Korea Open

The first Korea Open championship was held from the 11th to 14th September, 1958 on the Gurakbu course at Seoul Country Club. The club would then host and organize the event until 1966, when the Korea Golf Association took over responsibility for staging the 72-hole stroke play competition.

Korea Open Championship Trophy

The 1969 US Open champion Orville Moody, who was stationed with the US Army in Korea at the time, won the inaugural Open, and he also finished ahead of the field in each of the next two editions. Moody, who didn’t turn professional until two years before his Major victory, acquired the nickname “Sarge” on the PGA Tour, thanks to his 14-year-long career in the military.

It didn’t take long for a home-grown professional to win the tournament. After victories for golfers from Taiwan and Japan between 1961 and 1963, Han Jang-sang became the first South Korean champion in 1964 and he would go on to claim another seven titles over the next eight years, a record total of eight Korean Opens that is unlikely to ever be matched.

Australia’s Michael Clayton became the next non-Asian golfer to lift the trophy in 1984 and he was followed onto the winner’s rostrum a few years later by a couple of Americans: Scott Hoch, captured two consecutive titles at Hanyang Country Club in 1990 and 1991 then Mike Cunning, who added the 1994 Korea Open to the Paraguay Open that he won earlier the same year.

The Kolon conglomerate took over sponsorship of the tournament in 1999, paving the way for a number of international golfers to be invited to participate and help boost the profile of the championship. Nick Faldo played in 2000, as did Paul Lawrie in 2001 but it was Sergio Garcia’s arrival in 2002 th...

Korea Open host courses

Anyang Country Club

3rd South Korea Ranking 23rd Asia Ranking

Anyang Country Club, formerly known as Anyang Benest Golf Club is cut through mature trees, which not only prove a challenge for the crooked driver but also brilliance of seasonal colour.

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NamSeoul

50th South Korea Ranking

Described as “an old-school Asian Tour course,” with greens sloping almost exclusively from back-to-front, the 18-hole layout at NamSeoul Country Club has hosted nearly every edition of the Maekyung Open since the first edition of this event in 1982.

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Woo Jeong Hills

5th South Korea Ranking 31st Asia Ranking

Woo Jeong Hills Country Club was opened in 1993 and is as close as you can find in Asia to a big, brutish, US tournament golf course.

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Korea Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Hwa Young Nam Courses Played 3
= Sang Hyeon Paik Courses Played 3
3 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 2
4 Anderson Liao Courses Played 1
= James Park Courses Played 1
= YS(Juyoung) Baek Courses Played 1
= YUNSU RHEE Courses Played 1
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 1
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 1
= James Han Courses Played 1