Korean Tour

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The Korean Tour is a men's professional golf tour run by the Korea Professional Golfers' Association (KPGA) of South Korea. In 2011, it had total prize money of about US$14 million.

Professional golf in Korea dates back to the mid 20th century. The Korean Professional Golf Championship and the Korean Open were launched in 1958 and the KPGA was founded in 1963. Various other tournaments were created over the following decades.

The KPGA's tours serve as feeders for richer tours around the world. Substantial numbers of Korean golfers have played on the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour, and a few have made it onto the PGA Tour or the European Tour, including Yang Yong-eun, who was the first Korean to win a major championship, and Choi Kyung-Ju, who has won several PGA Tour events.

Main tour[edit]

In 2011, there were 17 events on the main tour. All these tournament have prize funds of at least 300 million won (approximately US$300,000). Four have prize funds of 1 billion won (US$1 million) while the Ballantine's Championship has a prize fund of 2.2 million euros (approximately US$3.1 million). Total prize money for the tour is approximately 12 billion won (US$12 million).

Until 2011, regular Korean Tour events did not carry Official World Golf Ranking points. The first regular tournament to carry World Rankings Points was the 2011 Twayair Open.[1] Korean Tour events carry values of six OWGR points. Those co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour carry values of 10–14 OWGR points depending on venue and strength of field.

2014 schedule[edit]

Date Tournament Prize fund
(KRW)
Winner OWGR
points
Notes
20 Apr Dongbu Promi Open 400,000,000 South Korea Lee Dong-min 6
11 May GS Caltex Maekyung Open 1,000,000,000 South Korea Park Jun-won 10 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
18 May SK Telecom Open 1,000,000,000 South Korea Kim Seung-hyuk 10 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
25 May Descente Korea Munsingwear Matchplay Championship 800,000,000 South Korea Lee Ki-sang 8
1 Jun Happiness Songhak Construction Open 500,000,000 South Korea Kim Woo-hyun 6
15 Jun Bosung CC Classic 300,000,000 South Korea Kim Woo-hyun 6
29 Jun Gunsan CC Open 300,000,000 South Korea Joo Heung-chol 6
13 Jul Yamaha Hankyung KPGA Championship 1,000,000,000 Australia Matthew Griffin 6
10 Aug Maeil Dairies Open 300,000,000 South Korea Hwang Jung-gon 6
24 Aug Vainer Pineridge Open 500,000,000
24 Aug Pine Beach Open 300,000,000
12 Oct KJ Choi Invitational
26 Oct Kolon Korea Open 1,000,000,000 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
2 Nov Hearld Tour Championship 300,000,000
9 Nov Shinhan Donghae Open 1,000,000,000

Other KPGA tours[edit]

The KPGA launched a developmental tour in 1999. In 2007 there are two developmental tours. Both of them consist of two-day, 36-hole tournaments, and the dates of the tours do not clash. The Bear River Tour consists of ten tournaments with prize funds of 60 million won (US$60,000) each, and the SBS Golf Calloway Tour has eight tournaments with prize funds of 40 million won (US$40,000) each.

The KPGA also runs a senior tour and a series of events for teaching pros. The Korean Senior Open Golf Championship was launched in 1996.

Women's professional golf has a high profile in South Korea, due to the immense international success of Korean women golfers such as Se Ri Pak since the mid-1990s. There is a separate LPGA of Korea Tour for women.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking 2011 Week 14". 3 April 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 

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