SMBC Singapore Open
Singapore Open logo.png
Tournament information
LocationSingapore
Established1961
Course(s)Sentosa Golf Club
(Serapong Course)
Par71
Length7,403 yards (6,769 m)
Tour(s)Asian Tour
Japan Golf Tour
European Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Asia Golf Circuit
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$1,250,000
Month playedJanuary
Tournament record score
Aggregate266 Jazz Janewattananond (2019)
266 Matt Kuchar (2020)
To par−18 as above
Current champion
Thailand Sadom Kaewkanjana
Location Map
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

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. Other notable winners of the event who went on to win majors, include Ángel Cabrera, Adam Scott and Sergio García.

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 was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.[7] Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation also became the new title sponsor of the event. Song Young-han won the revived event, beating current world number one Jordan Spieth by one shot in the weather-delayed event.[8]

Matt Kuchar won the 2020 event, beating Justin Rose by three shots.[9]

The tournament was not played in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10]

Venues

The following venues have been used since the founding of the Singapore Open in 1961.

Venue First Last Times
Singapore Island Country Club 1961 2000 28
Royal Singapore Golf Club 1962 1962 1
Tanah Merah Country Club 1988 1994 5
Laguna National Golf and Country Club 1996 1996 1
Jurong Country Club 1997 2001 2
Safra Resort 1998 1998 1
Orchid Country Club 1999 1999 1
Sentosa Golf Club 2005 2022 14

