The Open de España (formerly the Spanish Open) is the national open golf championship of Spain. It was founded in 1912 and has been part of the European Tour's schedule since the inception of the Tour in 1972. Except for a five year period in the early 1980s, the tournament has been played in April or May. In 2005 it was one of five European Tour events to be held in Spain. Distinguished former champions include Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, and Nick Faldo.