New Zealand Open

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New Zealand Open
Tournament information
Location Arrowtown, New Zealand
Established 1907
Course(s) Millbrook Resort and
The Hills Golf Club
Par 71 and 72
Length 6560m (Millbrook)
6596m (The Hills)
Tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
Nationwide Tour (2009–10)
European Tour (2005–07)
Format Stroke play
Prize fund NZ$1,000,000
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Rodger Davis (1986)
Current champion
New Zealand Michael Hendry
Arrowtown is located in New Zealand
Location in New Zealand

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is the premier men's golf tournament in New Zealand. Since 2014 it has been held as a pro-am in February or March. The 2017 champion was Michael Hendry who beat Ben Campbell and Brad Kennedy at the first hole of a sudden-death playoff after both Campbell and Kennedy put their tee-shots into the water at the par-3 hole. The 2017 tournament was the 98th edition of the event.


The New Zealand Amateur Championship had been played since 1893 and at the 1906 championship meeting in Christchurch it was decided to hold a 36-hole Open Championship at the championship meeting in 1907, "open to any professional or amateur in any part of the world" with prizes of £25 and £10 for the leading professionals.[1] The 1907 championship meeting was held at Napier Golf Club. The first round of the Open was played on the morning of 10 September, the amateurs also competing in a club team event. The professional David Hood and amateur J. Carne Bidwell led with rounds of 80.[2] A handicap event was held on the following day and the second round of the Open was played on the morning of 12 September. The amateur Arthur Duncan had a second round of 76 to win with a score of 159, seven ahead of J. Carne Bidwell. The Scottish professional, Jack McLaren, finished third on 167 with David Hood fourth on 168. McLaren and Hood took the cash prizes of £25 and £10.[3][4]

In 1908 the tournament was extended to 72 holes, and was won by Joe Clements, the first notable New Zealand-born professional golfer. There were no Opens from 1915 to 1918 due to World War I and the championship was again cancelled from 1940 to 1945 due to World War II. The Jellicoe Cup was presented by Viscount Jellicoe, the second Governor-General of New Zealand, in 1924 and is awarded for the lowest round in the championship.[5] The Bledisloe Cup was presented by Lord Bledisloe, the fourth Governor-General, in 1934 and is awarded to the leading amateur.[6]

In 1954 Bob Charles, who was later to become the only New Zealander to win a major championship in the 20th century, won as an 18-year-old amateur. He won again in 1966, 1971 and 1973, as a professional, and he and the two Australian major champions Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle dominated the event from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s. Other well known winners have included the American Corey Pavin in 1984 and 1985, and Michael Campbell in 2000. Campbell joined Charles as a major champion when he won the 2005 U.S. Open.

In 2002 Tiger Woods took part as a thank you to his New Zealand caddie Steve Williams, but he did not win. His participation caused some controversy when ticket prices were raised sharply that year.[7]

The New Zealand Open is a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament, and in 2005 was co-sanctioned for the first time by the European Tour, which led to a doubling of the prize fund to 1.5 million New Zealand Dollars. The European Tour had co-sanctioned PGA Tour of Australasia events before, but they had all been in Australia, making this the tour's first ever visit to New Zealand. In 2006 the event was moved to November, taking its place on the European Tour schedule for the following calendar year. The 2007 event was the last to be co-sanctioned by the European Tour, and with the tournament being rescheduled to March, there was also no New Zealand Open on the 2008 Australasian Tour. The 2009 and 2010 tournaments were also co-sanctioned by the Nationwide Tour, the official development tour of the PGA Tour. Since 2011 it has been solely sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Since 2014 the Championship has been a pro-am event. A professional field of about 140 play with an amateur partner for the first two rounds, alternately at The Hills and Millbrook Resort before the second round cut of 60 and ties. From 2014 and 2016 the final two rounds of the championship were played at The Hills but in 2017 they will be played at Millbrook Resort. The New Zealand Pro-Am Championship runs alongside to the main tournament in a best-ball format. After a second round cut the top 40 pro-am pairs progress to round three at The Hills, with a further cut to the top 10 pairs who play in the final round.


