Korea Open (golf)

The Kolon Korea Open, as it is currently known for sponsorship reasons, is a men's professional golf tournament that has been held annually in South Korea since 1958.

Korea Open
Tournament information
Location South Korea
Established1958
Course(s)Woo Jeong Hills CC
Tour(s)Korean Tour
Asian Tour (1998–2004, 2006–2008, 2018–)
Asia Golf Circuit (1970–1981)
OneAsia Tour (2009–2017)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundKRW1,200,000,000
Month playedJune
Tournament record score
Aggregate265 Sergio García (2002)
To par−23 (as above)
Current champion
Thailand Jazz Janewattananond

The Korea Open was an event on the Asia Golf Circuit from 1970 until 1981. The Maekyung Open was founded in 1982 to replace it on the circuit, which allowed rescheduling of the Korea Open to later in the year.[1] It became a stop on the Asian Tour from 1998 to 2008, except for 2005, and then part of the OneAsia Tour schedule from 2009 to 2017, before returning to the Asian Tour in 2018.

In 2019, the total purse is KRW1,200,000,000 with KRW300,000,000 to the winner. The event has been played at Woo Jeong Hills since 2003.

In 2017, the winner and runner-up were eligible to compete in the 2017 Open Championship. Neither the winner, Chang Yi-keun, nor runner-up, Kim Gi-whan, had already qualified for the Open Championship so both took their places at the event. It was the first time either had played in the event. In 2018 the tournament became part of the Open Qualifying Series with two places available for the leading players not already qualified for the Open Championship.

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
Kolon Korea Open
2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic[2]
2019 Jazz Janewattananond   Thailand Woo Jeong Hills 278 −6 1 stroke   Hwang Inn-choon
2018 Choi Min-chel   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 272 −12 2 strokes   Park Sang-hyun
2017 Chang Yi-keun   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 277 −7 Playoff   Kim Gi-whan
2016 Lee Kyoung-hoon (2)   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 268 −16 3 strokes   Choi Jin-ho
2015 Lee Kyoung-hoon   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 271 −13 4 strokes   Kim Meen-whee
2014 Kim Seung-hyuk   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 282 −2 2 strokes   Noh Seung-yul
2013 Kang Sung-hoon   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 280 −4 1 stroke   Kim Hyung-tae
  Lee Chang-woo (a)
  Lee Sang-hee
  Rory McIlroy
  Mo Joong-kyung
2012 Kim Dae-sub (3)   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 279 −5 2 strokes   Kim Dae-hyun
Kolon Korea Open presented by Elord
2011 Rickie Fowler   United States Woo Jeong Hills 268 −16 6 strokes   Rory McIlroy
2010 Yang Yong-eun (2)   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 280 −4 2 strokes   Choi Ho-sung
  Kim Bi-o
Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open
2009 Bae Sang-moon (2)   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 274 −10 1 stroke   Kim Dae-sub
2008 Bae Sang-moon   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 273 −11 1 stroke   Ian Poulter
2007 Vijay Singh   Fiji Woo Jeong Hills 278 −6 1 stroke   Kim Kyung-tae
  Yang Yong-eun
2006 Yang Yong-eun   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 270 −14 3 strokes   Kang Ji-man
2005 Choi Gwang-soo   South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 282 −2 Playoff   Hur Won-kyung (a)
Kolon Korean Open
2004 Edward Loar   United States Woo Jeong Hills 286 −2 3 strokes   Simon Yates
2003 John Daly   United States Woo Jeong Hills 282 −6 1 stroke   Thaworn Wiratchant
Kolon Cup Korea Open
2002 Sergio García   Spain Hanyang 265 −23 3 strokes   Kang Wook-soon
2001 Kim Dae-sub (a) (2)   South Korea Hanyang 272 −16 3 strokes   Park Do-kyu
2000 Thongchai Jaidee   Thailand Seoul CC 278 −10 1 stroke   Craig Kamps
Kolon Korean Open
1999 K. J. Choi (2)   South Korea Seoul CC 278 −10 1 stroke   Kyi Hla Han
Korea Open
1998 Kim Dae-sub (a)   South Korea Hanyang 278 −10 5 strokes   Choi Sang-ho
  Fran Quinn
Elord Korea Open
1997 Kim Jong-duck   South Korea Hanyang 285 −3 Playoff   Choi Gwang-soo
  Andrew Pitts
  Shin Yong-jin
1996 K. J. Choi   South Korea Hanyang 279 −9 1 stroke   Kim Jong-duck
Year Winner Country Score
1995 Kwon Young-suk   South Korea 282
1994 Mike Cunning   United States 282
1993 Han Young-keun   South Korea 282
1992 S Noguchi   Japan 209
1991 Scott Hoch (2)   United States 279
1990 Scott Hoch   United States 278
1989 Cho Chul-sang   South Korea 210
1988 Kwak Yuh-yun   South Korea 282
1987 Choi Youn-soo   South Korea 283
1986 Choi Yoon-soo   South Korea 281
1985 Cho Ho-sang   South Korea 285
1984 Yeom Se-woon   South Korea 284
1983 Choi Sang-ho   South Korea 287
1982 Choi Yoon-Soo   South Korea 277 (−11)
1981 Chen Tze-ming (2)   Taiwan 285 (−3)
1980 Chen Tze-ming   Taiwan 214 (−4)
1979 Shen Chung-shyan   Taiwan 289 (+1)
1978 Kim Seung-hack (2)   South Korea 277 (−11)
1977 Ho Ming-chung   Taiwan 285 (−3)
1976 Katsunari Takahashi   Japan 214 (−2)
1975 Kuo Chie-Hsiung   Taiwan 284 (−4)
1974 Cho Tae-woon   South Korea 286 (−2)
1973 Kim Seung-hack   South Korea 282 (−6)
1972 Han Chang-sang (7)   South Korea 276 (−12)
1971 Han Chang-sang (6)   South Korea 281 (−7)
1970 Han Chang-sang (5)   South Korea 289 (+1)
1969 Hsieh Yung-yo (3)   Taiwan 286 (−2)
1968 Kin-Chung Chan   Taiwan 283 (−5)
1967 Han Chang-sang (4)   South Korea 281 (−7)
1966 Han Chang-sang (3)   South Korea 295 (+7)
1965 Han Chang-sang (2)   South Korea 288 (E)
1964 Han Chang-sang   South Korea 294 (+6)
1963 Hsieh Yung-yo (2)   Taiwan 287 (−1)
1962 Torakichi Nakamura   Japan 284 (−4)
1961 Hsieh Yung-yo   Taiwan 293 (+5)
1960 Orville Moody (3)   United States 288 (E)
1959 Orville Moody (2)   United States 301 (+13)
1958 Orville Moody   United States 306 (+18)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Foundation and Development". Korea Open. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  2. ^ Williams, Julie (16 May 2020). "Korea Open canceled for first time in event's 62-year history". Golfweek.

Donald Steel. Golf Records Facts and Champions. ISBN 0-85112-847-5.

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