Korea Open (golf)

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Korea Open
Tournament information
Location  South Korea
Established 1958
Course(s) Woo Jeong Hills CC
Tour(s) Korean Tour
OneAsia Tour (2009–2017)
Asian Tour (1998–2004, 2006–2008, 2018–)
Format Stroke play
Prize fund KRW1,200,000,000
Month played May
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 Sergio García (2002)
To par −23 (as above)
Current champion
South Korea Lee Kyoung-hoon

The Kolon Korea Open, as it is currently known for sponsorship reasons, is a men's professional golf tournament that has been held annually in South Korea since 1958.

It was a sole-sanctioned event in the first 40 year that the tournament was hosted.

The Korea Open was a fixture on the Korean Tour until joint sanctioning with the Asian Tour from 1998–2004 and then from 2006–2008. Then in 2009, it became part of the rival OneAsia Tour's inaugural schedule and ended in 2017. The tournament will make a return to the Asian Tour in 2018.

In 2017, the total purse is KRW1,200,000,000 with KRW300,000,000 to the winner. The event has been played at four locations since its inception. Woo Jeong Hills since 2000, Hanyang in 1997 and 1998 and then in 2001 and 2002, and Soeul CC for the 1999 and 2000 Opens.

In 2017, the winner and runner-up are eligible to compete in the 2017 Open Championship. Neither the winner, Chang Yi-keun, nor runner-up, Kim Gi-whan, had already qualified for the Open Championship so both will take their places at the event. It will be the first time either will play in the event.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Kolon Korea Open
2017 Chang Yi-keun  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 277 −7 Playoff South Korea Kim Gi-whan
2016 Lee Kyoung-hoon (2)  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 268 −16 3 strokes South Korea Choi Jin-ho
2015 Lee Kyoung-hoon  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 271 −13 4 strokes South Korea Kim Meen-whee
2014 Kim Seung-hyuk  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 282 −2 2 strokes South Korea Noh Seung-yul
2013 Kang Sung-hoon  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 280 −4 1 stroke South Korea Kim Hyung-tae
South Korea Lee Chang-woo (a)
South Korea Lee Sang-hee
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
South Korea Mo Joong-kyung
2012 Kim Dae-sub (3)  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 279 −5 2 strokes South Korea Kim Dae-hyun
Kolon Korea Open presented by Elord
2011 Rickie Fowler  United States Woo Jeong Hills 268 −16 6 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
2010 Yang Yong-eun (2)  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 280 −4 2 strokes South Korea Choi Ho-sung
South Korea Kim Bi-o
Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open
2009 Bae Sang-moon (2)  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 274 −10 1 stroke South Korea Kim Dae-sub
2008 Bae Sang-moon  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 273 −11 1 stroke England Ian Poulter
2007 Vijay Singh  Fiji Woo Jeong Hills 278 −6 1 stroke South Korea Kim Kyung-tae
South Korea Yang Yong-eun
2006 Yang Yong-eun  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 270 −14 3 strokes South Korea Kang Ji-man
2005 Choi Gwang-soo  South Korea Woo Jeong Hills 282 −2 Playoff South Korea Hur Won-kyung (a)
Kolon Korean Open
2004 Edward Loar  United States Woo Jeong Hills 286 −2 3 strokes Scotland Simon Yates
2003 John Daly  United States Woo Jeong Hills 282 −6 1 stroke Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant
Kolon Cup Korea Open
2002 Sergio García  Spain Hanyang 265 −23 3 strokes South Korea Kang Wook-soon
2001 Kim Dae-sub (a) (2)  South Korea Hanyang 272 −16 3 strokes South Korea Park Do-kyu
2000 Thongchai Jaidee  Thailand Seoul CC 278 −10 1 stroke South Africa Craig Kamps
Kolon Korean Open
1999 K. J. Choi (2)  South Korea Seoul CC 278 −10 1 stroke Myanmar Kyi Hla Han
Korea Open
1998 Kim Dae-sub (a)  South Korea Hanyang 277 −11 6 strokes South Korea Choi Sang-ho
United States Fran Quinn
Elord Korea Open
1997 Kim Jong-duck  South Korea Hanyang 285 −3 Playoff South Korea Choi Gwang-soo
United States Andrew Pitts
South Korea Shin Yong-jin
Year Winner Country Score
1996 K. J. Choi  South Korea 279
1995 Kwon Young-suck  South Korea 282
1994 Mike Cunning  United States 282
1993 Han Young-keun  South Korea 282
1992 S Noguchi  Japan 209
1991 Scott Hoch (2)  United States 279
1990 Scott Hoch  United States 278
1989 Cho Chul-sang  South Korea 210
1988 Kwak Yuh-yun  South Korea 282
1987 Choi Youn-soo  South Korea 283
1986 Tsao Chien-Teng  Thailand 280 (−8)
1985 Chen Tze-chung  Taiwan 280 (−8)
1984 Michael Clayton  Australia 283 (−5)
1983 Hiroshi Yamada  Japan 212 (−4)
1982 Choi Yoon-Soo  South Korea 277 (−11)
1981 Chen Tze-ming (2)  Taiwan 285 (−3)
1980 Chen Tze-ming  Taiwan 214 (−4)
1979 Shen Chung-Shyan  Taiwan 289 (+1)
1978 Kim Seung-Hack (2)  South Korea 277 (−11)
1977 Ho Ming-Chung  Taiwan 285 (−3)
1976 Katsunari Takahashi  Japan 214 (−2)
1975 Kuo Chie-Hsiung  Taiwan 284 (−4)
1974 Cho Tae-Woon  South Korea 286 (−2)
1973 Kim Seung-Hack  South Korea 282 (−6)
1972 Han Chang-sang (7)  South Korea 276 (−12)
1971 Han Chang-sang (6)  South Korea 281 (−7)
1970 Han Chang-sang (5)  South Korea 289 (+1)
1969 Hsieh Yung-yo (3)  Taiwan 286 (−2)
1968 Kin-Chung Chan  Taiwan 283 (−5)
1967 Han Chang-sang (4)  South Korea 281 (−7)
1966 Han Chang-sang (3)  South Korea 295 (+7)
1965 Han Chang-sang (2)  South Korea 288 (E)
1964 Han Chang-sang  South Korea 294 (+6)
1963 Hsieh Yung-yo (2)  Taiwan 287 (−1)
1962 Torakichi Nakamura  Japan 284 (−4)
1961 Hsieh Yung-yo  Taiwan 293 (+5)
1960 Orville Moody (3)  United States 288 (E)
1959 Orville Moody (2)  United States 301 (+13)
1958 Orville Moody  United States 306 (+18)

References[edit]

Donald Steel. Golf Records Facts and Champions. ISBN 0-85112-847-5. 

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