Venue Location First Last Times
Napier Golf Club Waiohiki, Napier 1907 1919 2
Otago Golf Club Maori Hill, Dunedin 1908 1971 7
Royal Auckland Golf Club Middlemore, Auckland 1909 2003 9
Christchurch Golf Club Shirley, Christchurch 1910 1982 11
Wanganui Golf Club Belmont links, Wanganui 1911 1978 8
Royal Wellington Golf Club Heretaunga, Wellington 1912 1995 7
St. Andrews of Hamilton St Andrews, Hamilton 1920 1975 6
Manawatu Golf Club Hokowhitu, Palmerston North 1922 1973 5
Miramar Golf Club Miramar, Wellington 1926 1939 2
Titirangi Golf Club Titirangi, Auckland 1933 1962 3
New Plymouth Golf Club Fitzroy, New Plymouth 1936 1980 4
Hastings Golf Club Maraekakaho, Hastings 1949 1949 1
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu 1959 2002 12
Invercargill Golf Club Otatara, Invercargill 1960 1960 1
The Grange Golf Club Papatoetoe, Auckland 1970 2004 5
St Clair Golf Club St Clair, Dunedin 1979 1979 1
Russley Golf Club Burnside, Christchurch 1985 1985 1
Remuera Golf Club Remuera, Auckland 1994 1994 1
Formosa Golf Club Beachlands, Auckland 1998 1998 1
Gulf Harbour Country Club Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa 2005 2006 2
The Hills Golf Club Arrowtown, near Queenstown 2007 2017 6 (+1)
Clearwater Golf Club Belfast, Christchurch 2011 2012 2
Millbrook Resort Arrowtown, near Queenstown 2014 2017 1 (+3)

Since 2014 the first two rounds have been played on two different courses, everyone playing one round on each course. After the cut, one of the courses is then used for the final two rounds. The number in brackets refers to the occasions where the course was just used for the first two rounds.



