ISPS Handa World Invitational Winners and History
The ISPS Handa World Invitational is a joint tournament from the European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.
Originally known as the Northern Ireland Open, the tournament has gone several transformations since its beginning in 2011 as a EuroPro event. The EuroPro is a developmental tour one step below the European Tour’s Challenge Tour.
In 2019, the Northern Ireland Open was rebranded as the ISPS Handa World Invitational. The event had both men’s and women’s tournaments, with identical purses.
In the pandemic year of 2020, it reverted to a Challenge Tour event.
In 2021, the event was once again the ISPS Handa World Invitational. This time, however, it was a DP World (European Tour) event, and was co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA.
The format for 2022 remains the same.
ISPS Handa is the International Sports Promotion Society, founded and funded by Japanese philanthropist Dr. Haruhisa Handa in 2006. Its goal is to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world and has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.
Dr. Handa is an interesting character. Born in 1951, he operates more than a dozen companies in Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. He has degrees in economics, vocal music, creative arts and literature. As you might expect, he is an author, who has written more than 220 books that have been translated into seven languages. Some of the best sellers include “Secrets for running a Small Business”, “Understanding Japan” and “Lucky Fortune” – of which more than a million copies have been sold.
A list of ISPS Handa World Invitational winners follows: