Australian Open (golf)

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Emirates Australian Open
Emirates Australian Open.jpg
Tournament information
Location Rose Bay, Australia (2016)
Established 1904
Course(s) Royal Sydney Golf Club (2016)
Par 72
Length 7,230 yards (6,610 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
OneAsia Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund A$1,250,000
Month played November
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Gary Player (1965)
To par –28 Gary Player (1965)
Current champion
United States Jordan Spieth
Royal Sydney  GC is located in Australia
Royal Sydney  GC
Royal Sydney GC
Location in Australia

The Australian Open, owned and run by Golf Australia, is the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The Open was first played in 1904 and takes place toward the end of each year. The winner of the tournament receives the Stonehaven Cup.

Status[edit]

The prize money is considered modest when compared to tournaments on the PGA Tour and the European Tour, however the Australian Open's position is one of the traditional golf powers. Winners between the mid-1950s to the late 1980s included many of the most distinguished international golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.

The Australian Open is the "flagship tournament" of the PGA Tour of Australasia, having a special status in the Official World Golf Ranking's points system. This status awards a minimum 32 points to the winner regardless of the strength of the field. The tournament is also part of the OneAsia Tour which was formed in 2009.

Since the Open Qualifying Series was introduced for the 2014 Open Championship, the Australian Open has been one of the qualifying tournaments, giving up to three non-exempt players entry into the Open Championship.

History[edit]

In recent years American Jordan Spieth has dominated the event winning twice (2014, 2016) and finishing runner-up once (2015). England's Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy are the only European golfers to have won the tournament.

Venues[edit]

Venue Location First Last Times
The Australian Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1904 2015 19
Royal Melbourne Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1905 1991 16
Royal Sydney Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1906 2016 15
Royal Adelaide Golf Club Adelaide, South Australia 1910 1998 9
Metropolitan Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1930 1997 7
Royal Queensland Golf Club Brisbane, Queensland 1947 1973 3
Kingston Heath Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1948 2000 7
Kooyonga Golf Club Adelaide, South Australia 1950 1972 5
Lake Karrinyup Country Club Perth, Western Australia 1952 1974 4
Gailes Golf Club Brisbane, Queensland 1955 1955 1
Victoria Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1961 2002 3
The Lakes Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1964 2012 6
Commonwealth Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1967 1967 1
Royal Hobart Golf Club Hobart, Tasmania 1971 1971 1
The Grand Golf Club Gold Coast, Queensland 2001 2001 1
Moonah Links Golf Club Rye, Victoria 2003 2005 2
New South Wales Golf Club Sydney, NSW 2009 2009 1

Winners[edit]

[1][2][3]

Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up First
prize (A$)
Emirates Australian Open
2016 Jordan Spieth (2)  United States Royal Sydney 276 (−12) Playoff Australia Ashley Hall
Australia Cameron Smith
225,000
2015 Matt Jones  Australia The Australian 276 (−8) 1 stroke Australia Adam Scott
United States Jordan Spieth
225,000
2014 Jordan Spieth  United States The Australian 271 (−13) 6 strokes Australia Rod Pampling 225,000
2013 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland Royal Sydney 270 (−18) 1 stroke Australia Adam Scott 225,000
2012 Peter Senior (2)  Australia The Lakes 284 (−4) 1 stroke Australia Brendan Jones 225,000
2011 Greg Chalmers (2)  Australia The Lakes 275 (−13) 1 stroke Australia John Senden 270,000
Australian Open presented by Century 21
2010 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia The Lakes 269 (−19) 4 strokes Australia Matt Jones
Australia Alistair Presnell
270,000
Australian Open
2009 Adam Scott  Australia New South Wales 273 (−15) 5 strokes Australia Stuart Appleby 270,000
2008 Tim Clark  South Africa Royal Sydney 279 (−9) Playoff Australia Mathew Goggin 270,000
MFS Australian Open
2007 Craig Parry  Australia The Australian 277 (−11) 1 stroke Australia Won Joon Lee
Australia Nick O'Hern
United States Brandt Snedeker
315,000
2006 John Senden  Australia Royal Sydney 280 (−8) 1 stroke Australia Geoff Ogilvy 270,000
2005 Robert Allenby (2)  Australia Moonah Links 284 (−4) 1 stroke Australia Nick O'Hern
Australia John Senden
Australia Paul Sheehan
216,000
Hillross Australian Open
2004 Peter Lonard (2)  Australia The Australian 281 (−3) 1 stroke Australia Stuart Appleby 270,000
Australian Open presented by Hillross Financial
2003 Peter Lonard  Australia Moonah Links 279 (−9) 1 stroke Australia Chris Downes
Australia Stephen Leaney
270,000
Holden Australian Open
2002 Stephen Allan  Australia Victoria 198 (−12) 1 stroke Australia Aaron Baddeley
United States Rich Beem
Australia Craig Parry
270,000
2001 Stuart Appleby  Australia The Grand 271 (−13) 3 strokes Australia Scott Laycock 270,000
2000 Aaron Baddeley (2)  Australia Kingston Heath 278 (−10) 2 strokes Australia Robert Allenby 250,000
1999 Aaron Baddeley (a)  Australia Royal Sydney 274 (−14) 2 strokes Australia Greg Norman
Australia Nick O'Hern
(180,000)
1998 Greg Chalmers  Australia Royal Adelaide 288 (E) 1 stroke Australia Stuart Appleby
Australia Peter Senior
1997 Lee Westwood  England Metropolitan 274 (−14) Playoff Australia Greg Norman
1996 Greg Norman (5)  Australia The Australian 280 (−8) 8 strokes Australia Wayne Grady
Heineken Australian Open
1995 Greg Norman (4)  Australia Kingston Heath 278 (−10) 2 strokes Australia Peter McWhinney 153,000
1994 Robert Allenby  Australia Royal Sydney 280 (−8) 1 stroke Australia Brett Ogle
1993 Brad Faxon  United States Metropolitan 275 (−13) 2 strokes Australia Michael Clayton
Australia Jeff Woodland
153,000
Australian Open
1992 Steve Elkington  Australia The Lakes 280 (−8) 2 strokes Australia Peter McWhinney
United States Duffy Waldorf
144,000
1991 Wayne Riley  Australia Royal Melbourne 285 (−3) 1 stroke Australia Robert Allenby (a) 126,000
1990 John Morse  United States The Australian 283 (−5) Playoff Australia Craig Parry 108,000
1989 Peter Senior  Australia Kingston Heath 271 (−17) 7 strokes Australia Peter Fowler 90,000
National Panasonic Australian Open
1988 Mark Calcavecchia  United States Royal Sydney 269 (−19) 6 strokes United States Mark McCumber 63,000
1987 Greg Norman (3)  Australia Royal Melbourne 273 (−15) 10 strokes Scotland Sandy Lyle 54,000
1986 Rodger Davis  Australia Metropolitan 278 (−10) 1 stroke Australia Ian Baker-Finch
Australia Graham Marsh
Australia Bob Shearer
49,500
1985 Greg Norman (2)  Australia Royal Melbourne 212 (−4) 2 strokes Australia Ossie Moore 45,000
