Singapore Open (golf)

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Singapore Open
Singapore Open logo.png
Tournament information
Location Singapore
Established1961
Course(s)Sentosa Golf Club
(Serapong course)
Par71
Length7,372 yards (6,741 m)
Tour(s)Asian Tour (since 1996)
Japan Golf Tour (since 2016)
European Tour (2009–2012)
Australasian Tour (1993–1995)
Asia Golf Circuit (1962–1992)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$1,000,000
Month playedJanuary
Current champion
United States Matt Kuchar
Sentosa GC is located in Singapore
Sentosa GC
Sentosa GC
Location in Singapore

The Singapore Open is a golf tournament in Singapore that is part of the Asian Tour schedule. The event has been held at Sentosa Golf Club since 2005 and since 2017 has been part of the Open Qualifying Series, giving up to four non-exempt players entry into The Open Championship.

The Singapore Open was founded in 1961 and was one of the tournaments on the first season of the Far East Circuit (later the Asia Golf Circuit) the following year.[1] It remained part of the Asia circuit until 1993 when it became a fixture on the Australasian Tour.[2] After just 3 seasons, it left the Australasian Tour to join the fledgling Asian Tour for that tour's second season in 1996.[3] The event was also co-sanctioned with the European Tour from 2009 to 2012, and with the Japan Golf Tour since 2016.

History[edit]

The Singapore Open was founded in 1961[4] and was staged annually until 2001, when it was won by Thaworn Wiratchant. Other winners in the years leading up to this included American Shaun Micheel in 1998, who went on to win the 2003 PGA Championship.

In 2002 the event was cancelled because of lack of sponsorship. It was not revived 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.[5] In 2011, the purse was US$6,000,000. The 2013 edition was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.[6]

After a three-year absence, the tournament returned in January 2016. The event is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.[7] It features Sumitomo Mitsui Bank as title sponsor and has a US$1 million purse.

Winners[edit]

