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BMW Asian Open

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BMW Asian Open
Tournament information
LocationShanghai, China
Established2001
Course(s)Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club
Par72
Length7,327 yards (6,700 m)
Tour(s)Asian Tour
European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$2,300,000
Month playedApril
Final year2008
Tournament record score
Aggregate262 Ernie Els (2005)
To par−26 as above
Final champion
Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
Location Map
Tomson Shanghai Pudong GC
Tomson Shanghai Pudong GC
Location in China

The BMW Asian Open was a men's professional golf tournament that was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour. The event was founded in 2001, as part of the European Tour's drive to expand into Asia, and China in particular.

The first two editions were held at Ta Shee Golf and Country Club in Taiwan, before the tournament was moved to the People's Republic of China in 2004, since when it was played at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club in Pudong, Shanghai.

In 2005 Ernie Els set a new Asian Tour record for the biggest margin of victory when he triumphed by 13 strokes.[1] In 2008 the prize fund was $2.3 million, an increase of more than fifty percent from the 2006 fund of $1.5 million.

Winners

Year Tours[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref.
2008 EUR, ASA Northern Ireland Darren Clarke 280 −8 1 stroke Netherlands Robert-Jan Derksen [2]
2007 EUR, ASA France Raphaël Jacquelin 278 −10 2 strokes Denmark Søren Kjeldsen [3]
2006 EUR, ASA Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño 281 −7 Playoff[b] Sweden Henrik Stenson [4]
2005 EUR, ASA South Africa Ernie Els 262 −26 13 strokes England Simon Wakefield [5]
2004 EUR, ASA Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez 274 −14 3 strokes England Simon Dyson [6]
2003 No tournament
2002 EUR, ASA Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington 273 −15 1 stroke India Jyoti Randhawa [7]
2001 EUR, ASA Sweden Jarmo Sandelin 278 −10 1 stroke Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
Spain José María Olazábal
[8]
  1. ^ ASA − Asian Tour; EUR − European Tour.
  2. ^ Fernández-Castaño won with birdie on first extra hole

References

  1. ^ "Els romps to victory at BMW Asian Open". Sydney Morning Herald. Reuters. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  2. ^ "Clarke claims dramatic Asian win". BBC Sport. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  3. ^ "Jacquelin claims Asian Open title". BBC Sport. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  4. ^ "Fernandez-Castano wins Asian Open in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  5. ^ "Els strolls to victory at BMW Asian Open". USA Today. Shanghai. Associated Press. 1 May 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  6. ^ "Jimenez hoovers up as Dyson loses lead". The Scotsman. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  7. ^ "Harrington a winner in Asia". RTÉ Sport. 24 November 2002. Archived from the original on 25 February 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  8. ^ Casey, Phil (26 November 2001). "Sandelin celebrates end to tour title drought". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
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