Hong Kong Open (golf)

The Hong Kong Open is a golf tournament which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour. It was founded in 1959 and in 1962 was one of the five tournaments that made up the inaugural Far East Circuit, later known as the Asia Golf Circuit. It remained part of the circuit until 1996, before joining the Asian Tour, then known as the Omega Tour, in 1997. It became co-sanctioned by the European Tour in 2001, as part of the 2002 season.

Hong Kong Open
Tournament information
LocationNew Territories, Hong Kong
Established1959
Course(s)Hong Kong Golf Club
Par70
Length6,700 yards (6,100 m)
Tour(s)European Tour (since 2001)
Asian Tour (since 1997)
Asia Golf Circuit (1962–1996)
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$1,000,000
Month playedJanuary (in 2020)
Tournament record score
Aggregate258 Ian Poulter (2010)
To par−22 José María Olazábal (2002)
−22 Ian Poulter (2010)*
*These records only date back to 2001 when this tournament became a European Tour event.
Current champion
Australia Wade Ormsby
Hong Kong GC is located in China
Hong Kong GC
Hong Kong GC
Location in China
Hong Kong GC is located in Hong Kong
Hong Kong GC
Hong Kong GC
Location in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Open was played in spring from its inception until 1994,[1] but since 1995 has usually been played towards the end of the year, in November or December, and as a result has often fallen into the following year's European Tour season.

Since taking its place on the European Tour the event has always been held at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Sheung Shui, New Territories. The Hong Kong Golf Association, Hong Kong PGA, and Chinese PGA receive a limited number of exemptions into the tournament for their members.

HistoryEdit

In 1958, Hong Kong Golf Club member Kim Hall wrote to Australian professional Eric Cremin to see if those players playing in the Philippine Open in 1959 would consider staying in the region to play in Hong Kong. Hall then approached Peter Plumley, secretary of South China Morning Post, who was also a golfer. Plumley then persuaded his boss to sponsor 1,000 Australian pounds in prize money in the name of South China Morning Post. Then, the first Hong Kong Open was launched in February 1959.[1] According to Hong Kong Golf Club member Willie Woo, Kim Hall was very keen for the tournament and he talked a lot with Australian golfers, including Peter Thompson. Woo helped to get Taiwanese players through his connections.[2]

The first tournament was hosted by Sir Robert Black, the then-Governor of Hong Kong. Around one thousand spectators joined the tournament.[3] Taiwanese golfer Lu Liang-Huan won the inaugural edition of the tournament.[4] The success of the Hong Kong Open prompted first Singapore in 1961, and then Malaysia and Japan in 1962, to introduce their own tournaments and bring about the setting up of the Far East Golf Circuit.[4] The circuit further expanded into a regular ten-tournament tour, called the Asia Golf Circuit, that existed until the end of the twentieth century.

Despite the SCMP's original agreement to maintain 1,000 pounds sponsorship of the Hong Kong Open, it was felt that prize money would need to be increased if the best players were to be attracted. To that end the 1963 event was jointly sponsored by the SCMP and British American Tobacco, with the purse being increased to 4,000 pounds as a result.[4]

Due to poor weather conditions during the 1966 event, the Hong Kong Golf Club lost HK$10,442 as the money put up by the sponsors was insufficient to cover expenses. As a result, the club decided that in future it could not undertake to assist financially in any way, but would continued provide the courses and the general facilities.[4] The 1968 tournament was the first edition to be shown live on television.[4] In 1969, the newly formed the Hong Kong Golf Association took up the task of organising the tournament.[4] In 1971, the Hong Kong Open was on the verge of disappearing due to low spectator numbers and financial problems, but with the assistance of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, who were keen to retain the event on the Asia Golf Circuit, the tournament was saved.[5][6][7]

In 1996, Hong Kong golfer Dominique Boulet finished fourth, the best result by a local golfer.[8] In 2008, Florida-based Hong Kong amateur Hak Shun-yat became the youngest player ever to make the cut in a European Tour event, at 14 years and 304 days, eclipsing the record set by Sergio García at the Turespaña Open Mediterrania in 1995.[9] At the other end of the age spectrum, Miguel Ángel Jiménez became the oldest golfer ever to win on the European Tour when he won in 2012 at age 48 years, 315 days, and extended his record by defending his title in 2013 at age 49 years, 337 days.[10]

In 2013, organizers and potential sponsors raised concerns over the complex becoming enmeshed in a controversial redevelopment plan for Fan Ling.[11] The tournament was played that year without a title sponsor.

