Singapore Open (golf)

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The Singapore Open is a golf tournament in Singapore that is part of the Asian Tour schedule. The event has been held at Sentosa Golf Club since 2005 and since 2017 has been part of the Open Qualifying Series, giving up to four non-exempt players entry into The Open Championship.

Singapore Open
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Tournament information
LocationSingapore
Established1961
Course(s)Sentosa Golf Club
(Serapong course)
Par71
Length7,372 yards (6,741 m)
Tour(s)Asian Tour
Japan Golf Tour
European Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Asia Golf Circuit
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$1,000,000
Month playedJanuary
Tournament record score
Aggregate266 Jazz Janewattananond (2019)
Matt Kuchar (2020)
To par−18 as above
Current champion
United States Matt Kuchar
Location Map
Sentosa GC is located in Singapore
Sentosa GC
Sentosa GC
Location in Singapore

The Singapore Open was founded in 1961 and was one of the tournaments on the first season of the Far East Circuit (later the Asia Golf Circuit) the following year.[1] It remained part of the Asia circuit until 1993 when it became a fixture on the Australasian Tour.[2] After just 3 seasons, it left the Australasian Tour to join the fledgling Asian Tour for that tour's second season in 1996.[3] The event was also co-sanctioned with the European Tour from 2009 to 2012, and with the Japan Golf Tour since 2016.

HistoryEdit

The Singapore Open was founded in 1961[4] and was staged annually until 2001, when it was won by Thaworn Wiratchant. Other winners in the years leading up to this included American Shaun Micheel in 1998, who went on to win the 2003 PGA Championship.

In 2002 the event was cancelled because of lack of sponsorship. It was not revived until 2005, when sponsorship was secured from the Sentosa Leisure Group. The 2005 prize fund was $2 million, which made the Singapore Open by far the richest tournament exclusive to the Asian Tour that was not co-sanctioned by the European Tour, a status it retained until the European Tour first co-sanctioned the event in 2009. Asian Tour chief executive Louis Martin claimed when the revival of the tournament was announced, "Competing for a prize purse of two million US dollars will give our playing membership a huge boost and elevate the Asian Tour to a new level." The 2005 event was played in September.

The 2006 Singapore Open offered a purse of US$3 million with a winner's share of US$475,000. In May 2006 it was announced that Barclays Bank would sponsor the event for five years from 2006 and that the prize fund will be increased to US$4 million in 2007 and US$5 million in 2008.[5] In 2011, the purse was US$6,000,000. The 2013 edition was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.[6]

After a three-year absence, the tournament returned in January 2016. The event is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.[7] It features Sumitomo Mitsui Bank as title sponsor and has a US$1 million purse.

