New Zealand PGA Championship

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New Zealand PGA Championship
Tournament information
Location Palmerston North, New Zealand
Established 1920
Course(s) Manawatu Golf Club
Par 71
Tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia (since 1965)
Nationwide Tour (2002–09)
Format Stroke play (since 1965)
Match play (1920–64)
Prize fund NZ$125,000
Month played March
Current champion
Australia Jarryd Felton
Manawatu GC is located in New Zealand
Manawatu GC
Manawatu GC
Location in New Zealand

The New Zealand PGA Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. It is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Lawnmaster Horizon Golf New Zealand PGA Championship. It has been played since 1920, with some gap periods. It was originally a match play event and switched to stroke play in 1965. Major championship winners who have claimed the New Zealand PGA title include Sir Bob Charles, Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle and Tony Jacklin.

Sponsorship problems caused the tournament to be terminated after the 1987 event. In 2002, a PGA Tour of Australasia and U.S.-based Nationwide Tour co-sanctioned event, called the Holden Clearwater Classic was started at the Clearwater Resort in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was played again in 2003 and in 2004 the event resumed the name New Zealand PGA Championship.[1][2] Co-sanctioning with the Nationwide Tour ended after 2009.

The 2017 purse was NZ$125,000.



Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Lawnmaster Horizon Golf New Zealand PGA Championship
2017 Jarryd Felton  Australia Manawatu 270 −14 Playoff New Zealand Ben Campbell
Australia Josh Younger
Holden New Zealand PGA Championship
2016 Brad Kennedy  Australia Remuera 266 −22 2 strokes Australia Neven Basic
New Zealand Josh Geary
2015 Matthew Millar  Australia Remuera 270 −18 3 strokes Australia Geoff Drakeford
New Zealand Josh Geary
Australia Kristopher Mueck
New Zealand PGA Championship
2014 No tournament
2013 Michael Hendry  New Zealand The Hills 269 −19 Playoff Australia Scott Strange
New Zealand PGA Pro-Am Championship
2012 Michael Hendry  New Zealand The Hills 272 −16 2 strokes New Zealand Mark Brown
Australia Andrew Martin
New Zealand PGA hosted by Christchurch
2011 No tournament
2010 Mitchell Brown  Australia Clearwater 281 −7 Playoff Australia Ashley Hall
Co-sanctioned with the Nationwide Tour
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship
2009 Steven Alker  New Zealand Clearwater 273 −15 2 strokes New Zealand Josh Geary
New Zealand David Smail
2008 Darron Stiles  United States Clearwater 134 −10 1 stroke New Zealand David Smail
2007 Nicholas Thompson  United States Clearwater 280 −8 Playoff Canada David Morland
ING New Zealand PGA Championship
2006 Jim Rutledge  Canada Clearwater 279 −9 1 stroke Australia Jarrod Lyle
Australia Brett Rumford
2005 Peter O'Malley  Australia Clearwater 274 −14 Playoff Australia Steven Bowditch
New Zealand PGA Championship
2004 Gavin Coles  Australia Clearwater 282 −6 3 strokes Australia Bradley Hughes
Australia Brendan Jones
United States Bill Lunde
Clearwater Classic
2003 Ryan Palmer  United States Clearwater 271 −17 3 strokes Australia Andre Stolz
Holden Clearwater Classic
2002 Peter O'Malley  Australia Clearwater 271 −17 5 strokes Australia Brad Ott

New Zealand PGA Championship


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