Philippine Open

It’s reckoned golf was introduced to the Philippines by British employees working on the Manila railway system in the 1880s, with a very rudimentary course built among the paddy fields to the south of Intramuros, close to the centre of the capital.

By the turn of the century, a 9-hole course was in play which led to the formation of Manila Golf Club in Caloocan, to the north of Manila, and it’s here that the first twenty editions of the Philippine Open were played, up until 1934.

Philippine Open Championship Trophy

In 1949, a new site was acquired in Makati and this became the club’s new home, merging with Country Club Development Inc. a decade later to form the Manila Golf & Country Club, which means the course at the club’s original location no longer exists.

An American named J.R.H (“Bob”) Mason won the inaugural championship in 1913 and fourteen of the first sixteen competitions were claimed by American golfers (Mason winning five in total), with the other two events, in 1919 and 1920, won by a Scottish railway engineer named Ian Collier Trotter MacGregor.

All of these Philippine Open champions were expat amateur players and it wasn’t until 1929, when a local caddy named Larry Montes was allowed entry into the competition that the natural order in national golfing circles was blown away for ever as a result of him winning the first prize as a raw 16-year-old.

Montes had caddied for the American military and naval officers, learning the game by himself without the benefit of a coach, so he had no real idea about the scientific reasoning behind the execution of the golf swing. In essence, he was a self-taught, natural player.

During the awards ceremony after his victory, Montes was asked to leave...

Philippine Open host courses

Country Club - Philippines

1st Philippines Ranking 46th Asia Ranking

Tom Weiskopf was the man entrusted to transform an area of scrubland into one of the best golfing layouts in the country. The Country Club was subsequently a host venue for the 2005 South East Asian games.

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Luisita

13th Philippines Ranking

The course at Luisita Golf and Country Club was the first designed in the Philippines by Robert Trent Jones Senior back in 1967 and it lies to the north of Manila on an extensive estate...

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Riviera (Langer)

9th Philippines Ranking

The Riviera Golf Club hosted the Philippines Open three times in recent years. Local favourite Frankie Minoza won the first of these in 1998 and American Edward Michaels won the last in 2004.

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Wack Wack (East)

7th Philippines Ranking

The East is the main course at Wack Wack Golf Club. Its par three 16th has been known to spoil many the card of a golfer with a good score up to that point in the round...

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Philippine Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 6
2 Michael Steer Courses Played 4
= Vince Siy Courses Played 4
4 David Fletcher Courses Played 2
= Walter Resch Courses Played 2
= Ian Greenwood Courses Played 2
7 Bob McCoy Courses Played 1
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 1
= BL Tracker Courses Played 1
= Tao Lin Courses Played 1