BMW Asian Open

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BMW Asian Open
Tournament information
Location Shanghai, China
Established 2001
Tour(s) Asian Tour
European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $2,300,000
Month played April
Final year 2008
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Ernie Els (2005)
To par −26 Ernie Els (2005)
Final champion
Northern Ireland Darren Clarke

The BMW Asian Open was a men's professional golf tournament that was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour. The event was founded in 2001, as part of the European Tour's drive to expand into Asia, and China in particular.

The first two editions were held at Ta Shee Golf and Country Club in Taiwan, before the tournament was moved to the People's Republic of China in 2004, since when it was played at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club in Pudong, Shanghai.

In 2005 Ernie Els set a new Asian Tour record for the biggest margin of victory when he triumphed by 13 strokes.[1] In 2008 the prize fund was $2.3 million, an increase of more than fifty percent from the 2006 fund of $1.5 million.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
2008 (2008) Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 280 −8 1 stroke Netherlands Robert-Jan Derksen [2]
2007 (2007) Raphaël Jacquelin  France 278 −10 2 strokes Denmark Søren Kjeldsen [3]
2006 (2006) Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño  Spain 281 −7 Playoff
(1st hole)
Sweden Henrik Stenson [4]
2005 (2005) Ernie Els  South Africa 262 −26 13 strokes England Simon Wakefield [5]
2004 (2004) Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 274 −14 3 strokes England Simon Dyson [6]
2002 (2003) Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 273 −15 1 stroke India Jyoti Randhawa [7]
2001 (2002) Jarmo Sandelin  Sweden 278 −10 1 stroke Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
Spain José María Olazábal
[8]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the European Tour season the event fell into.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Els romps to victory at BMW Asian Open". Sydney Morning Herald. Reuters. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Clarke claims dramatic Asian win". BBC Sport. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Jacquelin claims Asian Open title". BBC Sport. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Fernandez-Castano wins Asian Open in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Els strolls to victory at BMW Asian Open". USA Today (Shanghai). Associated Press. 1 May 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Jimenez hoovers up as Dyson loses lead". The Scotsman. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Harrington a winner in Asia". RTÉ Sport. 24 November 2002. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  8. ^ Casey, Phil (26 November 2001). "Sandelin celebrates end to tour title drought". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 

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