PGA Tour of Australasia event
Year Winner Country Venue(s) Score To par Margin
of victory
ISPS Handa New Zealand Open
2017 Michael Hendry  New Zealand Millbrook/The Hills 266 −19 Playoff New Zealand Ben Campbell
Australia Brad Kennedy
BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open
2016 Matthew Griffin  Australia The Hills/Millbrook 267 −20 1 stroke Japan Hideto Tanihara
BMW New Zealand Open
2015 Jordan Zunic  Australia The Hills/Millbrook 266 −21 1 stroke Australia David Bransdon
New Zealand Open
2014 Dimitrios Papadatos  Australia The Hills/Millbrook 270 −18 4 strokes New Zealand Mark Brown
BMW New Zealand Open
2013 No tournament (moved from November to February/March)
2012 Jake Higginbottom (a)  Australia Clearwater 281 −7 1 stroke Australia Jason Norris
Australia Peter Wilson
2011 Brad Kennedy  Australia Clearwater 281 −7 Playoff Australia Craig Parry
PGA Tour of Australasia and Nationwide Tour event
  • Bolded golfers received promotion to the PGA Tour at the end of the Nationwide Tour season.
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Michael Hill New Zealand Open
2010 Bobby Gates  United States The Hills 274 −14 1 stroke Australia Andrew Dodt
2009 Alex Prugh  United States The Hills 269 −19 3 strokes United States Martin Piller
PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour event
Year European
Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Michael Hill New Zealand Open
2008 No tournament (moved from November/December to March)
2007 2008 Richard Finch  England The Hills 274 −14 3 strokes Australia Steven Bowditch
Australia Paul Sheehan
Blue Chip New Zealand Open
2006 2007 Nathan Green  Australia Gulf Harbour 279 −5 2 strokes New Zealand Michael Campbell
England Nick Dougherty
Australia Marcus Fraser
Australia Jarrod Moseley
Australia Wade Ormsby
Australia Brett Rumford
Holden New Zealand Open
2005 2005 Niclas Fasth  Sweden Gulf Harbour 266 −22 Playoff England Miles Tunnicliff
PGA Tour of Australasia event
Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Holden New Zealand Open
2004 Terry Price  Australia The Grange 271 (−9) 1 stroke New Zealand Brad Heaven (a)
2003 Mahal Pearce  New Zealand Auckland 278 (−10) 2 strokes Australia Brett Rumford
Telstra New Zealand Open
2002 Craig Parry  Australia Paraparaumu Beach 273 (−11) 1 stroke New Zealand Steven Alker
New Zealand Michael Campbell
Australia Stephen Leaney
New Zealand Open
2001 David Smail  New Zealand The Grange 273 (−7) 2 strokes New Zealand Steven Alker
New Zealand Michael Campbell
England Roger Chapman
Australia Nathan Gatehouse
Crown Lager New Zealand Open
2000 Michael Campbell  New Zealand Paraparaumu Beach 269 (−15) Playoff New Zealand Craig Perks
New Zealand Open
1999 No tournament (moved from December to January)
1998 Matthew Lane  New Zealand Formosa 279 (−9) 3 strokes Australia Rod Pampling
AMP Air New Zealand Open
1997 Greg Turner (2)  New Zealand Auckland 278 (−10) 7 strokes Scotland Andrew Coltart
France Jean-Louis Guepy
Australia Lucas Parsons
1996 Michael Long  New Zealand Paraparaumu Beach 275 (−9) 4 strokes Australia Peter O'Malley
Peter O'Malley  Australia The Grange 272 (−8) 3 strokes United States Scott Hoch
Lucas Parsons  Australia Wellington 282 (−6) 1 stroke Australia Michael Clayton
AMP New Zealand Open
1994 Craig Jones  Australia Remuera 277 (−7) 1 stroke New Zealand Frank Nobilo
1993 Peter Fowler  Australia Paraparaumu Beach 274 (−10) 2 strokes New Zealand Elliot Boult
1992 Grant Waite  New Zealand Paraparaumu Beach 268 (−16) 2 strokes Australia Peter Fowler
Australia Grant Kenny
1991 Rodger Davis (2)  Australia Paraparaumu Beach 273 (−11) 2 strokes New Zealand Frank Nobilo
1990 No tournament (moved from November to March)
1989 Greg Turner  New Zealand Paraparaumu Beach 277 (−7) 6 strokes United States Richard Gilkey
