Australian PGA Championship

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Australian PGA Championship
Australian PGA Championship logo.png
Tournament information
Location Queensland, Australia
Established 1905
Course(s) RACV Royal Pines Resort
Par 72
Length 7,378 yards (6,746 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour (since 2015)
OneAsia Tour (2009-14)
Format Stroke play
Prize fund A$1,500,000
Month played December
Current champion
United States Harold Varner III
RACV Royal Pines Resort is located in Australia
RACV Royal Pines Resort
RACV Royal Pines Resort
Location in Australia

The Australian PGA Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. It is the home tournament of the Australian PGA and dates back to 1905. Since 2000 it has been held in the South East Queensland region.

The tournament was also part of the OneAsia Tour from 2009 to 2014. Since 2015 it has been co-sanctioned with the European Tour.

The winner receives the Joe Kirkwood Cup, given by Australian golfer Joe Kirkwood, Sr. and first presented to Rufus Stewart in 1929.[1][2]

The event started as a match-play event from its inception in 1905 until 1963. Then in 1964 the tournament changed its format to 72-hole stroke-play. It has been played in that format to the current day, with the exception of 1973 when it reverted to match-play for a single season. Before World War II the Professional Championship was generally played as part of the Championship meeting, which also included the Open Championship and the Australian Amateur Championship, An exception was in 1926 when the Professional Championship was contested as part of the Sun-Herald Tournament.[3]

Venues[edit]

Venue Location First Last Times
Royal Melbourne Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1905 1983 14
Royal Sydney Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1906 1966 7
The Australian Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1908 1937 5
Oakleigh Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1909 1913 2
Glenelg Golf Club Adelaide, South Australia 1910 1910 1
Concord Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1921 1993 4
Royal Adelaide Golf Club Adelaide, South Australia 1923 1938 5
Metropolitan Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1930 1968 5
Manly Golf Club Sydney, New South Wales 1946 1946 1
Royal Hobart Golf Club Hobart, Tasmania 1948 1948 1
Royal Perth Golf Club Perth, Western Australia 1949 1949 1
The Lakes Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1950 1987 3
Roseville Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1952 1952 1
Indooroopilly Golf Club Brisbane, Queensland 1956 1956 1
Huntingdale Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1957 1957 1
Kooyonga Golf Club Adelaide, South Australia 1958 1958 1
New South Wales Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1959 1998 5
Royal Fremantle Golf Club Fremantle, Western Australia 1960 1960 1
Rossdale Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1961 1962 2
Oatlands Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1963 1963 1
Monash Country Club Sydney, NSW 1964 1984 2
Riversdale Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1965 1965 1
Royal Canberra Golf Club Canberra, ACT 1969 1969 1
Surfers Paradise Golf Club Gold Coast, Queensland 1970 1971 2
Bonnie Doon Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1973 1973 1
Liverpool Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1974 1974 1
Burleigh Heads Golf Club Gold Coast, Queensland 1975 1975 1
Rosebud Country Club Melbourne, Victoria 1976 1976 1
Yarra Yarra Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1977 1977 1
Castle Hill Country Club Sydney, NSW 1985 1986 2
Riverside Oaks Golf Resort Sydney, NSW 1988 1990 3
Victoria Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1999 1999 1
Royal Queensland Golf Club Brisbane, Queensland 2000 2001 2
Palmer Coolum Resort
(Hyatt Regency Coolum)
Sunshine Coast, Queensland 2002 2012 11
RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast, Queensland 2013 2017 5

Winners[edit]

