Barclays Singapore Open Championship
The Singapore Open is a golf tournament in Singapore that has been sanctioned by the Asian Tour from that tour's inception in 1995 and by the European Tour since 2009. It was founded in 1961 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. In 2010, the purse was US$6,000,000.
The debate on the creation of a fifth Major to join the Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA Championship was re-ignited recently by world number two Lee Westwood who said the tournament should be held in Asia-Pacific.
|Course(s): Sentosa Golf Club|
|Length: 7,300 yards (6,700 m)|
|Tour(s): Asian Tour / European Tour|
|Format: Stroke play|
|Prize fund: US$6,000,000|
|Month played: November|
2012 Barclays Singapore Open Results
|1||MANASSERO Matteo||ITA||70 / 68 / 64 / 69||271|
|2||OOSTHUIZEN Louis||RSA||70 / 69 / 65 / 67||271|
|3||MCILROY Rory||NIR||70 / 70 / 69 / 65?||274|
|4||BJ?RN Thomas||DEN||66 / 67 / 74 / 68||275|
|T5||MOLINARI Francesco||ITA||69 / 67 / 72 / 68||276|
|2008||Jeev Milkha Singh||India|
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