Nissan-Mobil New Zealand Open
1988 Ian Stanley  Australia Paraparaumu Beach 273 (−11) 3 strokes Australia Michael Clayton
1987 Ronan Rafferty  Northern Ireland Wellington 279 (−9) Playoff United States Larry Nelson
1986 Rodger Davis  Australia The Grange 262 (−18) 8 strokes Australia Bob Shearer
New Zealand Open
1985 Corey Pavin (2)  United States Russley 277 (−15) 4 strokes Australia Jeff Senior
1984 Corey Pavin  United States Paraparaumu Beach 269 (−19) 4 strokes Australia Terry Gale
1983 Ian Baker-Finch  Australia Auckland 280 (E) 3 strokes New Zealand Stuart Reese
1982 Terry Gale  Australia Christchurch 284 (−4) 2 strokes New Zealand Bob Charles
1981 Bob Shearer (2)  Australia Wellington 285 (−3) 3 strokes Australia Terry Gale
1980 Buddy Allin  United States New Plymouth 274 (−14) 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
1979 Stewart Ginn  Australia St Clair 278 (−6) 3 strokes New Zealand Simon Owen
1978 Bob Shearer  Australia Wanganui 277 (−3) 1 stroke Scotland Brian Barnes
1977 Bob Byman  United States Auckland 290 (+6) 1 stroke Australia Terry Gale
1976 Simon Owen  New Zealand Wellington 284 (−8) 7 strokes England Doug McClelland
1975 Bill Dunk (2)  Australia Hamilton 272 (−16) 4 strokes United States Bill Brask
United States Bruce Fleisher
1974 Bob Gilder  United States Christchurch 283 (−5) Playoff New Zealand Bob Charles
Australia Jack Newton
1973 Bob Charles (4)  New Zealand Manawatu 283 (−5) 4 strokes Australia Ian Stanley
1972 Bill Dunk  Australia Paraparaumu Beach 279 (−5) 1 stroke England Maurice Bembridge
1971 Peter Thomson (9)  Australia Otago 276 (−8) 2 strokes England Maurice Bembridge
1970 Bob Charles (3)  New Zealand The Grange 271 (−13) 1 stroke Australia Graham Marsh
1969 Kel Nagle (7)  Australia Wanganui 273 (−7) 2 strokes New Zealand John Lister
1968 Kel Nagle (6)  Australia Christchurch 272 (−8) 7 strokes Australia Frank Phillips
1967 Kel Nagle (5)  Australia Hamilton 275 (−9) 4 strokes Australia Ted Ball
1966 Bob Charles (2)  New Zealand Paraparaumu Beach 273 (−19) 13 strokes England Gary Wolstenholme
1965 Peter Thomson (8)  Australia Auckland 278 (−2) 8 strokes New Zealand Bob Charles
Australia Kel Nagle
1964 Kel Nagle (4)  Australia Christchurch 266 (−26) 12 strokes Australia Frank Phillips
1963 Bruce Devlin  Australia Wanganui 273 (−11) 1 stroke Australia Peter Thomson
1962 Kel Nagle (3)  Australia Titirangi 281 2 strokes New Zealand Walter Godfrey (a)
1961 Peter Thomson (7)  Australia New Plymouth 267 9 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
1960 Peter Thomson (6)  Australia Invercargill 281 (−3) 1 stroke Australia Kel Nagle
1959 Peter Thomson (5)  Australia Paraparaumu Beach 287 (−5) Playoff Australia Kel Nagle
1958 Kel Nagle (2)  Australia Hamilton 278 2 strokes Australia Peter Thomson
1957 Kel Nagle  Australia Manawatu 294 4 strokes Australia Peter Thomson
1956 Harry Berwick (a)  Australia Christchurch 292 2 strokes New Zealand Bob Charles
1955 Peter Thomson (4)  Australia Auckland 280 (−8) 10 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
1954 Bob Charles (a)  New Zealand Wellington 280 2 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
1953 Peter Thomson (3)  Australia Otago 295 (+7) 5 strokes New Zealand Frank Buckler
1952 Alex Murray (3)  New Zealand Wanganui 293 1 stroke Australia Harry Berwick (a)
1951 Peter Thomson (2)  Australia Titirangi 288 4 strokes New Zealand Frank Buckler
New Zealand Tim Woon (a)
1950 Peter Thomson  Australia Christchurch 280 9 strokes New Zealand Alf Guy
1949 Jim Galloway  New Zealand Hastings 283 1 stroke New Zealand Bob Glading
New Zealand L B Johnston (a)
1948 Alex Murray (2)  New Zealand Otago 294 1 stroke New Zealand Bryan Silk (a)
1947 Bob Glading (a) (2)  New Zealand New Plymouth 291 3 strokes New Zealand Alex Murray
1946 Bob Glading (a)  New Zealand Manawatu 306 Playoff New Zealand Norman Fuller
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939 John Hornabrook (a) (2)  New Zealand Miramar 291 3 strokes New Zealand Alex Murray
1938 Bobby Locke  South Africa Otago 288 3 strokes New Zealand Andrew Shaw
New Zealand Basil Smith, Jr.
1937 John Hornabrook (a)  New Zealand Hamilton 299 Playoff New Zealand Ernie Moss
New Zealand Andrew Shaw
1936 Andrew Shaw (7)  New Zealand New Plymouth 292 5 strokes New Zealand Tom Galloway
New Zealand Alf Guy
1935 Alex Murray  New Zealand Christchurch 286 2 strokes New Zealand Andrew Shaw
1934 Andrew Shaw (6)  New Zealand Wanganui 288 5 strokes New Zealand Norrie Bell
1933 Ernie Moss (3)  New Zealand Titirangi 300 Playoff Scotland Ted Douglas
1932 Andrew Shaw (5)  New Zealand Wellington 289 5 strokes New Zealand Arthur Duncan (a)
1931 Andrew Shaw (4)  New Zealand Christchurch 287 1 stroke New Zealand Ewen Macfarlane (a)
1930 Andrew Shaw (3)  New Zealand Manawatu 284 18 strokes New Zealand D C Collins (a)
New Zealand Jock McIntosh
New Zealand Fred Rutter
1929 Andrew Shaw (2)  New Zealand Wanganui 299 3 strokes New Zealand T H Horton (a)
1928 Sloan Morpeth (a)  New Zealand Otago 303 2 strokes New Zealand Andrew Shaw
1927 Ernie Moss (2)  New Zealand Hamilton 300 4 strokes New Zealand Norrie Bell (a)
New Zealand Andrew Shaw
1926 Andrew Shaw  New Zealand Miramar 307 Playoff New Zealand Ernie Moss
1925 Ewen Macfarlane (a)  New Zealand Christchurch 308 2 strokes New Zealand Jock McIntosh
New Zealand Andrew Shaw
1924 Ernie Moss  New Zealand Auckland 301 10 strokes New Zealand Arthur Duncan (a)
1923 Arthur Brooks (2)  New Zealand Wanganui 312 2 strokes New Zealand Jack Black (a)
New Zealand Joe Clements
New Zealand Arthur Duncan (a)
New Zealand Fred Hood
1922 Arthur Brooks  New Zealand Manawatu 308 1 stroke New Zealand Jack Black (a)
1921 Ted Douglas (4)  Scotland Christchurch 302 9 strokes New Zealand Ernie Moss
1920 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia Hamilton 304 11 strokes Australia Arthur East
New Zealand Sloan Morpeth (a)
1919 Ted Douglas (3)  Scotland Napier 327 Playoff New Zealand Sloan Morpeth (a)
1915–18: No tournament due to World War I
1914 Ted Douglas (2)  Scotland Auckland 313 2 strokes New Zealand Arthur Duncan (a)
1913 Ted Douglas  Scotland Otago 303 9 strokes New Zealand Reg Butters
1912 Joe Clements (3)  New Zealand Wellington 322 3 strokes New Zealand B B Wood (a)
1911 Arthur Duncan (a) (3)  New Zealand Wanganui 319 3 strokes New Zealand J C Johnson
1910 Arthur Duncan (a) (2)  New Zealand Christchurch 295 11 strokes New Zealand Joe Clements
1909 Joe Clements (2)  New Zealand Auckland 324 6 strokes New Zealand J Carne Bidwell (a)
1908 Joe Clements  New Zealand Otago 335 1 stroke New Zealand David Hood
1907 Arthur Duncan (a)  New Zealand Napier 159 7 strokes New Zealand J Carne Bidwell (a)

In 2017 Hendry won with a par at the first extra hole. In 2011 Kennedy won with a birdie on the first extra hole. In 2005 Fasth won with a birdie on the second extra hole. In 2000 Campbell won with an eagle on the second extra hole. In 1987 Rafferty won with a par on the seventh extra hole. In 1974 Gilder won with a birdie on the third extra hole. Newton had been eliminated by at the second extra hole when he failed to make par. In 1959 Thomson beat Nagle 67 to 73 in an 18-hole playoff. In 1937 Hornabrook scored 73 in the 18-hole playoff, beating Moss (75) and Shaw (76). In 1933 Moss beat Douglas 146 to 155 in a 36-hole playoff. In 1926 Shaw beat Moss 76 to 80 in an 18-hole playoff. In 1919 Douglas beat Morpeth 82 to 85 in an 18-hole playoff.

  • (a) denotes amateur


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