Stroke play era winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
2017 Royal Pines
2016 Harold Varner III  United States Royal Pines 269 −19 2 strokes Australia Andrew Dodt
2015 Nathan Holman  Australia Royal Pines 288 E Playoff South Africa Dylan Frittelli
United States Harold Varner III
2014 Greg Chalmers (2)  Australia Royal Pines 277 −11 Playoff Australia Wade Ormsby
Australia Adam Scott
2013 Adam Scott  Australia Royal Pines 270 −14 4 strokes United States Rickie Fowler
2012 Daniel Popovic  Australia Palmer Coolum 272 −16 4 strokes Australia Anthony Brown
Australia Rod Pampling
2011 Greg Chalmers  Australia Hyatt Coolum 276 −12 Playoff Australia Robert Allenby
Australia Marcus Fraser
2010 Peter Senior (3)  Australia Hyatt Coolum 276 −12 Playoff Australia Geoff Ogilvy
2009 Robert Allenby (4)  Australia Hyatt Coolum 270 −14 4 strokes Australia John Senden
Australia Scott Strange
2008 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia Hyatt Coolum 274 −14 2 strokes Australia Mathew Goggin
2007 Peter Lonard (3)  Australia Hyatt Coolum 268 −20 3 strokes New Zealand David Smail
2006 Nick O'Hern  Australia Hyatt Coolum 266 −22 Playoff Australia Peter Lonard
2005 Robert Allenby (3)  Australia Hyatt Coolum 270 −18 1 stroke Australia Mathew Goggin
2004 Peter Lonard (2)  Australia Hyatt Coolum 270 −18 2 strokes Australia James Nitties
2003 Peter Senior (2)  Australia Hyatt Coolum 271 −17 1 stroke Australia Rod Pampling
2002 Peter Lonard
Jarrod Moseley
 Australia
 Australia
Hyatt Coolum 271 −17 Playoff (Tie) Title shared
2001 Robert Allenby (2)  Australia Royal Queensland 273 −15 1 stroke Australia Geoff Ogilvy
2000 Robert Allenby  Australia Royal Queensland 275 −13 1 stroke Australia Steven Conran
1999 Greg Turner  New Zealand Victoria 278 −10 2 strokes Australia Shane Tait
1998 David Howell  England New South Wales 275 −13 7 strokes Trinidad and Tobago Stephen Ames
Australia Terry Price
1997 Andrew Coltart (2)  Scotland New South Wales 285 −3 4 strokes Australia Stephen Allan
Australia Stuart Appleby
1996 Phil Tataurangi  New Zealand New South Wales 279 −9 1 stroke Australia Rodger Davis
Australia Peter Lonard
1995 No tournament
1994 Andrew Coltart  Scotland New South Wales 281 −7 2 strokes Australia Terry Price
1993 Ian Baker-Finch  Australia Concord 275 −9 Playoff Australia Peter Fowler
New Zealand Grant Waite
1992 Craig Parry  Australia Concord 269 −15 3 strokes Australia Peter McWhinney
1991 Wayne Grady (2)  Australia Concord 271 −13 3 strokes Australia Brett Ogle