In 2020, the Hong Kong Open organizers announced that the tournament will be postponed till 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.[12]

WinnersEdit

Year Tour(s)[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Refs
Hong Kong Open
2020 ASA[b]   Wade Ormsby (2) 263 −17 4 strokes   Shane Lowry
Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi
2018 ASA, EUR   Aaron Rai 263 −17 1 stroke   Matthew Fitzpatrick
UBS Hong Kong Open
2017 ASA, EUR   Wade Ormsby 269 −11 1 stroke   Alexander Björk
  Rafa Cabrera-Bello
  Paul Peterson
  Julian Suri
2016 ASA, EUR   Sam Brazel 267 −13 1 stroke   Rafa Cabrera-Bello
2015 ASA, EUR   Justin Rose 263 −17 1 stroke   Lucas Bjerregaard
Hong Kong Open
2014 ASA, EUR   Scott Hend 267 −13 Playoff[c]   Angelo Que
2013 ASA, EUR   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (4) 268 −12 Playoff[d]   Stuart Manley
  Prom Meesawat
UBS Hong Kong Open
2012 ASA, EUR   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (3) 265 −15 1 stroke   Fredrik Andersson Hed
2011 ASA, EUR   Rory McIlroy 268 −12 2 strokes   Grégory Havret
2010 ASA, EUR   Ian Poulter 258 −22 1 stroke   Simon Dyson
  Matteo Manassero
2009 ASA, EUR   Grégory Bourdy 261 −19 2 strokes   Rory McIlroy
2008 ASA, EUR   Lin Wen-tang 265 −15 Playoff[e]   Rory McIlroy
  Francesco Molinari
2007 ASA, EUR   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (2) 265 −15 1 stroke   K. J. Choi
  Thongchai Jaidee
  Robert Karlsson
2006 ASA, EUR   José Manuel Lara 265 −15 1 stroke   Juvic Pagunsan
2005 ASA, EUR   Colin Montgomerie 271 −9 1 stroke   K. J. Choi
  James Kingston
  Lin Keng-chi
  Edward Loar
  Thammanoon Sriroj
Omega Hong Kong Open
2004 ASA, EUR   Miguel Ángel Jiménez 266 −14 1 stroke   Pádraig Harrington
  James Kingston
2003 ASA, EUR   Pádraig Harrington 269 −11 1 stroke   Hennie Otto
2002 ASA, EUR   Freddie Jacobson 260 −16 2 strokes   Jorge Berendt
  Henrik Nyström
2001 ASA, EUR   José María Olazábal 262 −22 1 stroke   Henrik Bjørnstad
2000 ASA   Simon Dyson 263 −21 3 strokes   John Kernohan
  Charlie Wi
  Kim Felton
[14]
Perrier Hong Kong Open
1999 ASA   Patrik Sjöland 269 –11 1 stroke   Ian Woosnam [15]
1998 ASA   Kang Wook-soon 272 −12 2 strokes   Ed Fryatt [16][17]
Andersen Consulting Hong Kong Open
1997 ASA   Frank Nobilo 267 −17 5 strokes   Kang Wook-soon [18]
1996 AGC   Rodrigo Cuello 275 −5 3 strokes   Scott Hoch
  Bill Longmuir
[19]
Hong Kong Open
1995 AGC   Gary Webb 271 −13 2 strokes   Rafael Alarcón [20]
1994 AGC   David Frost 274 −10 Playoff[f]   Craig McClellan [21]
1993 AGC   Brian Watts 274 −10 1 stroke   Chen Tze-chung [22]
1992 AGC   Tom Watson 274 −10 3 strokes   Ronan Rafferty [23][24][25][26]
1991 AGC   Bernhard Langer 269 −15 7 strokes   Choi Sang-ho
  Lu Wen-ter
[27]
1990 AGC   Ken Green 205[g] 4 strokes   Brian Watts
  Danny Mijovic
[28]
1989 AGC   Brian Claar 274 1 stroke   Mats Lanner
  Gary Rusnak
[29]
1988 AGC   Hsieh Chin-sheng 274 1 stroke   Lu Chien-soon [30]
1987 AGC   Ian Woosnam 275 4 strokes   David Feherty
  Sam Torrance
[31]
1986 AGC   Seiichi Kanai 285 1 stroke   Ian Baker-Finch [32]