Year Tour[a] Champion Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
SMBC Singapore Open
2020 ASA, JPN Matt Kuchar  United States 266 −18 3 strokes England Justin Rose
2019 ASA, JPN Jazz Janewattananond  Thailand 266 −18 2 strokes England Paul Casey
Japan Yoshinori Fujimoto
2018 ASA, JPN Sergio García  Spain 270 −14 5 strokes Japan Satoshi Kodaira
South Africa Shaun Norris
2017 ASA, JPN Prayad Marksaeng  Thailand 275 −9 1 stroke Thailand Phachara Khongwatmai
South Africa Jbe' Kruger
Philippines Juvic Pagunsan
South Korea Song Young-han
2016 ASA, JPN Song Young-han  South Korea 272 −12 1 stroke United States Jordan Spieth
Singapore Open
2013–15 No tournament
Barclays Singapore Open
2012 ASA, EUR Matteo Manassero  Italy 271 −13 Playoff South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
2011 ASA, EUR Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño  Spain 199[b] −14 Playoff Philippines Juvic Pagunsan
2010 ASA, EUR Adam Scott (3)  Australia 267 −17 3 strokes Denmark Anders Hansen
2009 ASA, EUR Ian Poulter  England 274 −10 1 stroke China Liang Wen-Chong
2008 ASA Jeev Milkha Singh  India 277 −7 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
South Africa Ernie Els
2007 ASA Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 276 −8 1 stroke Fiji Vijay Singh
2006 ASA Adam Scott (2)  Australia 205[c] −8 Playoff[d] South Africa Ernie Els
2005 ASA Adam Scott  Australia 271 −13 7 strokes England Lee Westwood
Singapore Open
2002–04 No tournament
Alcatel Singapore Open
2001 ASA Thaworn Wiratchant  Thailand Jurong CC 272 −16 1 stroke Taiwan Hsieh Yu-shu
Singapore Open
2000 ASA Jyoti Randhawa  India Singapore Island CC
(Island course)
268 −20 3 strokes South Africa Hendrik Buhrmann
Nokia Singapore Open
1999 ASA Kenny Druce  Australia Orchid CC 276 −12 Playoff South Africa Desvonde Botes
Ericsson Singapore Open
1998 ASA Shaun Micheel  United States Safra Resort & CC 272 −16 2 strokes South Africa Hendrik Buhrmann
SingTel Ericsson Singapore Open
1997 ASA Zaw Moe  Myanmar Jurong CC 277 −11 3 strokes United States Fran Quinn
Canon Singapore Open
1996 ASA John Kernohan  United States Laguna National G&CC 285 −3 1 stroke Australia Darren Cole
South Africa Craig Kamps
Australia Brad King
Australia Peter Lonard
Australia Robert Willis
Epson Singapore Open
1995 ANZ Steven Conran  Australia Singapore Island CC 270 −14 3 strokes Australia Andrew Bonhomme [8]
1994 ANZ Kyi Hla Han  Myanmar Tanah Merah CC 275 −13 1 stroke Australia Wayne Grady [9]
1993 ANZ Paul Moloney  Australia Tanah Merah CC 276 −12 1 stroke Australia Richard Green [10]
1992 AGC Bill Israelson  United States Singapore Island CC 267 6 strokes Philippines Frankie Miñoza [11]
1991 AGC Jack Kay, Jr.  Canada Tanah Merah CC 280 2 strokes Australia Wayne Riley
1990 AGC Antolin Fernando  Philippines Singapore Island CC 273 Playoff Philippines Frankie Miñoza
Singapore Open
1989 AGC Lu Chien-soon (2)  Taiwan Tanah Merah CC 282 1 stroke Mexico Carlos Espinoza [12]
1988 AGC Greg Bruckner  United States Tanah Merah CC 281 1 stroke Taiwan Chung Chun-hsing [13]
1987 AGC Peter Fowler  Australia Singapore Island CC 274 Playoff Taiwan Hsu Sheng-san
United States Jeff Maggert
[14]
1986 AGC Greg Turner  New Zealand Singapore Island CC 271 4 strokes Canada Tony Grimes
United States Duffy Waldorf
[15]
1985 AGC Chen Tze-ming  Taiwan Singapore Island CC 274 Playoff New Zealand Greg Turner [16]
1984 AGC Tom Sieckmann  United States Singapore Island CC 274 2 strokes Australia Terry Gale
Myanmar Kyi Hla Han
United States Bill Israelson
[17]
1983 AGC Lu Chien-soon  Taiwan Singapore Island CC 279 Playoff United States Bill Brask [18]
1982 AGC Hsu Sheng-san  Taiwan Singapore Island CC 274 5 strokes Australia Terry Gale [19]
1981 AGC Mya Aye  Burma Singapore Island CC 273 2 strokes Taiwan Lu Hsi-chuen [20]
1980 AGC Kurt Cox  United States Singapore Island CC 276 1 stroke Myanmar Mya Aye
Taiwan Hsu Sheng-san
[21][22]
1979 AGC Lu Hsi-chuen  Taiwan Singapore Island CC 280 Playoff Taiwan Hsu Sheng-san [23]
1978 AGC Terry Gale  Australia Singapore Island CC 278 1 stroke Myanmar Mya Aye [24]
1977 AGC Hsu Chi-san  Taiwan Singapore Island CC 277 1 stroke Philippines Ben Arda
Myanmar Mya Aye
[25]
1976 AGC Kesahiko Uchida  Japan Singapore Island CC 273 2 strokes Philippines Ben Arda [26]
1975 AGC Yutaka Suzuki  Japan Singapore Island CC
(New course)
284 1 stroke Taiwan Hsieh Min-Nan
Taiwan Kuo Chie-Hsiung
[27]
1974 AGC Eleuterio Nival  Philippines Singapore Island CC 275 4 strokes Taiwan Hsieh Yung-yo [28]
1973 AGC Ben Arda (2)  Philippines Singapore Island CC 284 Playoff Scotland Norman Wood [29]
1972 AGC Takaaki Kono  Japan Singapore Island CC
(New course)
279 4 strokes Japan Takashi Murakami [30]
1971 AGC Haruo Yasuda  Japan Singapore Island CC 277 2 strokes Japan Takaaki Kono
Australia Peter Thomson
[31]
1970 AGC Hsieh Yung-yo (2)  Taiwan Singapore Island CC 276 2 strokes Australia David Graham
Japan Haruo Yasuda
[32]
1969 AGC Tomio Kamata  Japan Singapore Island CC 278 Playoff Australia David Graham
England Guy Wolstenholme
[33]
1968 AGC Hsieh Yung-yo  Taiwan Singapore Island CC 275 6 strokes Japan Han Chang-sang
Japan Kenji Hosoishi
[34]
1967 AGC Ben Arda  Philippines Singapore Island CC 282 Playoff Japan Hideyo Sugimoto [35]
1966 AGC Ross Newdick  New Zealand Singapore Island CC 284 Playoff Taiwan Lu Liang-Huan
Scotland George Will
[36]
1965 AGC Frank Phillips (2)  Australia Singapore Island CC 279 2 strokes Japan Tadashi Kitta [37]
1964 AGC Ted Ball  Australia Singapore Island CC 291 1 stroke Australia Eric Cremin
Japan Tadashi Kitta
[38]
1963 AGC Alan Brookes  South Africa Royal Island Club 276 7 strokes Japan Tomoo Ishii [39]
1962 AGC Brian Wilkes  South Africa Royal Singapore GC 283 2 strokes Japan Haruyoshi Kobari [40]
1961 AGC Frank Phillips  Australia Royal Island Club 275 8 strokes Australia Darrell Welch [41]
  1. ^ ASA – Asian Tour (formerly Asian PGA/Omega/Davidoff Tour); AGC – Asia Golf Circuit; ANZ – PGA Tour of Australasia; EUR – European Tour; JPN – Japan Golf Tour
  2. ^ 2011 tournament shortened to 54 holes due to weather.
  3. ^ 2006 tournament was shortened to 54 holes.
  4. ^ Scott beat Els in a 3 hole playoff.