1990 Brett Ogle  Australia Riverside Oaks 273 −11 5 strokes Australia Rodger Davis
Australia Wayne Grady
1989 Peter Senior  Australia Riverside Oaks 274 −14 1 stroke United States Jim Benepe
1988 Wayne Grady  Australia Riverside Oaks 275 −13 Playoff Australia Greg Norman
1987 Roger Mackay  Australia The Lakes 284 −8 1 stroke United States Mike Colandro
1986 Mike Harwood  Australia Castle Hill 275 −13 2 strokes Australia Greg Norman
1985 Greg Norman (2)  Australia Castle Hill 273 −15 8 strokes Sweden Magnus Persson
1984 Greg Norman  Australia Monash 277 −11 8 strokes Australia Rodger Davis
1983 Bob Shearer  Australia Royal Melbourne 288 E 2 strokes Australia Ossie Moore
1982 Graham Marsh  Australia Royal Melbourne 282 −6 3 strokes Australia John Clifford
United States Ben Crenshaw
Australia Bob Shearer
1981 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Royal Melbourne 282 −6 3 strokes Australia Bill Dunk
1980 Sam Torrance  Scotland Royal Melbourne 282 −6 2 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros
1979 Stewart Ginn  Australia Royal Melbourne 284 E 3 strokes New Zealand Bob Charles
Australia Bob Shearer
1978 Hale Irwin  United States Royal Melbourne 278 −6 8 strokes Australia Graham Marsh
1977 Mike Cahill  Australia Yarra Yarra 278 −10 8 strokes Australia Mike Ferguson
1976 Bill Dunk (5)  Australia Rosebud 281 −7 Playoff Australia Peter Croker
1975 Vic Bennetts  Australia Burleigh Heads 287 +3 3 strokes Australia Brian Moran
Australia Kel Nagle
Australia Robert Taylor
1974 Bill Dunk (4)  Australia Liverpool 279 −9 Playoff Australia Ian Stanley
1973 Randall Vines (2)  Australia Bonnie Doon 2 & 1 Australia Stewart Ginn
1972 Randall Vines  Australia The Lakes 290 −2 2 strokes Australia Bill Dunk
1971 Bill Dunk (3)  Australia Surfers Paradise 273 −7 3 strokes Australia Graham Marsh
Australia Bob Shaw
1970 Bruce Devlin (2)  Australia Surfers Paradise 275 −5 3 strokes Australia John Dyer
Australia Peter Harvey
Australia Tim Woolbank
1969 Bruce Devlin  Australia Royal Canberra 277 −11 3 strokes Japan Takashi Murakami
1968 Kel Nagle (6)  Australia Metropolitan 276 −20 6 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
1967 Peter Thomson  Australia Metropolitan 282 −14 1 stroke Australia Colin Johnston
Australia Frank Phillips
1966 Bill Dunk (2)  Australia Royal Sydney 279 −9 7 strokes Australia Peter Thomson
1965 Kel Nagle (5)  Australia Riversdale 276 −16 1 stroke Australia Frank Phillips
1964 Colin Johnston (2)  Australia Monash 275 −13 1 stroke Australia Bruce Devlin