WinnersEdit

Year Tour[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Venue Ref.
SMBC Singapore Open
2021 No tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic [8]
2020 ASA, JPN   Matt Kuchar 266 −18 3 strokes   Justin Rose Sentosa
2019 ASA, JPN   Jazz Janewattananond 266 −18 2 strokes   Paul Casey
  Yoshinori Fujimoto
Sentosa
2018 ASA, JPN   Sergio García 270 −14 5 strokes   Satoshi Kodaira
  Shaun Norris
Sentosa
2017 ASA, JPN   Prayad Marksaeng 275 −9 1 stroke   Phachara Khongwatmai
  Jbe' Kruger
  Juvic Pagunsan
  Song Young-han
Sentosa
2016 ASA, JPN   Song Young-han 272 −12 1 stroke   Jordan Spieth Sentosa
Singapore Open
2013–2015: No tournament
Barclays Singapore Open
2012 ASA, EUR   Matteo Manassero 271 −13 Playoff   Louis Oosthuizen Sentosa
2011 ASA, EUR   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño 199[b] −14 Playoff   Juvic Pagunsan Sentosa
2010 ASA, EUR   Adam Scott (3) 267 −17 3 strokes   Anders Hansen Sentosa
2009 ASA, EUR   Ian Poulter 274 −10 1 stroke   Liang Wenchong Sentosa
2008 ASA   Jeev Milkha Singh 277 −7 1 stroke   Pádraig Harrington
  Ernie Els
Sentosa
2007 ASA   Ángel Cabrera 276 −8 1 stroke   Vijay Singh Sentosa
2006 ASA   Adam Scott (2) 205[c] −8 Playoff[d]   Ernie Els Sentosa
2005 ASA   Adam Scott 271 −13 7 strokes   Lee Westwood Sentosa
Singapore Open
2002–2004: No tournament
Alcatel Singapore Open
2001 ASA   Thaworn Wiratchant 272 −16 1 stroke   Hsieh Yu-shu Jurong [9]
Singapore Open
2000 ASA   Jyoti Randhawa 268 −20 3 strokes   Hendrik Buhrmann Singapore Island
(Island course)
Nokia Singapore Open
1999 ASA   Kenny Druce 276 −12 Playoff   Desvonde Botes Orchid
Ericsson Singapore Open
1998 ASA   Shaun Micheel 272 −16 2 strokes   Hendrik Buhrmann Safra
SingTel Ericsson Singapore Open
1997 ASA   Zaw Moe 277 −11 3 strokes   Fran Quinn Jurong
Canon Singapore Open
1996 ASA   John Kernohan 285 −3 1 stroke   Darren Cole
  Craig Kamps
  Brad King
  Peter Lonard
  Robert Willis
Laguna National
Epson Singapore Open
1995 ANZ   Steven Conran 270 −14 3 strokes   Andrew Bonhomme Singapore Island [10]
1994 ANZ   Kyi Hla Han 275 −13 1 stroke   Wayne Grady Tanah Merah [11]
1993 ANZ   Paul Moloney 276 −12 1 stroke   Richard Green Tanah Merah [12]
1992 AGC   Bill Israelson 267 6 strokes   Frankie Miñoza Singapore Island [13]
1991 AGC   Jack Kay Jr. 280 2 strokes   Wayne Riley Tanah Merah [14]
1990 AGC   Antolin Fernando 273 Playoff   Frankie Miñoza Singapore Island
Singapore Open
1989 AGC   Lu Chien-soon (2) 282 1 stroke   Carlos Espinosa Tanah Merah [15]
1988 AGC   Greg Bruckner 281 1 stroke   Chung Chun-hsing Tanah Merah [16]
1987 AGC   Peter Fowler 274 Playoff   Hsu Sheng-san
  Jeff Maggert
Singapore Island [17]
1986 AGC   Greg Turner 271 4 strokes   Tony Grimes
  Duffy Waldorf
Singapore Island [18]
1985 AGC   Chen Tze-ming 274 Playoff   Greg Turner Singapore Island [19]
1984 AGC   Tom Sieckmann 274 2 strokes   Terry Gale
  Kyi Hla Han
  Bill Israelson
Singapore Island [20]
1983 AGC   Lu Chien-soon 279 Playoff   Bill Brask Singapore Island [21]
1982 AGC   Hsu Sheng-san 274 5 strokes   Terry Gale Singapore Island [22]
1981 AGC   Mya Aye 273 2 strokes   Lu Hsi-chuen Singapore Island [23]
1980 AGC   Kurt Cox 276 1 stroke   Mya Aye
  Hsu Sheng-san
Singapore Island [24][25]
1979 AGC   Lu Hsi-chuen 280 Playoff   Hsu Sheng-san Singapore Island [26]
1978 AGC   Terry Gale 278 1 stroke   Mya Aye Singapore Island [27]
1977 AGC   Hsu Chi-san 277 1 stroke   Ben Arda
  Mya Aye
Singapore Island [28]
1976 AGC   Kesahiko Uchida 273 2 strokes   Ben Arda Singapore Island [29]
1975 AGC   Yutaka Suzuki 284 1 stroke   Hsieh Min-Nan
  Kuo Chie-Hsiung
Singapore Island
(New course)
[30]
1974 AGC   Eleuterio Nival 275 4 strokes   Hsieh Yung-yo Singapore Island [31]
1973 AGC   Ben Arda (2) 284 Playoff   Norman Wood Singapore Island [32]
1972 AGC   Takaaki Kono 279 4 strokes   Takashi Murakami Singapore Island
(New course)
[33]
1971 AGC   Haruo Yasuda 277 2 strokes   Takaaki Kono
  Peter Thomson
Singapore Island [34]
1970 AGC   Hsieh Yung-yo (2) 276 2 strokes   David Graham
  Haruo Yasuda
Singapore Island [35]
1969 AGC   Tomio Kamata 278 Playoff   David Graham
  Guy Wolstenholme
Singapore Island [36]
1968 AGC   Hsieh Yung-yo 275 6 strokes   Han Chang-sang
  Kenji Hosoishi
Singapore Island [37]
1967 AGC   Ben Arda 282 Playoff   Hideyo Sugimoto Singapore Island [38]
1966 AGC   Ross Newdick 284 Playoff   Lu Liang-Huan
  George Will
Singapore Island [39]
1965 AGC   Frank Phillips (2) 279 2 strokes   Tadashi Kitta Singapore Island [40]
1964 AGC   Ted Ball 291 1 stroke   Eric Cremin
  Tadashi Kitta
Singapore Island [41]
1963 AGC   Alan Brookes 276 7 strokes   Tomoo Ishii Royal Island [42]
1962 AGC   Brian Wilkes 283 2 strokes   Haruyoshi Kobari Royal Singapore [43]
1961 AGC   Frank Phillips 275 8 strokes   Darrell Welch Royal Island [44]
  1. ^ ASA – Asian Tour (formerly Asian PGA/Omega/Davidoff Tour); AGC – Asia Golf Circuit; ANZ – PGA Tour of Australasia; EUR – European Tour; JPN – Japan Golf Tour
  2. ^ 2011 tournament shortened to 54 holes due to weather.
  3. ^ 2006 tournament was shortened to 54 holes.
  4. ^ Scott beat Els in a 3 hole playoff.