Winners

Year Tour(s)[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Venue Ref.
SMBC Singapore Open
2022 ASA, JPN[b] Thailand Sadom Kaewkanjana 271 −13 3 strokes Japan Yuto Katsuragawa
South Korea Kim Joo-hyung
Sentosa
2021: No tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020 ASA, JPN United States Matt Kuchar 266 −18 3 strokes England Justin Rose Sentosa
2019 ASA, JPN Thailand Jazz Janewattananond 266 −18 2 strokes England Paul Casey
Japan Yoshinori Fujimoto
Sentosa
2018 ASA, JPN Spain Sergio García 270 −14 5 strokes Japan Satoshi Kodaira
South Africa Shaun Norris
Sentosa
2017 ASA, JPN Thailand Prayad Marksaeng 275 −9 1 stroke Thailand Phachara Khongwatmai
South Africa Jbe' Kruger
Philippines Juvic Pagunsan
South Korea Song Young-han
Sentosa
2016 ASA, JPN South Korea Song Young-han 272 −12 1 stroke United States Jordan Spieth Sentosa
2013–2015: No tournament
Barclays Singapore Open
2012 ASA, EUR Italy Matteo Manassero 271 −13 Playoff South Africa Louis Oosthuizen Sentosa
2011 ASA, EUR Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño 199[c] −14 Playoff Philippines Juvic Pagunsan Sentosa
2010 ASA, EUR Australia Adam Scott (3) 267 −17 3 strokes Denmark Anders Hansen Sentosa
2009 ASA, EUR England Ian Poulter 274 −10 1 stroke China Liang Wenchong Sentosa
2008 ASA India Jeev Milkha Singh 277 −7 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
South Africa Ernie Els
Sentosa
2007 ASA Argentina Ángel Cabrera 276 −8 1 stroke Fiji Vijay Singh Sentosa
2006 ASA Australia Adam Scott (2) 205[c] −8 Playoff South Africa Ernie Els Sentosa
2005 ASA Australia Adam Scott 271 −13 7 strokes England Lee Westwood Sentosa
2002–2004: No tournament
Alcatel Singapore Open
2001 ASA Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant 272 −16 1 stroke Taiwan Hsieh Yu-shu Jurong [11]
Singapore Open
2000 ASA India Jyoti Randhawa 268 −20 3 strokes South Africa Hendrik Buhrmann Singapore Island
(Island Course)
Nokia Singapore Open
1999 ASA Australia Kenny Druce 276 −12 Playoff South Africa Desvonde Botes Orchid
Ericsson Singapore Open
1998 ASA United States Shaun Micheel 272 −16 2 strokes South Africa Hendrik Buhrmann Safra
SingTel Ericsson Singapore Open
1997 ASA Myanmar Zaw Moe 277 −11 3 strokes United States Fran Quinn Jurong
Canon Singapore Open
1996 ASA United States John Kernohan 285 −3 1 stroke Australia Darren Cole
South Africa Craig Kamps
Australia Brad King
Australia Peter Lonard
Australia Robert Willis
Laguna National
Epson Singapore Open
1995 ANZ Australia Steven Conran 270 −14 3 strokes Australia Andrew Bonhomme Singapore Island [12]
1994 ANZ Myanmar Kyi Hla Han 275 −13 1 stroke Australia Wayne Grady Tanah Merah [13]
1993 ANZ Australia Paul Moloney 276 −12 1 stroke Australia Richard Green Tanah Merah [14]
1992 AGC United States Bill Israelson 267 6 strokes Philippines Frankie Miñoza Singapore Island [15]
1991 AGC Canada Jack Kay Jr. 280 2 strokes Australia Wayne Riley Tanah Merah [16]
1990 AGC Philippines Antolin Fernando 273 Playoff Philippines Frankie Miñoza Singapore Island
Singapore Open
1989 AGC Taiwan Lu Chien-soon (2) 282 1 stroke Mexico Carlos Espinosa Tanah Merah [17]
1988 AGC United States Greg Bruckner 281 1 stroke Taiwan Chung Chun-hsing Tanah Merah [18]
1987 AGC Australia Peter Fowler 274 Playoff Taiwan Hsu Sheng-san
United States Jeff Maggert
Singapore Island [19]
1986 AGC New Zealand Greg Turner 271 4 strokes Canada Tony Grimes
United States Duffy Waldorf
Singapore Island [20]
1985 AGC Taiwan Chen Tze-ming 274 Playoff New Zealand Greg Turner Singapore Island [21]
1984 AGC United States Tom Sieckmann 274 2 strokes Australia Terry Gale
Myanmar Kyi Hla Han
United States Bill Israelson
Singapore Island [22]
1983 AGC Taiwan Lu Chien-soon 279 Playoff United States Bill Brask Singapore Island [23]
1982 AGC Taiwan Hsu Sheng-san 274 5 strokes Australia Terry Gale Singapore Island [24]
1981 AGC Myanmar Mya Aye 273 2 strokes Taiwan Lu Hsi-chuen Singapore Island [25]
1980 AGC United States Kurt Cox 276 1 stroke Myanmar Mya Aye
Taiwan Hsu Sheng-san
Singapore Island [26][27]
1979 AGC Taiwan Lu Hsi-chuen 280 Playoff Taiwan Hsu Sheng-san Singapore Island [28]
1978 AGC Australia Terry Gale 278 1 stroke Myanmar Mya Aye Singapore Island [29]
1977 AGC Taiwan Hsu Chi-san 277 1 stroke Philippines Ben Arda
Myanmar Mya Aye
Singapore Island [30]
1976 AGC Japan Kesahiko Uchida 273 2 strokes Philippines Ben Arda Singapore Island [31]
1975 AGC Japan Yutaka Suzuki 284 1 stroke Taiwan Hsieh Min-Nan
Taiwan Kuo Chie-Hsiung
Singapore Island
(New Course)
[32]
1974 AGC Philippines Eleuterio Nival 275 4 strokes Taiwan Hsieh Yung-yo Singapore Island [33]
1973 AGC Philippines Ben Arda (2) 284 Playoff Scotland Norman Wood Singapore Island [34]
1972 AGC Japan Takaaki Kono 279 4 strokes Japan Takashi Murakami Singapore Island
(New Course)
[35]
1971 AGC Japan Haruo Yasuda 277 2 strokes Japan Takaaki Kono
Australia Peter Thomson
Singapore Island [36]
1970 AGC Taiwan Hsieh Yung-yo (2) 276 2 strokes Australia David Graham
Japan Haruo Yasuda
Singapore Island [37]
1969 AGC Japan Tomio Kamata 278 Playoff Australia David Graham
England Guy Wolstenholme
Singapore Island [38]
1968 AGC Taiwan Hsieh Yung-yo 275 6 strokes Japan Han Chang-sang
Japan Kenji Hosoishi
Singapore Island [39]
1967 AGC Philippines Ben Arda 282 Playoff Japan Hideyo Sugimoto Singapore Island [40]
1966 AGC New Zealand Ross Newdick 284 Playoff Taiwan Lu Liang-Huan
Scotland George Will
Singapore Island [41]
1965 AGC Australia Frank Phillips (2) 279 2 strokes Japan Tadashi Kitta Singapore Island [42]
1964 AGC Australia Ted Ball 291 1 stroke Australia Eric Cremin
Japan Tadashi Kitta
Singapore Island [43]
1963 AGC South Africa Alan Brookes 276 7 strokes Japan Tomoo Ishii Singapore Island [44]
1962 AGC South Africa Brian Wilkes 283 2 strokes Japan Haruyoshi Kobari Royal Singapore [45]
1961 AGC Australia Frank Phillips 275 8 strokes Australia Darrell Welch Singapore Island [46]
  1. ^ AGC − Asia Golf Circuit; ANZ − PGA Tour of Australasia; ASA − Asian Tour (formerly Asian PGA/Omega/Davidoff Tour); EUR − European Tour; JPN − Japan Golf Tour.
  2. ^ The 2022 event was sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour, however it was an unofficial money event; therefore the win is considered unofficial on that tour.
  3. ^ a b Shortened to 54 holes due to weather.

See also

References

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