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The European Open: A Continuing Tradition of Excellence in Golf

Around the world, golf is definitely one of the most lucrative sports with both European and International players competing for that winning trophy. When compared to team sports, golf has a very different structure. Contrary to what many would think, almost all professional golfers, around 95%, earn income as a club or golf instructor. The elite touring professionals or pro golfers are the ones that earn their income from golf competition prize money and endorsements. Because of golf’s enormous popularity all over the globe, it is no wonder that world’s highest earning athlete belongs to it – Tiger Woods.

Because of the huge number of professional golf events held in just about all corners of the globe, governing bodies and organizations have been organized to ensure the proper supervision of these events. When a region establishes a good number of golf competitions, they are formalized into what is popularly known as a tour with the PGA Tour and the European Tour on top having the biggest prize money among all tours.

The PGA European Tour is the organization in charge of the major tournaments in Europe from the most elite European Tour, the European Seniors Tour, and the budding Challenge Tour. Among these, the European Tour has enjoyed prestige for decades being able to attract the best and most popular professional golfers from all over the world. Its namesake golf competition, the European Open was founded in 1978. The buzz for the creation of this golf competition started in early in that decade but it wasn’t until at the near end of the decade that the European Open had its maiden competition where an American, Bobby Wadkins, bagged the first win for the tournament. The European Open’s golf trophy is among the sport’s most elegant and complexly designed golf trophies and it was commissioned way before the European Open itself was held.

Over the course of time that the European Open has been held, it has been called many names due to sponsorship reasons. Aside from its official title of European Open Championship, it was called Dixcel Tissues European Open in 1981, Panasonic European Open from 1983 to 1990, GA European Open from 1991 to 1993, and Smurfit European Open from 1995 to 2005. Recent winners of the European Open’s prestigious golf trophy are Christian Cevaer, Ross Fisher, and Colin Montgomerie.

As the symbol of winning the European Open, its golf trophy, is easily recognizable because of its stunning and luxurious design. It was said that this golf trophy was first made in the early part of the 70s however it was not used for several years. The put the golf trophy into action, the European Open commissioned the well known silversmith company, Thomas Lyte Silver to restore the trophy to its former glory. Thomas Lyte Silver is a premiere name known for their highly skilled silversmiths and silver polishers with combined decades of experience in their craft. The company is known to design, create, restore, and make replicas of elegant trophies and anything in between in the silver business.

The European Open golf trophy has a wooden cylindrical base covered with plain silver for engraving the winners of the said golf competition. With the expertise of Thomas Lyte Silver, a new plinth which is estimated at 18 inches in diameter was added to create more room for more names to be engraved in the future. Immediately on top of the plinths is a silver dish polished to elegant shine. This dish holds the gold plated part of the golf trophy where several flags are situated representing the countries that participate in the golf competition. Thomas Lyte Silver added additional flags to this collection which are made of enamel. On top of the golf trophy is the figure of a golf ball plated with gold.

As this prestigious golf event moves back to one of its homes, The London Golf Club in close proximity to Sevenoaks and Brands Hatch, North Kent in England, the beautiful European Open golf trophy is once again at stake. Indeed, the European Open continues a wonderful golf legacy that is sure to stay for an infinite number of decades to come.

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