South African Masters
|Location||Eastern Cape, South Africa|
|Course(s)||Wild Coast Sun Country Club|
|Prize fund||R 1,200,000|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||263 Darren Fichardt (2009)|
|To par||−19 Desvonde Botes (1999)|
The South African Masters was one of the most prestigious golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour. It was last played in 2011. Before its discontinuation, it had a prize fund of 1.2 million rand and was held at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club on the KwaZulu-Natal border, South Africa.
The tournament had its roots in the South African Professional Match Play Championship, the running of which was taken over by the PGA of South Africa in 1957. At the same time Dunlop became the sponsor of the Match Play Championship, before moving their sponsorship to the Dunlop Masters, a new stroke play event, in 1960.
The first event, at Houghton Golf Club in 1960, was won by Gary Player with an aggregate score of 266, a record that stood for 44 years. Player's total was equalled in 1970 by John Fourie, the only amateur to claim the title. Andrew McLardy posted 264 at the Wild Coast resort in 2004 and Darren Fichardt holds the record of 263 set on the par-70 course in 2009.
The South African Masters, along with the South African Open and the South African PGA Championship formed the Triple Crown. Winning all three titles in the same season was a feat only achieved by Gary Player and Ernie Els.
|2011||2011||Shaun Norris||271 (−9)|
|2010||2010||Warren Abery||267 (−13)|
|2009||2009||Darren Fichardt||263 (−17)|
|2008||2008||Marc Cayeux||268 (−12)|
|Jean Hugo||269 (−11)PO|
|2006||2005–06||Warren Abery||265 (−15)|
|2005||2004–05||Richard Sterne||269 (−11)|
|2004||2003–04||Andrew McLardy||264 (−16)|
|2002||2002–03||Hennie Otto||279 (−1)|
|2002||2001–02||Justin Rose||265 (−15)|
|Nashua Nedtel Cellular Masters|
|2001||2000–01||Mark McNulty||274 (−6)|
|South African Masters|
|1999||1998–99||Desvonde Botes||269 (−19)|
|San Lameer South African Masters|
|1997||1996–97||Mark McNulty||276 (−12)|
|1996||1995–96||Wayne Westner||280 (−8)|
|Telekom South African Masters|
|1995||1994–95||Scott Dunlap||279 (−9)PO|
|1994||1993–94||Chris Davison||281 (−7)|
|EVS South African Masters|
|1993||1992–93||Tony Johnstone||275 (−13)|
|1992||1991–92||Ernie Els||275 (−13)|
|Twee Jonge Gezellen Masters|
|1990||Fulton Allem||276 (−12)|
|Safmarine South African Masters|
|SAB South African Masters|
|1981||Nick Price||281 (−7)|
|Kronenbrau South African Masters|
|Dunlop South African Masters|
|1976||Gary Player||268 (−12)|
|1974||Gary Player||270PO |
|1972 (Dec)||Gary Player||268 |
|1972 (Jan)||Gary Player||267|
|1971||Gary Player||269 (-15)|
|1970||John Fourie (A)||266|
* - Event reduced to 54 holes in 1975
- "History of the South African Masters sponsored by Nashua". Sunshine Tour. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-12.[dead link]
- "Player wins". The Glasgow Herald. 28 Jan 1974.
- "O'Leary deposes Player". The Glasgow Herald. 2 Dec 1972.
- "Golf - Johannesburg". The Times. 4 December 1972. p. 12.
- "Player retains Masters' title". The Glasgow Herald. 24 Jan 1972.
- "Nashua Masters Information Sheet" (PDF). supersport.co.za. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
- Sunshine Tour - official site
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