Singapore Open (golf)

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Singapore Open
Singapore Open logo.png
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 (since 1996)
European Tour (2009–2012)
Japan Golf Tour (since 2016)
Format Stroke play
Prize fund US$1,000,000
Month played January
Current champion
Spain Sergio García
Sentosa GC is located in Singapore
Sentosa GC
Sentosa GC
Location in Singapore

The Singapore Open is a golf tournament in Singapore that has been sanctioned by the Asian Tour from that tour's second season, 1996. The event was co-sanctioned with the European Tour from 2009 to 2012, and with the Japan Golf Tour since 2016. Prior to being an Asian Tour event it had been on the Australasian Tour from 1993 to 1995.[1]

It was founded in 1961[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

After a three-year absence, the tournament returned in January 2016. The event is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.[5] It features Sumitomo Mitsui Bank as title sponsor and has a US$1 million purse.

In 2017, the event was added as part of the Open Qualifying Series, giving up to four non-exempt players entry into The Open Championship.

Winners[edit]

Asian and Japan Golf Tour event (2016–)
Year Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
SMBC Singapore Open
2018 Sergio García  Spain 270 –14 5 strokes Japan Satoshi Kodaira
South Africa Shaun Norris
2017 Prayad Marksaeng  Thailand 275 −9 1 stroke Thailand Phachara Khongwatmai
South Africa Jbe' Kruger
Philippines Juvic Pagunsan
South Korea Song Young-han
2016 Song Young-han  South Korea 272 −12 1 stroke United States Jordan Spieth
  • 2013–15 No tournament
Asian and European Tour event (2009–2012)
Year Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
Barclays Singapore Open
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

Asian Tour event (2005–2008)
Year Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
Barclays Singapore Open
2008 Jeev Milkha Singh  India 277 –7 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
South Africa Ernie Els
2007 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 276 –8 1 stroke Fiji Vijay Singh
2006 Adam Scott (2)  Australia 205* –8 Playoff South Africa Ernie Els
2005 Adam Scott  Australia 271 –13 7 strokes England Lee Westwood

* 2006 tournament was shortened to 54 holes Scott beat Els in a 3 hole playoff

  • 2002–04 No tournament
Asian Tour event (1996–2001)
Australasian Tour event (1993–1995)
Year Champion Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Ref
Epson Singapore Open
1995 Steven Conran  Australia Singapore Island CC 270 −14 3 strokes Australia Andrew Bonhomme [6]
1994 Kyi Hla Han  Myanmar Tanah Merah CC 275 −13 1 stroke Australia Wayne Grady [7]
1993 Paul Moloney  Australia Tanah Merah CC 276 −12 1 stroke Australia Richard Green [8]
Prior to Australasian Tour sanctioning

See also[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2016 Media Guide. PGA Tour of Australasia. p. 166. 
  2. ^ "Here's how all began..." Singapore Monitor. 21 March 1984. p. 35. 
  3. ^ "Barclays Take up Title Sponsorship of the Singapore Open". Asian Tour. 23 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2 June 2006. 
  4. ^ Nair, Sanjay (19 July 2013). "Golf: No Singapore Open in 2013, but tournament will be held early next year". The Straits Times. 
  5. ^ "Singapore Open to return in 2016". Asian Tour. 28 January 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "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. 

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