South African Open (golf)

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South African Open
Tournament information
Location Ekurhuleni, South Africa
Established 1903
Course(s) Glendower Golf Club
Par 72
Length 6,899 yards (6,308 m)
Tour(s) Sunshine Tour
European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 1,100,000
Month played January
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Ernie Els (2006)
To par −24 (as above)
Current champion
Denmark Morten Ørum Madsen

The South African Open Championship is one of the oldest national open golf championships in the world, and is one of the principal tournaments on the Sunshine Tour. Since 1997 it has also been co-sanctioned by the European Tour. As the flagship event on the Sunshine Tour, the tournament also receives special status from the Official World Golf Ranking, with the winner being guaranteed a minimum of 32 points regardless of the strength of the field.[1]

The first formal event was organised in 1903, following a series of exhibition matches that had been held over the preceding ten years. The championship was initially contested over just 36 holes until 1908, when it was extended to become a 72 hole tournament. Although non-whites had played in the South African Open before, most notably when Papwa Sewgolum finished second in 1963, it was not until 1972 that black golfers were allowed to compete.[2]

The South African Open formerly took place at Durban Country Club in Durban, but moved to the Serengeti Golf Club in Ekurhuleni in 2011. It moved to Glendower Golf Club in 2013.

Gary Player has been the most successful player in the tournament's history, with 13 victories over four decades between 1956 and 1981. Bobby Locke won nine titles.

Winners[edit]

Year Season Winner Score
Sunshine European
South African Open Championship
20153 2014 2015
2013 2013 2014 Denmark Morten Ørum Madsen 269 (−19)
2012 2012 2012 Sweden Henrik Stenson 271 (−17)
2011 2011 2011 South Africa Hennie Otto 274 (−14)
2010 2010 2011 South Africa Ernie Els (5/5) 263 (−25)1
2009 2009 2010 Scotland Richie Ramsay 275 (−13)PO
2008 2008 2009 South Africa Richard Sterne 274 (−14)PO
South African Airways Open
2007 2007 2008 South Africa James Kingston 284 (−4)
2006 2006–07 2007 South Africa Ernie Els (4/5) 264 (−24)
20052 2005–06 2006 South Africa Retief Goosen (2/2) 282 (−10)
20052 2004–05 2005 South Africa Tim Clark (2/2) 273 (−15)
2004 2003–04 2004 South Africa Trevor Immelman (2/2) 276 (−12)
2003 2002–03 2003 South Africa Trevor Immelman (1/2) 274 (−14)PO
Bell's South African Open
2002 2001–02 2002 South Africa Tim Clark (1/2) 269 (−19)
Mercedes-Benz South African Open Championship
2001 2000–01 2001 Zimbabwe Mark McNulty (2/2) 280 (−8)
2000 1999–00 2000 Sweden Mathias Grönberg 274 (−14)
Mercedes-Benz – Vodacom South African Open
1999 1998–99 1999 South Africa David Frost (2/2) 279 (−5)
South African Open
1998 1997–98 1998 South Africa Ernie Els (3/5) 273 (−15)
1997 1996–97 1997 Fiji Vijay Singh 270 (−18)
1.^ Not an official record score because the 4th hole was unplayable during the 3rd and 4th rounds due to heavy rain. For scoring purposes, all players were deemed to have recorded a par for the hole.
2.^ Two events in 2005 due to rescheduling from January to December.
3.^ No event in 2014 due to rescheduling from November to January.

Prior to European Tour co-sanctioning

Multiple winners[edit]

Eighteen men have won this tournament more than once through 2012.

Wins Player Country Years won
13 Gary Player  South Africa 1956, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981
9 Bobby Locke  South Africa 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1955
8 Sid Brews  South Africa 1925, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1949, 1952
5 George Fotheringham  South Africa 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914
5 Ernie Els  South Africa 1992, 1996, 1998, 2006, 2010
4 Laurie Waters  South Africa 1903, 1904, 1907, 1920
4 Jock Brews  South Africa 1921, 1923, 1926, 1928
2 A. G. Gray  South Africa 1905, 1906
2 Harold Henning  South Africa 1957, 1962
2 Retief Waltman  South Africa 1961, 1963
2 Bobby Cole  South Africa 1974, 1980
2 Wayne Westner  South Africa 1988, 1991
2 Tony Johnstone  Zimbabwe 1984, 1993 (Dec)
2 David Frost  South Africa 1986, 1999
2 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe 1987, 2001
2 Trevor Immelman  South Africa 2003, 2004
2 Tim Clark  South Africa 2002, 2005 (Jan)
2 Retief Goosen  South Africa 1995, 2005 (Dec)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How the System Works". Official World Golf Ranking. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  2. ^ "South African Open Championship History and Highlights". South African Open Championship. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 

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