1985 AGC   Mark Aebli 270 4 strokes   Chen Tze-ming [33]
1984 AGC   Bill Brask 268 7 strokes   Greg Norman [34]
1983 AGC   Greg Norman (2) 134[h] 3 strokes   Mark James [35]
1982 AGC   Kurt Cox 276 −4 Playoff[i]   Tom Sieckmann
  Terry Gale
[36]
1981 AGC   Chen Tze-ming 279 1 stroke   Graham Marsh [37]
1980 AGC   Kuo Chie-hsiung 274 2 strokes   Lu Liang-Huan [38]
1979 AGC   Greg Norman 273 −7 3 strokes   Lu Hsi-chuen
  Chen Tze-ming
  Hsu Chi-san
[39]
1978 AGC   Hsieh Yung-yo 275 1 stroke   Kim Seung-hack [40]
1977 AGC   Hsieh Min-Nan (4) 280 1 stroke   Teruo Sugihara [41]
1976 AGC   Ho Ming-chung 279 2 strokes   Hsu Sheng-san [42]
1975 AGC   Hsieh Yung-yo (3) 288 1 stroke   Stewart Ginn
  Gaylord Burrows
  Ted Ball
[43]
1974 AGC   Lu Liang-Huan (2) 280 Playoff[j]   Graham Marsh [44]
1973 AGC   Frank Phillips (2) 278 1 stroke   Ben Arda [45]
1972 AGC   Walter Godfrey 272 2 strokes   Takashi Murakami [46]
1971 AGC   Orville Moody 266 2 strokes   Haruo Yasuda [47]
1970 AGC   Isao Katsumata 274 1 stroke   Haruo Yasuda [48]
1969 AGC   Teruo Sugihara 274 2 strokes   Maurice Bembridge [49]
1968 AGC   Randall Vines 271 1 stroke   Teruo Sugihara [50]
1967 AGC   Peter Thomson (3) 273 Playoff[k]   Brian Huggett [51]
1966 AGC   Frank Phillips 275 2 strokes   Hideyo Sugimoto [52]
1965 AGC   Peter Thomson (2) 278 1 stroke   Ross Newdick [53]
1964 AGC   Hsieh Yung-yo (2) 269 Playoff[l]   Alan Murray [54]
1963 AGC   Hsieh Yung-yo 272 3 strokes   Tomoo Ishii [55]
1962 AGC   Len Woodward 271 1 stroke   Frank Phillips
  Bill Dunk
  Alan Murray
[56]
1961   Kel Nagle 261 6 strokes   Peter Thomson [57]
1960   Peter Thomson 272 [58]
1959   Lu Liang-Huan 281 1 stroke   Bruce Crampton
  Kel Nagle
[59]
  1. ^ AGC – Asia Golf Circuit (earlier known as the Far East Circuit); ASA – Asian Tour (previously known as the Asian PGA Tour/Omega Tour/Davidoff Tour); EUR – European Tour
  2. ^ Due to postponement and rescheduling, the Hong Kong Open was not a European Tour event in January 2020.[13]
  3. ^ Hend won with a par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  4. ^ Jiménez won with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  5. ^ Lin won with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff; Molinari was eliminated on the first extra hole after making a par to Lin and McIlroy's birdies.
  6. ^ Frost won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, after McClellan had holed his second shot from the fairway for an eagle 2 on the final hole of regulation play to force the playoff.
  7. ^ Third round cancelled as the course was unplayable due to rain.
  8. ^ Reduced to 2 rounds due to rain.
  9. ^ Cox won with a par on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff; Gale was eliminated after making bogey on the first hole of the playoff.
  10. ^ Lu won with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  11. ^ Thomson won on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  12. ^ Hsieh won on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Source: [60][61]

