Zimbabwe Open

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Zimbabwe Open
Tournament information
Location Harare, Zimbabwe
Established 1984
Course(s) Royal Harare GC
Tour(s) Sunshine Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund R 1,800,000
Month played April
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Nick Price (1995)
To par −22 Nick Price (1995)
Current champion
South Africa J. C. Ritchie

The Zimbabwe Open is a golf tournament on the Sunshine Tour. It was first played in 1984 and was part of what was known as the Safari Tour, a collection of events in Africa that were played by professionals based on the European Tour during their winter. As a result, it became an event on the European-based Challenge Tour in 1991, where it remained for two seasons before moving onto the FNB Summer Tour, which became the Southern Africa Tour and later the Sunshine Tour.

When it was held in the weeks preceding the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the tournament attracted some of the world's leading players, as they used it as a warm up to the big money invitational. Past winners include major winners Vijay Singh and Nick Price, who along with Mark McNulty is the most successful player at the event, both men having recorded three victories. Ryder Cup player Gordon J Brand is also a past winner.

Due to economic instability in Zimbabwe the tournament lost sponsors and was cancelled prior to the 2002 event. There were many attempts to resurrect the tournament, but none were successful until 2010.[1][2][3]

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winner Score
Zimbabwe Open
2017 Royal Harare Golf Club South Africa J. C. Ritchie 272 (−16)PO
Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open
2016 Royal Harare Golf Club South Africa Lyle Rowe 277 (−11)
2015 Royal Harare Golf Club South Africa Dean Burmester 272 (−16)
2014 Royal Harare Golf Club South Africa Jbe' Kruger 270 (−18)
2013 Royal Harare Golf Club South Africa Jake Roos 274 (−14)
2012 Royal Harare Golf Club South Africa Chris Swanepoel 273 (−15)PO
Africom Zimbabwe Open
2011 Royal Harare Golf Club South Africa Theunis Spangenberg 201 (−15)^
2010 Royal Harare Golf Club South Africa Jbe' Kruger 269 (−19)
CABS Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open
2002–09 No tournament
2001 Chapman Golf Club South Africa Darren Fichardt 275 (−13)
2000 Royal Harare Golf Club Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 269 (−19)
Zimbabwe Open
1999 Chapman Golf Club South Africa Jean Hugo 271 (−17)
1998 Royal Harare Golf Club Zimbabwe Nick Price 271 (−17)
1997 Chapman Golf Club Zimbabwe Nick Price 269 (−19)
1996 Chapman Golf Club Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 270 (−18)
1995 Royal Harare Golf Club Zimbabwe Nick Price 266 (−22)
1994 Royal Harare Golf Club England Chris Williams 272 (−16)PO
1993 Chapman Golf Club Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone 273 (−15)
1992 Royal Harare Golf Club Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 272 (−16)
1991 Chapman Golf Club England Keith Waters 282 (−6)PO
1990 Chapman Golf Club England Grant Turner 281 (−7)
1989 Chapman Golf Club Fiji Vijay Singh 282 (−6)
1988 Chapman Golf Club England Roger Chapman 275 (−6)*
1987 Royal Harare Golf Club England Gordon J. Brand 277 (−11)PO
1986 Royal Harare Golf Club England Stephen Bennett 277 (−11)
1985 Chapman Golf Club England Malcolm MacKenzie 281 (−7)
1984 Royal Harare Golf Club Zimbabwe Anderson Rusike (am)

^ – Weather shortened to 54 holes.
* – Two holes were unplayable on day one.
POWon after a playoff.
am – Amateur.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zimbabwe Open to bounce back". Zimbabwe Independent. 30 July 2004. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Zim Open hits a bunker". Zimbabwe Standard. 13 June 2005. Retrieved 2008-12-04. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe Open to bounce back". Zimbabwe Herald. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 

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