Africa Open

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Africa Open
Tournament information
Location Eastern Cape, South Africa
Established 2008
Course(s) East London Golf Club
Par 71
Length 6,616 yards (6,050 m)
Tour(s) Sunshine Tour
European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund R 14,500,000
Month played February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 Louis Oosthuizen (2012)
To par −27 Louis Oosthuizen (2012)
Current champion
South Africa Trevor Fisher Jnr
East LondonGC is located in South Africa
East LondonGC
East London
GC
Location in South Africa

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]

Season Winner Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
Sun Euro
Africa Open
2015 2015 Trevor Fisher Jnr  South Africa 264 −24 5 strokes England Matt Ford
2014 2014 Thomas Aiken  South Africa 264 −20 Playoff England Oliver Fisher
2013 2013 Darren Fichardt  South Africa 272 −16 2 strokes France Grégory Bourdy
South Africa Jaco Van Zyl
2012 2012 Louis Oosthuizen (2)  South Africa 265 −27 2 strokes South Africa Tjaart van der Walt
2011 2011 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 276 −16 Playoff
(1st hole)
England Chris Wood
Spain Manuel Quirós
2010 2010 Charl Schwartzel  South Africa 272 −20 1 stroke South Africa Thomas Aiken
Africa Open Golf Challenge
2009 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 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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°S 27°E / 32°S 27°E / -32; 27