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The Singapore Open is a golf tournament in Singapore that has been sanctioned by the Asian Tour from that tour's second season, 1996. The event was co-sanctioned with the European Tour from 2009 to 2012, and with the Japan Golf Tour since 2016. Prior to being an Asian Tour event it had been on the Australasian Tour from 1993 to 1995.[1]

Singapore Open
Singapore Open logo.png
Location Singapore
Established1961
Course(s)Sentosa Golf Club
(Serapong course)
Par71
Length7,372 yards (6,741 m)
Tour(s)Asian Tour (since 1996)
European Tour (2009–2012)
Japan Golf Tour (since 2016)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$1,000,000
Month playedJanuary
Thailand Jazz Janewattananond
Sentosa GC is located in Singapore
Sentosa GC
Sentosa GC
Location in Singapore

It was founded in 1961[2] and was staged annually until 2001, when it was won by Thaworn Wiratchant. It was then cancelled for lack of sponsorship. Other winners in the years leading up to this included American Shaun Micheel in 1998, who went on to win the 2003 PGA Championship.

The Singapore Golf Association initially hoped to revive the event after skipping only one year, but the tournament was not resuscitated 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.[3] In 2011, the purse was US$6,000,000.

The 2013 edition was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship and the event's future was unclear.[4]

After a three-year absence, the tournament returned in January 2016. The event is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.[5] It features Sumitomo Mitsui Bank as title sponsor and has a US$1 million purse.

In 2017, the event was added as part of the Open Qualifying Series, giving up to four non-exempt players entry into The Open Championship.

WinnersEdit

Asian and Japan Golf Tour event (2016–)
Year Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
SMBC Singapore Open
2019 Jazz Janewattananond   Thailand 266 −18 2 strokes   Paul Casey
  Yoshinori Fujimoto
2018 Sergio García   Spain 270 −14 5 strokes   Satoshi Kodaira
  Shaun Norris
2017 Prayad Marksaeng   Thailand 275 −9 1 stroke   Phachara Khongwatmai
  Jbe' Kruger
  Juvic Pagunsan
  Song Young-han
2016 Song Young-han   South Korea 272 −12 1 stroke   Jordan Spieth
  • 2013–15 No tournament
Asian and European Tour event (2009–2012)
Year Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
Barclays Singapore Open
2012 Matteo Manassero   Italy 271 −13 Playoff   Louis Oosthuizen
2011* Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño   Spain 199* −14 Playoff   Juvic Pagunsan
2010 Adam Scott (3)   Australia 267 −17 3 strokes   Anders Hansen
2009 Ian Poulter   England 274 −10 1 stroke   Liang Wen-Chong

* 2011 tournament shortened to 54 holes due to weather

Asian Tour event (2005–2008)
Year Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
Barclays Singapore Open
2008 Jeev Milkha Singh   India 277 −7 1 stroke   Pádraig Harrington
  Ernie Els
2007 Ángel Cabrera   Argentina 276 −8 1 stroke   Vijay Singh
2006 Adam Scott (2)   Australia 205* −8 Playoff   Ernie Els
2005 Adam Scott   Australia 271 −13 7 strokes   Lee Westwood

* 2006 tournament was shortened to 54 holes Scott beat Els in a 3 hole playoff

  • 2002–04 No tournament
Asian Tour event (1996–2001)
Australasian Tour event (1993–1995)
Year Champion Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Ref
Epson Singapore Open
1995 Steven Conran   Australia Singapore Island CC 270 −14 3 strokes   Andrew Bonhomme [6]
1994 Kyi Hla Han   Myanmar Tanah Merah CC 275 −13 1 stroke   Wayne Grady [7]
1993 Paul Moloney   Australia Tanah Merah CC 276 −12 1 stroke   Richard Green [8]
Prior to Australasian Tour sanctioning

See alsoEdit

  • Singapore Masters – a golf tournament which is co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2016 Media Guide. PGA Tour of Australasia. p. 166.
  2. ^ "Here's how all began..." Singapore Monitor. 21 March 1984. p. 35.
  3. ^ "Barclays Take up Title Sponsorship of the Singapore Open". Asian Tour. 23 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2 June 2006.
  4. ^ Nair, Sanjay (19 July 2013). "Golf: No Singapore Open in 2013, but tournament will be held early next year". The Straits Times.
  5. ^ "Singapore Open to return in 2016". Asian Tour. 28 January 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Neumann storms home to clinch Open at the third play-off hole". The Canberra Times. 71 (22, 124). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 13 November 1995. p. 22. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "McCumber turns tip into riches". The Canberra Times. 70 (21, 747). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 1 November 1994. p. 22. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Norman fires 62: 'not a great round'". The Canberra Times. 67 (21, 146). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 8 March 1993. p. 28. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.

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