South African Masters
|Location||Eastern Cape, South Africa|
|Course(s)||Wild Coast Sun CC|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||263 Darren Fichardt (2009)|
|To par||-19 Desvonde Botes (1999)|
The Nashua Masters, as it is currently known for sponsorship reasons, is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour. It is currently played in November with a prize fund of 1.2 million rand, and since 2001, has been held at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The tournament has its roots in the South African Professional Match Play Championship, the running of which was taken over by the PGA of South Africa in 1957. At the same time the name was changed to the Dunlop Masters, and then three years later the format was changed to stroke play, and the current South African Masters was born.
The first event, at Houghton Golf Club in 1960, was won by Gary Player with an aggregate score of 266, a record that stood for 44 years. Player's total was equalled in 1970 by John Fourie, who remains the only amateur to claim the title. Andrew McLardy posted 264 at the Wild Coast resort in 2004 and Darren Fichardt holds the current mark of 263 set on the par-70 course in 2009.
The South African Masters, along with the South African Open and the South African PGA Championship form the Triple Crown. Winning all three titles in the same season is a feat only achieved by Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els.
|2011||2011||Shaun Norris||271 (-9)|
|2010||2010||Warren Abery||267 (-13)|
|2009||2009||Darren Fichardt||263 (-17)|
|2008||2008||Marc Cayeux||268 (-12)|
|Jean Hugo||269 (-11)PO|
|2006||2005–06||Warren Abery||265 (-15)|
|2005||2004–05||Richard Sterne||269 (-11)|
|2004||2003–04||Andrew McLardy||264 (-16)|
|2002||2002–03||Hennie Otto||279 (-1)|
|2002||2001–02||Justin Rose||265 (-15)|
|Nashua Nedtel Cellular Masters|
|2001||2000–01||Mark McNulty||274 (-6)|
|South African Masters|
|1999||1998–99||Desvonde Botes||269 (-19)|
|San Lameer South African Masters|
|1997||1996–97||Mark McNulty||276 (-12)|
|1996||1995–96||Wayne Westner||280 (-8)|
|Telekom South African Masters|
|1995||1994–95||Scott Dunlap||279 (-9)PO|
|1994||1993–94||Chris Davison||281 (-7)|
|EVS South African Masters|
|1993||1992–93||Tony Johnstone||275 (-13)|
|1992||1991–92||Ernie Els||275 (-13)|
|Twee Jonge Gezellen Masters|
|1990||Fulton Allem||276 (-12)|
|Safmarine South African Masters|
|SAB South African Masters|
|1981||Nick Price||281 (-7)|
|Kronenbrau South African Masters|
|Dunlop South African Masters|
|1976||Gary Player||268 (-12)|
|1970||John Fourie (A)||266|
* - Event reduced to 54 holes in 1975
- "History of the South African Masters sponsored by Nashua". Sunshine Tour. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- "Nashua Masters Information Sheet". supersport.co.za. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
- Sunshine Tour - official site
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