Singapore Open (golf)

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Singapore Open
Tournament information
Location  Singapore
Established 1961
Course(s) Sentosa Golf Club
(Serapong course)
Par 71
Length 7,372 yards (6,741 m)
Tour(s) Asian Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund US$1,000,000
Month played January
Current champion
Italy Matteo Manassero

The Singapore Open is a golf tournament in Singapore that has been sanctioned by the Asian Tour from that tour's inception in 1995 and by the European Tour since 2009. It was founded in 1961 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.[1] 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.[2]

After a three-year absence, the tournament is scheduled to return in January 2016. The event will be sponsored by Sumitomo Mitsui Bank and will be cosanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.[3]

Winners[edit]

Ernie Els tees off on the 2nd hole on the Serapong course at Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore in round 1 of the 2007 Singapore Open. Ángel Cabrera (who went on to win the 2007 event) looks on from the left.
  • 2016 28–31 January
  • 2013–15 No tournament
Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
Year Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
2012 Matteo Manassero  Italy 271 −13 Playoff South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
2011 Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño  Spain 199* −14 Playoff Philippines Juvic Pagunsan
2010 Adam Scott (3)  Australia 267 −17 3 strokes Denmark Anders Hansen
2009 Ian Poulter  England 274 −10 1 stroke China Liang Wen-Chong

* 2011 tournament shortened to 54 holes due to weather

Prior to European Tour co-sanctioning

See also[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barclays Take up Title Sponsorship of the Singapore Open, asiantour.com, 23 May 2006.
  2. ^ Nair, Sanjay (19 July 2013). "Golf: No Singapore Open in 2013, but tournament will be held early next year". The Straits Times. 
  3. ^ "Singapore Open to return in 2016". Asian Tour. 28 January 2015. 

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