ScorecardEdit

Hole Name Yards Metres Par
1 Trench 468 428 4
2 The Trap 149 136 3
3 Fearsome 551 504 5
4 Temptation 288 263 4
5 Table Top 192 176 3
6 The Pimple 447 409 4
7 The Narrows 380 347 4
8 Oasis 188 172 3
9 The Bend 493 451 4
10 Holland 367 336 4
11 The Paddy 466 426 4
12 Short Hole 144 132 3
13 The Long Hole 529 484 5
14 The Bungalow 395 361 4
15 The Burn 426 390 4
16 The Road Hole 411 376 4
17 The Graves 406 371 4
18 The Ultimate 410 375 4
Total 6710 6137 70

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "A different era – founding father of the Hong Kong Golf Open recalls the early days of city's oldest sporting event". South China Morning Post. 3 October 2015.
  2. ^ "The last Happy Valley golf survivor: Willie Woo goes down memory lane". South China Morning Post. 21 October 2015.
  3. ^ S.C.M Post Open Golf Competition – New Page in Sporting History of H.K., South China Morning Post, page 1 & 20, 2 February 1959
  4. ^ a b c d e f Robinson, S (1989), "Festina Lente – A History of the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club", p. 85–105
  5. ^ "HK quit decision won't hurt Asian golf circuit". The Straits Times. Singapore. 4 September 1971. p. 28. Retrieved 25 February 2020 – via National Library Board.
  6. ^ "Staging of 1972 HK golf 'remote'". New Nation. Singapore. 7 September 1971. p. 15. Retrieved 25 February 2020 – via National Library Board.
  7. ^ "HKGA decide to hold 1972 tourney". The Straits Times. Singapore. 24 September 1971. p. 30. Retrieved 25 February 2020 – via National Library Board.
  8. ^ Boulet thrills Open fans with final round flourish, South China Morning Post, 9 December 1996
  9. ^ "Hak breaks Sergio Garcia's record, makes Euro Tour cut at 14 years old". ESPN. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  10. ^ "With This Win: Miguel Ángel Jiménez" (Press release). PGA European Tour. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  11. ^ Chen, Bonnie (22 July 2013). "In a hole". The Standard. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Golf: Hong Kong Open postponed until new year because of COVID-19". CNA. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Hong Kong Open rescheduled for January 2020". ESPN. 6 December 2019.
  14. ^ 戴臣香港高球賽奪冠, Ta Kung Pao, page B7, 18 December 2000
  15. ^ Suttering Sjoland helds off Woosnam in gripping finale, South China Morning Post, 29 November 1999
  16. ^ 韓好手姜旭淳奪標, Hong Kong Commercial Daily, 30 November 1998
  17. ^ Final round duel puts friendship to test, South China Morning Post, 29 November 1998
  18. ^ Nobilo steadies ship, then takes Open by storm, South China Morning Post, 8 December 1997
  19. ^ Cuello shrugs off all challengers in Open win, South China Morning Post, 9 December 1996
  20. ^ Win makes Webb rethink career, South China Morning Post, 20 November 1995
  21. ^ Frost solves putting riddle in Open play-off, South China Morning Post, 28 February 1994
  22. ^ Watts stays the course for thrilling Open win, South China Morning Post, 15 February 1993
  23. ^ "Public golf course plea by Open winner Watson". South China Morning Post. 9 March 1992.
  24. ^ "Nerve-jangling win for Watson". South China Morning Post. 9 March 1992.
  25. ^ "湯屈臣失準製造緊張 仍以三桿壓倒華費迪". Sing Tao Daily. 9 March 1992. p. 11.
