to Win (Colin Montgomerie) - Finished 1st
 Last Event's Darkhorse (Justin Rose) - Finished tied for 15th

 NOTES:
      One shot off the pace of Angel Cabrera when Sunday's final round began,
 Lee Westwood carded a sizzling, six-under 66 to slip past Cabrera and beat the
 Argentinian by one shot and win this event for the second straight year.
 Second round co-leader Darren Clarke finished alone in seventh. Clarke has finished
 fourth, second and seventh the last three years. Westwood, Per-Ulrik Johansson
 and Bernhard Langer are the only two-time winners of this event with Westwood
 and Johansson the only players to win this event two consecutive years. This
 is the seventh straight year the tournament is being held at the "K" Club. The
 course is located 17 miles from Dublin and will also host the 2005 Ryder Cup.
 Other courses to host this event are: East Sussex National (1993-94),
 Sunningdale Golf Club (1982-86, 88, 90, 92), Walton Heath Golf Club (1978, 80,
 87, 89, 91), Royal Liverpool Golf Club (1981) and Turnberry (1979). Craig
 Hainline recorded the only hole-in-one last year, when he aced the 12th hole
 during round two. The ace did not however help Hainline make the cut, as he
 shot rounds of 78-71 to miss the cut by two shots. Since 1994, Colin
 Montgomerie has recorded three top-10 finishes at this event and has only
 finished out of the top-25 once (1998). The European Tour moves to Scotland
 next week for the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond where Ernie Els is expected to
 defend his title. That event will serve as the final tune-up for the Open
 Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

 

 

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