1984 Tom Watson  United States Royal Melbourne 281 (−7) 1 stroke Australia Bob Stanton 36,000
Australian Open
1983 Peter Fowler  Australia Kingston Heath 285 (−3) 3 strokes Australia Ian Baker-Finch 27,000
1982 Bob Shearer  Australia The Australian 287 (−1) 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
United States Payne Stewart
40,500
1981 Bill Rogers  United States Victoria 282 (−6) 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman 27,000
Dunhill Australian Open
1980 Greg Norman  Australia The Lakes 284 (−4) 1 stroke Australia Brian Jones 35,000
1979 Jack Newton  Australia Metropolitan 288 (E) 1 stroke Australia Graham Marsh
Australia Greg Norman
30,000
Australian Open
1978 Jack Nicklaus (6)  United States The Australian 284 (−4) 6 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw 44,000
1977 David Graham  Australia The Australian 284 (−4) 3 strokes United States Don January
United States Bruce Lietzke
New Zealand John Lister
36,000
1976 Jack Nicklaus (5)  United States The Australian 286 (−2) 4 strokes United States Curtis Strange 32,000
1975 Jack Nicklaus (4)  United States The Australian 279 (−9) 3 strokes United States Bill Brask
Qantas Australian Open
1974 Gary Player (7)  South Africa Lake Karrinyup 277 (−11) 3 strokes Scotland Norman Wood
1973 J. C. Snead  United States Royal Queensland 280 (−8) 2 strokes United States Jerry Breaux 4,000
1972 Peter Thomson (3)  Australia Kooyonga 281 (−7) Playoff Australia David Graham
1971 Jack Nicklaus (3)  United States Royal Hobart 269 (−19) 8 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
Australian Open
1970 Gary Player (6)  South Africa Kingston Heath 280 (−8) 3 strokes Australia Bruce Devlin 3,000
1969 Gary Player (5)  South Africa Royal Sydney 288 (E) 1 stroke England Guy Wolstenholme 2,500
1968 Jack Nicklaus (2)  United States Lake Karrinyup 270 (−18) 1 stroke South Africa Gary Player
1967 Peter Thomson (2)  Australia Commonwealth 281 (−11) 7 strokes Australia Colin Johnston
1966 Arnold Palmer  United States Royal Queensland 276 (−22) 5 strokes Australia Kel Nagle 1,600
Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1965 Gary Player (4)  South Africa Kooyonga 264 (−28) 6 strokes Australia Frank Phillips
United States Jack Nicklaus
1964 Jack Nicklaus  United States The Lakes 287 (−1) Playoff Australia Bruce Devlin
1963 Gary Player (3)  South Africa Royal Melbourne 278 (−18) 7 strokes Australia Bruce Devlin
1962 Gary Player (2)  South Africa Royal Adelaide 281 2 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
1961 Frank Phillips (2)  Australia Victoria 275 2 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
1960 Bruce Devlin (a)  Australia Lake Karrinyup 282 1 stroke Australia Ted Ball (a)
1959 Kel Nagle  Australia The Australian 284 5 strokes Australia Vic Bulgin (a)
Australia John Sullivan
1958 Gary Player  South Africa Kooyonga 271 5 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
1957 Frank Phillips  Australia Kingston Heath 287 1 stroke Australia Ossie Pickworth
South Africa Gary Player
1956 Bruce Crampton  Australia Royal Sydney 289 2 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
1955 Bobby Locke  South Africa Gailes 290 1 stroke Australia Kel Nagle
Australia Norman Von Nida
1954 Ossie Pickworth (4)  Australia Kooyonga 280 8 strokes Australia Norman Von Nida
1953 Norman Von Nida (3)  Australia Royal Melbourne 278 2 strokes Australia Peter Thomson
1952 Norman Von Nida (2)  Australia Lake Karrinyup 278 5 strokes Australia Ossie Pickworth
1951 Peter Thomson  Australia Metropolitan 283 4 strokes Australia Norman Von Nida
1950 Norman Von Nida  Australia Kooyonga 286 1 stroke Australia Peter Thomson
1949 Eric Cremin  Australia The Australian 287 7 strokes Australia Norman Von Nida
1948 Ossie Pickworth (3)  Australia Kingston Heath 289 Playoff Australia Jim Ferrier