  26. ^ "International Results". The Canberra Times. 9 March 1992. p. 22. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  27. ^ Langer tames Fanling, South China Morning Post, 11 February 1991
  28. ^ American Green wins golf Open, South China Morning Post, 26 February 1990
  29. ^ Claar clinches memorable win, South China Morning Post, page 32, 20 February 1989
  30. ^ Hsieh leads Taiwan change, South China Morning Post, page 22, 15 February 1988
  31. ^ Woosnam wins by four shots, South China Morning Post, page 1, 2 March 1987
  32. ^ King Kanai's charge clinches Open crown, South China Morning Post, page 29, 3 March 1986
  33. ^ Amiable Aebli walking tall, South China Morning Post, page 33, 4 March 1985
  34. ^ Brask bolts home by seven shots, South China Morning Post, pate 21, 27 February 1984
  35. ^ Bit-hitting Norman's conquest, South China Morning Post, page 1, 28 February 1983
  36. ^ Cox wins Fanling thriller, South China Morning Post, page 1, 1 March 1982
  37. ^ Taiwan again! Dark horse Chen keeps up the Open tradition, South China Morning Post, page 24, 2 March 1981
  38. ^ King Kuo's crown as he pips Mr Lu, South China Morning Post, page 21, 3 March 1980
  39. ^ Australian clinches HK title, South China Morning Post, page 11, 4 March 1979
  40. ^ Hsieh's fourth HK title, South China Morning Post, page 10, 5 March 1978
  41. ^ Hsieh wins HK Open, South China Morning Post, page 12, 6 March 1977
  42. ^ Taiwanese sweep HK Open Golf, South China Morning Post, page 10, 18 April 1976
  43. ^ Hsieh makes it three, South China Morning Post, page 1, 24 February 1975
  44. ^ Lu wins Open in dramatic play-off, South China Morning Post, page 19, 25 February 1974
  45. ^ Tremendous climax to a gripping Open, South China Morning Post, page 15, 6 March 1973
  46. ^ New Hongkong golf champion, South China Morning Post, page 1, 3 April 1972
  47. ^ Moody wins H.K. Open, South China Morning Post, page 1, 5 April 1971
  48. ^ Katsumata leads the charge, South China Morning Post, page 2, 30 March 1970
  49. ^ First Japanese ever to win at Fanling, Bembridge second, South China Morning Post, page 2, 31 March 1969
  50. ^ Randall Vines clings to title as dramatic Sugihara bid fools, South China Morning Post, page 2, 25 March 1968
  51. ^ Thomson wins golf title in play-off, South China Morning Post, page 1, 27 March 1967
  52. ^ Thrilling Duel Phillips Wins HK Open Despite Back Ailment, South China Morning Post, page 1, 28 March 1966
  53. ^ Thomson's Dramatic "Open" Win, South China Morning Post, page 1, 29 March 1965
  54. ^ Hsieh Retains Golf Title, South China Morning Post, page 1, 23 March 1964
  55. ^ Hsieh Yung-ho Wins H.K. Open, South China Morning Post, page 1, 11 March 1963
  56. ^ Woodward Wins H.K. Golf Open, South China Morning Post, page 1, 5 March 1962
  57. ^ Nagle Wins S.C.M. Post Open Golf tournament, South China Morning Post, page 1, 13 February 1961
  58. ^ Thomson Coasts to Victory in Open, South China Morning Post, 2 February 1960
  59. ^ "Crampton and Nagle Beaten". The Age. 3 February 1959. p. 20.
  60. ^ Robinson, Spencer (1989). Festina Lente – A History of the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club. Royal Hong Kong Golf Club. p. 105.
  61. ^ "Hong Kong Open: facts & figures, past champions and trivia". South China Morning Post. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2020.

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