Wales Open

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ISPS Handa Wales Open
Tournament information
Location Newport, Wales, U.K.
Established 2000
Course(s) Celtic Manor Resort
Twenty-Ten Course
Par 71
Length 7,352 yards (6,723 m)[1]
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund £1,800,000
Month played September
Tournament record score
Aggregate 260 Robert Karlsson (2006)
To par −22 Scott Strange (2008)
Current champion
Netherlands Joost Luiten

The Wales Open, presently known as the ISPS Handa Wales Open, is a professional golf tournament on the European Tour. It was founded in 2000. The event is hosted at the Celtic Manor Resort in the city of Newport, South Wales, also the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup. The tournament was originally played over the resort's Wentwood Hills course, through 2004. While that course was being redeveloped for the Ryder Cup, the Wales Open was played for three years (2005-07) on the Roman Road course, a par-69 venue. Since 2008, the event has been played on the Ryder Cup Twenty-Ten course. The tournament has previously been known as the Saab Wales Open and the Celtic Manor Wales Open due to past sponsorship deals.

ISPS Handa (International Sports Promotion Society) became the title sponsor in 2012 and the prize fund is £1.8 million.[2]

Records[edit]

In 2006, Sweden's Robert Karlsson broke the European Tour's 36-hole and 54-hole scoring records by shooting 124 for the first two rounds and 189 for the first three. However as the Roman Road course was a par-69, rare at the professional level, his to-par scores were slightly less remarkable 14-under after two rounds and 18-under after three. Karlsson shot two-over-par for the final round, but still won. In the same year, Phillip Archer posted a score of 60 in the first round, which would have been a 59 but for a missed birdie putt on the 18th green.

Course[edit]

The 2013 course layout, at the Twenty-Ten Course of the Celtic Manor Resort[1]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 465 610 189 461 433 452 213 439 580 3,842 210 562 458 189 413 377 477 211 613 3,510 7,352
Metres 425 558 173 422 396 413 195 401 530 3,513 192 514 419 173 378 345 436 193 561 3,211 6,724
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 36 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 35 71

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Winner Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse
()
Winner's
share (€)
ISPS Handa Wales Open
2014 18–21 Sep Netherlands Joost Luiten 65-69-65-71=270 −14 1 stroke England Tommy Fleetwood
Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry
2,254,680 375,780
2013 29 Aug – 1 Sep France Grégory Bourdy 67-72-70-67=276 −8 2 strokes United States Peter Uihlein 2,101,373 348,660
2012 31 May – 3 Jun Thailand Thongchai Jaidee 71-68-67-72=278 −6 1 stroke Denmark Thomas Bjørn
Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
Netherlands Joost Luiten
South Africa Richard Sterne
2,229,228 372,720
Saab Wales Open
2011 2–5 Jun Sweden Alexander Norén 67-67-71-70=275 −9 2 strokes France Grégory Bourdy
Denmark Anders Hansen
2,040,689 344,358
Celtic Manor Wales Open
2010 3–6 Jun Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell 72-70-64-63=269 −15 3 strokes Wales Rhys Davies 2,118,254 350,940
2009 29 May – 1 Jun Denmark Jeppe Huldahl 69-71-68-67=275 −9 1 stroke Sweden Niclas Fasth 2,073,926 343,086
2008 31 May – 3 Jun Australia Scott Strange 63-66-69-64=262 −22 4 strokes Sweden Robert Karlsson 2,270,187 376,671
2007 1–4 Jun South Africa Richard Sterne 67-67-64-65=263 −13 1 stroke Wales Bradley Dredge
Denmark Søren Kjeldsen
Singapore Mardan Mamat
Denmark Mads Vibe-Hastrup
2,216,194 368,812
2006 2–5 Jun Sweden Robert Karlsson 61-63-65-71=260 −16 3 strokes England Paul Broadhurst 2,177,968 364,352
2005 3–6 Jun Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez 63-67-70-62=262 −14 4 strokes Sweden Martin Erlandsson
Spain José Manuel Lara
2,207,900 362,568
2004 29 May – 1 Jun England Simon Khan 69-61-70-67=267 −21 Playoff England Paul Casey 2,274,124 375,092
Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open
2003 29 May – 1 Jun England Ian Poulter 65-67-68-70=270 −18 3 strokes South Africa Darren Fichardt
England Jonathan Lomas
Australia Jarrod Moseley
2,112,186 347,360
2002 8–11 Aug Scotland Paul Lawrie 67-65-70-70=272 −16 5 strokes England John Bickerton 1,753,869 291,432
2001 9–12 Aug Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley 67-71=138* −6 Playoff Scotland Paul Lawrie
England Daren Lee
1,228,125 201,685
2000 8–11 Jun Denmark Steen Tinning 70-68-66-69=273 −15 1 stroke England David Howell 1,213,353 199,839

* - Tournament was reduced to 36 holes in 2001 due to bad weather.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wales Open: venue – Course Info – Card of Course". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "ISPS Handa sponsorship boost for Wales Open". PGA European Tour. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wales Open: tournament history". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°36′27″N 2°56′00″W / 51.60750°N 2.93333°W / 51.60750; -2.93333