Hong Kong Open (golf)

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Hong Kong Open
Tournament information
Location New Territories, Hong Kong
Established 1959
Course(s) Hong Kong Golf Club
Par 70
Length 6,699 yards (6,126 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Asian Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $2,000,000
Month played October
Tournament record score
Aggregate 258 Ian Poulter (2010)*
To par −22 José María Olazábal (2002)
−22 Ian Poulter (2010)* *These records only date back to 2001 when this tournament became a European Tour event.
Current champion
England Justin Rose
Hong Kong GC is located in China
Hong Kong GC
Hong Kong GC
Location in China
Hong Kong GC is located in Hong Kong
Hong Kong GC
Hong Kong GC
Location in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Open is a golf tournament which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour. It was founded in 1959 and has been part of the European Tour's schedule since 2001. The Hong Kong Golf Association, Hong Kong PGA, and Chinese PGA also receive a limited number of exemptions into the tournament for their members.

Since taking its place on the European Tour the event has always been held at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Sheung Shui, New Territories. The title sponsor was Swiss banking giant, UBS, who signed a four-year sponsorship agreement to cover the 2005–2008 tournaments and sponsored the tournament through 2012.

The tournament is usually played towards the end of the year, in November or December, and as such, up to the 2008 event, it has fallen into the following season for European Tour purposes. For example, the Hong Kong Open played on the 2–5 December 2004 was part of the European Tour's 2005 season. When the European Tour switched to a calendar based season from 2010, the 2009 schedule contained two editions of the Hong Kong Open.

In 2008, Florida-based Hong Kong amateur, Jason Hak, became the youngest player ever to make the cut in a European Tour event, at 14 years and 304 days, eclipsing the record set by Sergio García at the Turespana Open Mediterrania in 1995.[1] At the other end of the age spectrum, Miguel Ángel Jiménez became the oldest golfer ever to win on the European Tour when he won in 2012 at age 48 years, 315 days, and extended his record by defending his title in 2013 at age 49 years, 337 days.[2] Many of the worlds best known golfers have won the tournament, including Bernhard Langer, José María Olazábal, Kel Nagle, Greg Norman, Peter Thomson, Tom Watson, Pádraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, and Ian Woosnam.

In July 2013, the golf tournament was in jeopardy as both the organizers and potential sponsors have raised concerns over the complex becoming enmeshed in a controversial redevelopment plan for Fan Ling. Just four months before the event, both the schedule and the sponsors of the tournament have yet to be confirmed. A major sponsor in 2012 was the Hong Kong government with its Mega Events Fund putting up HK$15 million. Vicky Jones, of European Tour Asia, declined to say whether it has submitted an application to the Mega Events Fund for 2013, while 2012 title sponsor UBS's spokeswoman said last week that she has not yet been notified about this year's sponsorship.[3] The tournament was played in 2013 without a title sponsor.

Winners

As a European Tour co-sanctioned event

Year* Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Asian Euro
UBS Hong Kong Open
2015 2015 Justin Rose  England 263 −17 1 stroke Denmark Lucas Bjerregaard
Hong Kong Open
2014 2014 Scott Hend  Australia 267 −13 Playoff Philippines Angelo Que
2013 2014 Miguel Ángel Jiménez (4)  Spain 268 −12 Playoff Wales Stuart Manley
Thailand Prom Meesawat
UBS Hong Kong Open
2012 2012 Miguel Ángel Jiménez (3)  Spain 265 −15 1 stroke Sweden Fredrik Andersson Hed
2011 2011 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 268 −12 2 strokes France Grégory Havret
2010 2010 Ian Poulter  England 258 −22 1 stroke England Simon Dyson
Italy Matteo Manassero
2009 2009 Grégory Bourdy  France 261 −19 2 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
2008 2009 Lin Wen-tang  Taiwan 265 −15 Playoff Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
Italy Francesco Molinari
2007 2008 Miguel Ángel Jiménez (2)  Spain 265 −15 1 stroke South Korea K. J. Choi
Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
Sweden Robert Karlsson
2006 2007 José Manuel Lara  Spain 265 −15 1 stroke Philippines Juvic Pagunsan
2005 2006 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 271 −9 1 stroke South Korea K. J. Choi
South Africa James Kingston
Taiwan Lin Keng-chi
United States Edward Loar
Thailand Thammanoon Sriroj
Omega Hong Kong Open
2004 2005 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 266 −14 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
South Africa James Kingston
2003 2004 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 269 −11 1 stroke South Africa Hennie Otto
2002 2003 Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 260 −16 2 strokes Argentina Jorge Berendt
Sweden Henrik Nyström
2001 2002 José María Olazábal  Spain 262 −22 1 stroke Norway Henrik Bjørnstad

* The first year listed is the one in which the tournament was played and the Asian Tour season which it belonged to. The second year listed is the European Tour season that it fell into.

Pre-sanctioning by the European Tour

References

  1. "Hak breaks Sergio Garcia's record, makes Euro Tour cut at 14 years old". ESPN. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "With This Win: Miguel Ángel Jiménez" (Press release). PGA European Tour. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Chen, Bonnie (22 July 2013). "In a hole". The Standard.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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