In 2015 Holman won with a par on the first playoff hole. In 2014 Chalmers won with a par at the seventh extra hole. Ormsby was eliminated by birdies on the third extra hole. In 2011 Chalmers won with a par at the first extra hole. In 2010 Senior won with a par at the second extra hole. In 2006 O'Hern won with a birdie at the fourth extra hole. In 2002 Lonard and Moseley agreed to be joint winners of the event. They had played one hole of a sudden-death playoff. Fading light meant that no further play was possible and they chose not to return the following day. In 1993 Baker-Finch won at the second extra hole. In 1993 Grady won with a par at the fourth extra hole. In 1976 Dunk beat Croker 71 to 75 in the 18-hole playoff. In 1974 Dunk beat Stanley 71 to 72 in the 18-hole playoff. In 1973 there was a stroke-play round with the leading 64 qualifying for six 18-hole rounds of match-play.

Match play era winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Venue Margin Runner-up Ref
1963 Colin Johnston  Australia Oatlands 3 & 2 United States Ron Howell [4]
1962 Bill Dunk  Australia Rossdale 8 & 7 Australia Eric Cremin [5]
1961 Alan Murray  Australia Rossdale 2 & 1 Australia Frank Phillips [6]
1960 John Sullivan  Australia Royal Fremantle 2 up Australia Norman Von Nida [7]
1959 Kel Nagle (4)  Australia New South Wales 5 & 3 Australia Peter Thomson [8]
1958 Kel Nagle (3)  Australia Kooyonga 6 & 5 Australia Eric Cremin [9]
1957 Gary Player  South Africa Huntingdale 2 up Australia Peter Thomson [10]
1956 Les Wilson  Australia St Michael's 4 & 2 Australia Len Woodward [11]
1955 Ossie Pickworth (3)  Australia Indooroopilly 8 & 7 Australia Frank Phillips [12]
1954 Kel Nagle (2)  Australia Royal Sydney 1 up Australia Jim McInnes [13]
1953 Ossie Pickworth (2)  Australia Royal Melbourne 1 up Australia Peter Thomson [14]
1952 Bill Holder  Australia Roseville 2 & 1 Australia Eric Cremin [15]
1951 Norman Von Nida (4)  Australia Metropolitan 6 & 5 Australia Ossie Pickworth [16]
1950 Norman Von Nida (3)  Australia The Lakes 6 & 5 Australia Eric Cremin [17]
1949 Kel Nagle  Australia Royal Perth 7 & 5 Australia Ted Naismith [18]
1948 Norman Von Nida (2)  Australia Royal Hobart 2 & 1 Australia Eric Cremin [19]
1947 Ossie Pickworth  Australia Royal Melbourne 2 & 1 Australia Eric Cremin [20]
1946 Norman Von Nida  Australia Manly 1 up Australia Eric Cremin [21]
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939 Ted Naismith  Australia Royal Melbourne 7 & 5 Australia George Naismith [22]
1938 Eric Cremin (2)  Australia Royal Adelaide 2 & 1 Australia Charlie Booth [23]
1937 Eric Cremin  Australia The Australian 4 & 2 Australia Sam Richardson [24]
1936 Bill Clifford  Australia Metropolitan 4 & 2 Australia Ron Harris [25]
1935 Sam Richardson (2)  Australia Royal Adelaide 2 & 1 Australia Horace Boorer [26]
1934 Lou Kelly  Australia Royal Sydney 2 & 1 Australia Billy Bolger [27]
1933 Sam Richardson  Australia Royal Melbourne 9 & 7 Australia Arthur Spence [28]
1932 Fergus McMahon  Scotland Royal Adelaide 7 & 6 Australia George Naismith [29]
1931 Don Spence  Australia The Australian 2 & 1 Australia Billy Bolger [30]
1930 Jock Robertson  Australia Metropolitan 2 & 1 Australia Rufus Stewart [31]
1929 Rufus Stewart  Scotland Royal Adelaide 8 & 7 Australia Ernie Bissett [32]
1928 Harry Sinclair (2)  Australia Royal Sydney 1 up Australia Vic James [33]
1927 Harry Sinclair  Australia Royal Melbourne 4 & 3 England Alf Toogood [34]
1926 Frank Eyre  Australia The Australian 6 & 5 Australia Arthur Le Fevre [3]
1925 Tom Howard (2)  Australia The Australian 3 & 1 Australia Fred Popplewell [35]
1924 Tom Howard  Australia Royal Melbourne 4 & 2 Australia Arthur Le Fevre [36]
1923 Fred Popplewell  Australia Royal Adelaide 2 & 1 Australia Rufus Stewart [37]
1922 Charlie Campbell (2)  Australia Royal Sydney 1 up Australia Tom Howard [38]
1921 Arthur Le Fevre  Australia Concord
1920 Unknown
1914–19: No tournament due to World War I
1913 Carnegie Clark (3)  Australia Oakleigh
1912 Unknown
1911 Charlie Campbell  Australia Royal Sydney 154
1910 Dan Soutar (4)  Scotland Glenelg 150
1909 Carnegie Clark (2)  Scotland Oakleigh
1908 Carnegie Clark  Scotland The Australian 4 & 3 Australia Victor East [39]
1907 Dan Soutar (3)  Scotland Royal Melbourne 4 & 3 Australia Alex McLaren [40]
1906 Dan Soutar (2)  Scotland Royal Sydney 5 & 3 New Zealand Fred Hood [41]
1905 Dan Soutar  Scotland Royal Melbourne 4 & 3

Source:[42][43][44]

James Scott won an unofficial tournament in 1897

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°00′11″S 153°22′23″E / 28.003°S 153.373°E / -28.003; 153.373