Moscow Plays Host to Dual Ranking Event

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European TourThe European Tour lands in Moscow for the third dual ranking tournament of the year with the playing of the Cadillac Russian Open at Le Meridien Moscow Country Club.
 
With the majority of the tour's top ranking stars across the Atlantic for this weeks final major of the year at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, the rest of the players from the regular tour match up against many of the top players from the Challenge Tour.
 
First played in 1996, the event has been a part of the big tour since 2003 and has seen only one player rack up a pair of victories. Iain Pyman first won the event back in 1999 and then followed it up with his second victory in 2002, although both wins came when it was just a Challenge Tour event.
 
Some of the top names in this weeks field include South African David Frost and former Ryder Cuppers Andrew Coltart and Jarmo Sandelin.
 
Frost, 46, recently had one of his best showings of the year with his 15th-place finish at the 134th Open Championship. After struggling to a rough opening round of 77 at St. Andrews, Frost rebounded by shooting the day's low score in the second round with a 65. He eventually finished alongside former Open champ John Daly and Ireland's Darren Clarke and fellow South African Trevor Immelman.
 
The Cadillac Russian Open will have a purse of $500,000, with the winner not only taking home $83,330 but also a one year exemption on the 2006 European Tour schedule as well.
 
Next up on the tour schedule is the WGC-NEC Invitational held in the U.S., before the tour settles back in Europe for the BMW International in Munich, Germany.
 
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