Mynavi ABC Championship

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Mynavi ABC Championship
Tournament information
Location Katō, Hyōgo
Established1971
Course(s)ABC Golf Club
Par72
Length7,200 yd (6,600 m)
Tour(s) Japan Golf Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund¥150 million
Month playedOctober/November
Tournament record score
Aggregate263 Ryuichi Oda (2014)
To par−23 Shingo Katayama (2003)
Current champion
Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Jung-gon
Location Map
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ABC Golf Club
Location in Japan
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ABC Golf Club
ABC Golf Club (Hyogo Prefecture)

The Mynavi ABC Championship (マイナビABCチャンピオンシップゴルフトーナメント, Mainabi ei-bī-shī champyon gorufu tōnamento) is a professional golf tournament on the Japan Golf Tour. It is played at the ABC Golf Club in Katō, Hyōgo, usually in October or November. It was founded in 1971 as a Japan vs. United States team match (there was also individual prize money and the event counted as an official win on tour). In 1988, it became a full-field individual event. The event is sponsored by Asahi Broadcasting Corporation and Mynavi Corporation.

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History

The tournament was founded in 1971 as the Miki Gold Cup, a nine-man team match between golfers from Japan and the United States. Results were based on the aggregate of the best seven scores from each team after 54 holes of stroke play competition; there was also a prize for the best individual score. The event was renamed as the ABC Cup in 1972. The following year, the best eight scores were used to determine the winner, and in 1975 the event was extended to 72 holes.

Between 1982 and 1984 the event was titled as the Goldwin Cup [1] (1982–83) and the Uchida Yoko Cup (1984), during which time it was contested as stroke play matches with two points were awarded for a match win and one point for a tie. The first two rounds were played as better ball pairs and the final two rounds as singles, from which the scores were used to determine the individual winner. In 1985 the event reverted to its earlier format and name.

In 1988, the tournament became a regular 72 hole stroke play event on the Japan Golf Tour, since when it has always been held at ABC Golf Club in Katō, Hyōgo. Sponsored by Philip Morris International, it was titled using the Lark brand as the ABC Lark Cup or Lark Cup for five years, until 1994 when it became the Philip Morris Championship. After Philip Morris sponsorship came to an end, in 2003 the event became titled the ABC Championship, with Mynavi being added as title sponsor in 2008.

Tournament hosts

YearsVenueLocation
1988–presentABC Golf Club Katō, Hyōgo
1983Taiheiyo Club (Rokko Course)Hyōgo
1982, 1984Sobhu Country Club (Sobhu Course) Inzai, Chiba
1979–1981, 1985–1987Sports Shinko Country Club Kawanishi, Hyōgo
1976–1978Harima Country Club Ono, Hyōgo
1975Ibaraki Kokusai Golf Club Ibaraki, Osaka
1973–1974Hashimoto Country Club Hashimoto, Wakayama
1972Ikeda Country Club Ikeda, Osaka
1971Perfect Liberty (PL) Country Club Tondabayashi, Osaka