1947 Ossie Pickworth (2)  Australia Royal Queensland 285 5 strokes Australia Billy McWilliam
1946 Ossie Pickworth  Australia Royal Sydney 289 2 strokes Australia Alan Waterson (a)
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939 Jim Ferrier (a) (2)  Australia Royal Melbourne 285 2 strokes Australia Norman Von Nida
Australia Martin Smith
1938 Jim Ferrier (a)  Australia Royal Adelaide 283 14 strokes Australia Norman Von Nida
1937 George Naismith  Australia The Australian 299 1 stroke Australia Doug Davies (a)
Australia Tom McKay (a)
Australia Ossie Walker
1936 Gene Sarazen  United States Metropolitan 282 4 strokes Australia Harry Williams
1935 Fergus McMahon  Australia Royal Adelaide 293 1 stroke Australia Jim Ferrier (a)
1934 Billy Bolger  Australia Royal Sydney 283 3 strokes United States Gene Sarazen
1933 Lou Kelly  Australia Royal Melbourne 302 3 strokes Australia Jim Ferrier (a)
Australia Gus Jackson (a)
Australia Reg Jupp
1932 Mick Ryan (a)  Australia Royal Adelaide 296 1 stroke Australia Fergus McMahon
1931 Ivo Whitton (a) (5)  Australia The Australian 301 1 stroke Australia Jim Ferrier (a)
1930 Frank Eyre  Australia Metropolitan 306 7 strokes Australia George Fawcett (a)
Australia Rufus Stewart
1929 Ivo Whitton (a) (4)  Australia Royal Adelaide 309 5 strokes Australia Frank Eyre
Australia Rufus Stewart
1928 Fred Popplewell (2)  Australia Royal Sydney 295 1 stroke Australia Rufus Stewart
1927 Rufus Stewart  Australia Royal Melbourne 297 2 strokes Australia Harry Sinclair
1926 Ivo Whitton (a) (3)  Australia Royal Adelaide 297 3 strokes Australia Rufus Stewart
1925 Fred Popplewell  Australia The Australian 299 2 strokes Australia Tom Howard
1924 Alex Russell (a)  Australia Royal Melbourne 303 2 strokes Australia Carnegie Clark
1923 Tom Howard  Australia Royal Adelaide 301 3 strokes England Arthur Ham
1922 Charlie Campbell  Australia Royal Sydney 307 3 strokes Australia Arthur Le Fevre
1921 Arthur Le Fevre  Australia Royal Melbourne 295 10 strokes Australia Tom Rutledge (a)
1920 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia The Australian 290 5 strokes Scotland Dan Soutar
1914–19: No tournament due to World War I
1913 Ivo Whitton (a) (2)  Australia Royal Melbourne 302 3 strokes Australia Audley Lemprière (a)
1912 Ivo Whitton (a)  Australia Royal Melbourne 321 5 strokes Scotland Dan Soutar
Australia Fred Popplewell
1911 Carnegie Clark (3)  Australia Royal Sydney 321 1 stroke Australia Fred Popplewell
1910 Carnegie Clark (2)  Australia Royal Adelaide 306 11 strokes Scotland Dan Soutar
1909 Claude Felstead (a)  Australia Royal Melbourne 316 2 strokes Scotland Dan Soutar
1908 Clyde Pearce (a)  Australia The Australian 311 3 strokes Scotland Dan Soutar
1907 Michael Scott (a) (2)  England Royal Melbourne 318 8 strokes Scotland Dan Soutar
1906 Carnegie Clark  Australia Royal Sydney 322 5 strokes Scotland Dan Soutar
1905 Dan Soutar  Scotland Royal Melbourne 337 10 strokes England Michael Scott (a)
1904 Michael Scott (a)  England The Australian 315 8 strokes Australia Leslie Penfold Hyland (a)

(a) denotes amateur
The 1985 and 2002 events were reduced to 54 holes
In 2016 Spieth won the playoff with a birdie at the first extra hole. In 2008 Clark won the playoff with a par at the first extra hole. In 1997 Westwood won the playoff with a par at the fourth extra hole. In 1990 Morse won the playoff with a par at the first extra hole. In 1972 Thomson won the 18-hole playoff 68 to 74. In 1964 Nicklaus won the 18-hole playoff 67 to 70. In 1948 Pickworth won the 18-hole playoff 71 to 74.

Multiple winners[edit]

As of the 2016 event, the following golfers have won the Australian Open more than once.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°52′23″S 151°15′58″E / 33.8731°S 151.2661°E / -33.8731; 151.2661