Africa Open

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Africa Open
Tournament information
Location Eastern Cape, South Africa
Established 2008
Course(s) East London Golf Club
Par 73
Length 6,632 yards (6,064 m)
Tour(s) Sunshine Tour
European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 1,000,000
Month played February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 Louis Oosthuizen (2012)
To par −27 Louis Oosthuizen (2012)
Current champion
South Africa Thomas Aiken

The Africa Open is a golf tournament on the Sunshine Tour that was first contested in February 2008, over the Gary Player designed championship course at the Fish River Sun Country Club, near Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa.[1]

In order to increase the profile of the tournament, since 2009 it has been held in January at the East London Golf Club in East London. In 2009, the Africa Open had a prize fund of R5 million, over four times that of the inaugural event. The Sunshine Tour hoped that it would attract a stronger field as a result, and possibly lead to a co-sanctioning agreement with the European Tour in subsequent years.[2]

In October 2009, it was announced that the Africa Open would be included on the 2010 European Tour schedule. It was the third event of the four tournament South African swing of the tour, held after the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the South African Open, and the week before the Joburg Open.[3] The purse for 2014 was 1,000,000.

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winner Country Score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
Africa Open
2014 East London GC Thomas Aiken  South Africa 264 (−20) Playoff England Oliver Fisher
2013 East London GC Darren Fichardt  South Africa 272 (−16) 2 strokes France Grégory Bourdy, South Africa Jaco Van Zyl
2012 East London GC Louis Oosthuizen (2)  South Africa 265 (−27) 2 strokes South Africa Tjaart van der Walt
2011 East London GC Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 276 (−16) Playoff
(1st hole)
England Chris Wood, Spain Manuel Quirós
2010 East London GC Charl Schwartzel  South Africa 272 (−20) 1 stroke South Africa Thomas Aiken
Africa Open Golf Challenge
2009 East London GC Retief Goosen  South Africa 267 (−21) 1 stroke Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, South Africa Darren Fichardt,
South Africa Branden Grace, Northern Ireland Michael Hoey
The Africa Open
2008 Fish River Sun CC Shaun Norris  South Africa 275 (−13) 6 strokes South Africa Nic Henning

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunshine Tour set for Eastern Cape return with Africa Open". Sunshine Tour. 16 January 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Donald replaces Kim at Sun City". The Star. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "European Tour reveal early schedule". RTÉ Sport. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 

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