The Championship at Laguna National

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The Championship at Laguna National
Tournament information
Location Tampines, Singapore
Established 2008
Course(s) Laguna National Golf & CC
Par 72
Length 7,207 yards (6,590 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Asian Tour
Korean Tour (2008–13)
Format Stroke play
Prize fund US$1,500,000
Month played May
Final year 2014
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Graeme McDowell (2008)
264 Jeev Milkha Singh (2008)
To par −24 (as above)
Final champion
Chile Felipe Aguilar

The Championship at Laguna National, previously known as Ballantine's Championship, was a European Tour golf tournament which was played for the first time from 13 to 16 March 2008 at Pinx Golf Club on the island of Jeju in South Korea. It was the first European Tour event to be staged in Korea.

From 2008 to 2010, the tournament was played at Pinx Golf Club. From 2011 to 2013, the tournament was played at Blackstone Golf Club. In 2014, the event has moved to Laguna National Golf & CC in Singapore.

The tournament was announced in July 2007 by the European Tour in partnership with the Korean PGA,[1] marking a continuation of the European Tour's expansion into Asia. The Asian Tour, which had not been offered the co-sanctioning rights to which it felt it was entitled, responded by calling the event an "invasive" action that "colonised" Asia in "blatant disregard" of the "principles of the International Federation of PGA Tours",[2] but six months later it agreed terms to co-sanction the event.[3] The prize fund in the first year was 2 million (circa US$2.9 million).


Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
The Championship at Laguna National
2014 Felipe Aguilar  Chile 266 −22 1 stroke Denmark Anders Hansen
United States David Lipsky
Ballantine's Championship
2013 Brett Rumford  Australia 277 −11 Playoff Australia Marcus Fraser
Scotland Peter Whiteford
2012 Bernd Wiesberger  Austria 270 −18 5 strokes Scotland Richie Ramsay
2011 Lee Westwood  England 276 −12 1 stroke Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2010 Marcus Fraser  Australia 204* −12 4 strokes Northern Ireland Gareth Maybin
Australia Brett Rumford
2009 Thongchai Jaidee  Thailand 284 −4 Playoff Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
South Korea Kang Sung-hoon
2008 Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 264 −24 Playoff India Jeev Milkha Singh

*Shortened to 54 holes due to bad weather.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ballantine's brings first European Tour event to Korea". PGA European Tour. 3 July 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Garrod, Mark (3 July 2007). "Asian Tour left fuming". Sporting Life. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Asian Tour co-sanctions Indian Masters". Calcutta Telegraph. 16 January 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 

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