See alsoEdit

  • Singapore Masters – a golf tournament which was co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours from 2001 to 2007

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Steel, Donald (1987). Golf Records, Facts and Champions. Guinness. pp. 153–155. ISBN 0851128475.
  2. ^ 2016 Media Guide. PGA Tour of Australasia. p. 166.
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  4. ^ "Here's how all began..." Singapore Monitor. 21 March 1984. p. 35.
  5. ^ "Barclays Take up Title Sponsorship of the Singapore Open". Asian Tour. 23 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2 June 2006.
  6. ^ Nair, Sanjay (19 July 2013). "Golf: No Singapore Open in 2013, but tournament will be held early next year". The Straits Times.
  7. ^ "Singapore Open to return in 2016". Asian Tour. 28 January 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015.
  8. ^ Kwek, Kimberly (21 January 2021). "SMBC Singapore Open postponed to 2022". The Straits Times. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
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  13. ^ "Israelson bags the Singapore Open with ease". New Straits Times. 2 March 1992.
  14. ^ "Consistent Kay Hits the Jackpot". New Straits Times. 25 February 1991. p. F27. Retrieved 15 December 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  15. ^ "Lu fights back to win title". Business Times. 20 March 1989. p. 14.
  16. ^ "Who says nice guys finish last?". Business Times. 14 March 1988. p. 13.
  17. ^ "Aussie golfer wins Open in three-way play-off". The Straits Times. 30 March 1987. p. 1.
  18. ^ "Turner wins by four strokes". Business Times. 7 March 1986. p. 9.
  19. ^ "Tze-Ming wins Open in style". Singapore Monitor. 1 April 1985. p. 23.
  20. ^ "Sieckmann swings it". The Straits Times. 26 March 1984. p. 25.
  21. ^ "Lu sinks Brask in sudden death". Singapore Monitor. 14 March 1983. p. 26.
  22. ^ "It's a Hat-trick". The Straits Times. 29 March 1982. p. 35.
  23. ^ "Mya charges in to victory". The Straits Times. 30 March 1981. p. 30.
  24. ^ "Cox wins Singapore Open". The Straits Times. 31 March 1980. p. 31.
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  26. ^ "Master Lu's title after sudden-death with Hsu". The Straits Times. 5 March 1979. p. 30.
  27. ^ "Gale storms ahead at 8th". New Nation. 27 March 1978. p. 20.
  28. ^ "Hsu wins with his cool golf..." The Straits Times. 28 March 1977. p. 27.
  29. ^ "Uchida holds late Arda challenge to win S'pore Open". The Straits Times. 15 March 1976. p. 26.
  30. ^ "Newcomer Suzuki is shock Singapore Open golf winner". The Straits Times. 24 March 1975. p. 26.
  31. ^ "Stocky Nival bags Singapore Open with a sizzling 67". The Straits Times. 4 March 1974. p. 24.
  32. ^ "Evergreen Arda wins Open by 'sudden death'". The Straits Times. 12 March 1973. p. 29.
  33. ^ "It's Kono's title as Jumbo crashes". The Straits Times. 6 March 1972. p. 31.
  34. ^ "No-risk Yasuda is Open golf champion". The Straits Times. 8 March 1971. p. 27.
  35. ^ "Yung Yo's S'pore Open by 2 strokes". The Straits Times. 2 March 1970. p. 24.
  36. ^ "Kamata triumphs". The Straits Times. 10 March 1969. p. 20.
  37. ^ "Yung-Yo fires eagle to signal victory". The Straits Times. 4 March 1968. p. 20.
  38. ^ "Arda wins Singapore Open". The Straits Times. 6 March 1967. p. 20.
  39. ^ "It's Newdick's Open". The Straits Times. 7 March 1966. p. 21.
  40. ^ "Phillips wears down Kitta with superb 66". The Straits Times. 8 March 1965. p. 17.
  41. ^ "S'pore Open to Ted Ball". The Straits Times. 9 March 1964. p. 18.
  42. ^ "It's Brookes title with scorching round of 64". The Straits Times. 25 February 1963. p. 20.
  43. ^ "Wilkes grabs $5,000 first prize". The Straits Times. 19 February 1962. p. 17.
  44. ^ "Easy victory for Phillips". The Straits Times. 6 February 1961. p. 15.

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Coordinates: 1°18′N 103°48′E / 1.3°N 103.8°E / 1.3; 103.8