Asian Tour

Korea Open Golf Championship back on Asian Tour after three-year break

By Matt Smith

The 64th Korea Open Golf Championship is back on the Asian Tour agenda with a bang after three years out due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The tournament was last won by Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond during his epic 2019 season, will be played at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club from June 23-26.

It will be the 10th leg of this season’s Asian Tour and the second visit of the year to South Korea, after next week’s 41st Maekyung Open at Namseoul Country Club.

“The Korea Open is one of our mainstay events and always a high point of the year,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner & CEO of the Asian Tour.

“With the Korea Open back on the schedule it shows the Asian Tour is returning to full speed and along with next week’s GS Caltex Maekyung Open means our membership are able to return to one of their favourite tournament destinations.”

Korea’s national Open was held last year and won by local hero Junseok Lee but it was played as a domestic event on the Korean PGA Tour, due to travel restrictions, while the year before it was cancelled.

When Janewattananond won the title in 2019 it was his second victory of the year before also going on to win the Indonesian Masters and Thailand Masters to take the Asian Tour Order of Merit title.

Former winers of the event include Sergio Garcia (2002), John Daly (2003), Vijay Singh (2007) and Ricky Fowler (2011). Scott Hoch also lifted the trophy in 1990 and 1991.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was runner-up in 2011 and 2013.

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