Winners

YearWinnerScoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
Mynavi ABC Championship
2020Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 Flag of South Korea.svg Hwang Jung-gon 269−191 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Shugo Imahira
2018 Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Kinoshita 273−15Playoff Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Kawamura
2017 Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuya Kodai 203 [lower-alpha 1] −131 stroke Flag of South Korea.svg Im Sung-jae
Flag of Japan.svg Yūsaku Miyazato
Flag of Japan.svg Ryutaro Nagano
2016 Flag of Japan.svg Shingo Katayama (4)276−121 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Shintaro Kobayashi
2015 Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kyung-tae (2)272−122 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wonjoon Lee
Flag of Japan.svg Daisuke Kataoka
Flag of Japan.svg Katsumasa Miyamoto
2014 Flag of Japan.svg Ryuichi Oda 263−215 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Koumei Oda
Flag of Japan.svg Hideto Tanihara
2013 Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Ikeda 269−15Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Hur Suk-ho
2012 Flag of the United States.svg Han Lee 271−171 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Katsumasa Miyamoto
2011 Flag of Japan.svg Koichiro Kawano 273−15Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Bae Sang-moon
2010 Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Kyung-tae 275−131 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Ishikawa
2009 Flag of Japan.svg Toru Suzuki 274−145 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Kanemoto
2008 Flag of Japan.svg Ryo Ishikawa 279−91 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Keiichiro Fukabori
ABC Championship
2007 Flag of the Philippines.svg Frankie Miñoza 274−14Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Dong-hwan
2006 Flag of Japan.svg Shingo Katayama (3)271−17Playoff Flag of South Korea.svg Yang Yong-eun
2005 Flag of Japan.svg Shingo Katayama (2)274−142 strokes Flag of Fiji.svg Dinesh Chand
2004 Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Inoue 273−151 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Ryoken Kawagishi
Flag of Japan.svg Toru Suzuki
2003 Flag of Japan.svg Shingo Katayama 265−239 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Katsumasa Miyamoto
Philip Morris K.K. Championship
2002 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brendan Jones 269−192 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Toshimitsu Izawa
2001 Flag of Japan.svg Toshimitsu Izawa 272−161 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Hidemichi Tanaka
Flag of Japan.svg Toru Taniguchi
Philip Morris Championship
2000 Flag of Japan.svg Toru Taniguchi 276−121 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Hidemichi Tanaka
Flag of Japan.svg Shingo Katayama
1999 Flag of Japan.svg Ryoken Kawagishi (2)270−181 stroke Flag of Japan.svg Katsunori Kuwabara
1998 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki (2)275−131 stroke Flag of Paraguay.svg Carlos Franco
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Mitsuo Harada
1997 Flag of the United States.svg Brian Watts (2)280−82 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kaname Yokoo
1996 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki (2)278−104 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Russ Cochran
Flag of the United States.svg David Ishii
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
1995 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Hidemichi Tanaka 278−101 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Nobumitsu Yuhara
1994 Flag of the United States.svg Brian Watts 276−121 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki
Flag of the United States.svg Duffy Waldorf
Lark Cup
1993 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Hajime Meshiai 283−51 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masahiro Kuramoto
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki
1992 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki 279−91 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
ABC Lark Cup
1991 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yoshikazu Yokoshima 280−82 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Roger Mackay
1990 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Ryoken Kawagishi 277−112 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
1989 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brian Jones 280−84 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Toshiaki Sudo
1988 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Katsunari Takahashi 277−111 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki

Japan vs USA team matches

YearWinning teamScore [lower-alpha 2] Margin of
victory
Individual winner(s)ScoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-upRef
ABC Cup Japan-U.S. Match
1987Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 2,2273 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Andy Bean 269−195 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masahiro Kuramoto
1986Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2,2297 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Curtis Strange 271−174 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Chip Beck
1985Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 2,5572 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tateo Ozaki and
Flag of the United States.svg Corey Pavin
276−12Tien/a [2]
Uchida Yoko Cup Japan vs USA Match
1984Flag of the United States.svg  United States 30–18 Flag of the United States.svg Tom Watson (2)135−71 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Mark O'Meara
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Naomichi Ozaki
[3]
Goldwin Cup Japan vs USA
1983Flag of the United States.svg  United States 29–19 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tsuneyuki Nakajima 141−31 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Hale Irwin [4]
1982Flag of the United States.svg  United States 33–15 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Gilder and
Flag of the United States.svg Calvin Peete
134−10Tien/a [5]
ABC Cup Japan vs USA
1981Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2,24635 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Bobby Clampett 271−177 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Akira Yabe [6]
ABC Japan vs USA Golf Matches
1980Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2,280Tie Flag of the United States.svg Jerry Pate 276−121 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Tom Purtzer
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Norio Suzuki
[7]
1979Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 2,3065 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tom Purtzer 276−1210 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Bill Rogers [8]
1978Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 2,27353 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Isao Aoki (2)273−155 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kosaku Shimada [9]
1977Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 2,0792 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Isao Aoki 280−82 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tom Weiskopf [10]
1976Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 2,27315 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tom Watson 277−113 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Isao Aoki [11]
1975Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 2,26642 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tōru Nakamura 273−157 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Al Geiberger [12]
1974Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1,7529 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Teruo Sugihara 209−71 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Hubert Green [13]
1973Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 1,78517 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Al Geiberger 218+22 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Takashi Murakami [14]
1972Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1,48818 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Aaron 209−41 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Bert Yancey [15]
Miki Gold Cup
1971Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1,4849 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki and
Flag of the United States.svg Billy Casper
208−8Tien/a [16]
  1. Tournament contested over 54 holes.
  2. Aggregate scores counting best 7 from 9 in 1971 and 1972; aggregate scores counting best 8 from 9 between 1973 and 1981, and from 1985; matches with 2 points for a win, 1 for a tie between 1982 and 1984.

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