See also[edit]

  • Singapore Masters – a golf tournament which was co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours from 2001 to 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steel, Donald (1987). Golf Records, Facts and Champions. Guinness. pp. 153–155. ISBN 0851128475.
  2. ^ 2016 Media Guide. PGA Tour of Australasia. p. 166.
  3. ^ "Asian tour snares Singapore Open". The Canberra Times. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 15 November 1995. p. 22. Retrieved 14 February 2020 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "Here's how all began..." Singapore Monitor. 21 March 1984. p. 35.
  5. ^ "Barclays Take up Title Sponsorship of the Singapore Open". Asian Tour. 23 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2 June 2006.
  6. ^ Nair, Sanjay (19 July 2013). "Golf: No Singapore Open in 2013, but tournament will be held early next year". The Straits Times.
  7. ^ "Singapore Open to return in 2016". Asian Tour. 28 January 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Neumann storms home to clinch Open at the third play-off hole". The Canberra Times. 71 (22, 124). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 13 November 1995. p. 22. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "McCumber turns tip into riches". The Canberra Times. 70 (21, 747). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 1 November 1994. p. 22. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Norman fires 62: 'not a great round'". The Canberra Times. 67 (21, 146). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 8 March 1993. p. 28. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Israelson bags the Singapore Open with ease". New Straits Times. 2 March 1992.
  12. ^ "Lu fights back to win title". Business Times. 20 March 1989. p. 14.
  13. ^ "Who says nice guys finish last?". Business Times. 14 March 1988. p. 13.
  14. ^ "Aussie golfer wins Open in three-way play-off". The Straits Times. 30 March 1987. p. 1.
  15. ^ "Turner wins by four strokes". Business Times. 7 March 1986. p. 9.
  16. ^ "Tze-Ming wins Open in style". Singapore Monitor. 1 April 1985. p. 23.
  17. ^ "Sieckmann swings it". The Straits Times. 26 March 1984. p. 25.
  18. ^ "Lu sinks Brask in sudden death". Singapore Monitor. 14 March 1983. p. 26.
  19. ^ "It's a Hat-trick". The Straits Times. 29 March 1982. p. 35.
  20. ^ "Mya charges in to victory". The Straits Times. 30 March 1981. p. 30.
  21. ^ "Cox wins Singapore Open". The Straits Times. 31 March 1980. p. 31.
  22. ^ "Immaculate golf". The Canberra Times. 1 April 1980. p. 37. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  23. ^ "Master Lu's title after sudden-death with Hsu". The Straits Times. 5 March 1979. p. 30.
  24. ^ "Gale storms ahead at 8th". New Nation. 27 March 1978. p. 20.
  25. ^ "Hsu wins with his cool golf..." The Straits Times. 28 March 1977. p. 27.
  26. ^ "Uchida holds late Arda challenge to win S'pore Open". The Straits Times. 15 March 1976. p. 26.
  27. ^ "Newcomer Suzuki is shock Singapore Open golf winner". The Straits Times. 24 March 1975. p. 26.
  28. ^ "Stocky Nival bags Singapore Open with a sizzling 67". The Straits Times. 4 March 1974. p. 24.
  29. ^ "Evergreen Arda wins Open by 'sudden death'". The Straits Times. 12 March 1973. p. 29.
  30. ^ "It's Kono's title as Jumbo crashes". The Straits Times. 6 March 1972. p. 31.
  31. ^ "No-risk Yasuda is Open golf champion". The Straits Times. 8 March 1971. p. 27.
  32. ^ "Yung Yo's S'pore Open by 2 strokes". The Straits Times. 2 March 1970. p. 24.
  33. ^ "Kamata triumphs". The Straits Times. 10 March 1969. p. 20.
  34. ^ "Yung-Yo fires eagle to signal victory". The Straits Times. 4 March 1968. p. 20.
  35. ^ "Arda wins Singapore Open". The Straits Times. 6 March 1967. p. 20.
  36. ^ "It's Newdick's Open". The Straits Times. 7 March 1966. p. 21.
  37. ^ "Phillips wears down Kitta with superb 66". The Straits Times. 8 March 1965. p. 17.
  38. ^ "S'pore Open to Ted Ball". The Straits Times. 9 March 1964. p. 18.
  39. ^ "It's Brookes title with scorching round of 64". The Straits Times. 25 February 1963. p. 20.
  40. ^ "Wilkes grabs $5,000 first prize". The Straits Times. 19 February 1962. p. 17.
  41. ^ "Easy victory for Phillips". The Straits Times. 6 February 1961. p. 15.

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Coordinates: 1°18′N 103°48′E / 1.3°N 103.8°E / 1.3; 103.8