Australian Open (golf)


Australian Open (golf)
Australian Open
Tournament information
Location Sydney, Australia (2011)
Established 1904
Course(s) The Lakes Golf Club (2011)
Par 72
Length 6,938 yards
Tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
OneAsia Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund A$1,500,000
Month played November
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Gary Player (1965)
To par -28 Gary Player (1965)
Current champion
Australia Greg Chalmers

The Australian Open is one of the principal annual golf tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia, and also the OneAsia Tour since its formation in 2009. The event was first played in 1904 and takes place toward the end of each year. It is run by Golf Australia and is one of the "national opens" which have a special status in the Official World Golf Rankings's points system, with a minimum level of points guaranteed for the winner regardless of the strength of the field. The winner of the tournament receives the Stonehaven Cup.

Although the prize money is fairly modest compared to tournaments on the PGA Tour and the European Tour, the Australian Open's position as the national open of one of the traditional golf powers means that its roll of honour for the years from the mid 1950s to the late 1980s includes many of the most distinguished international golfers of that era, including several Americans. However, in recent years[vague] fewer leading international players have entered, and the winners' list has come to be dominated by Australians again.

The vast majority of the tournament winners are Australians, though golfers from the United States and South Africa have also won. England's Lee Westwood is the only European golfer to have won the tournament.

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History

The 2009 Open was played at New South Wales Golf Club in New South Wales where Adam Scott lifted his first Stonehaven Cup, presented to him by Greg Norman. Stuart Appleby finished runner up. International players included Steve Marino, Bryce Molder, John Daly and Kevin Stadler.

The 2010 Australian Open was played at The Lakes Golf Club.

Winners

  • 1959 Kel Nagle - Australia
  • 1958 Gary Player - South Africa
  • 1957 Frank Phillips - Australia
  • 1956 Bruce Crampton - Australia
  • 1955 Bobby Locke - South Africa
  • 1954 Ossie Pickworth - Australia
  • 1953 Norman Von Nida - Australia
  • 1952 Norman Von Nida - Australia
  • 1951 Peter Thomson - Australia
  • 1950 Norman Von Nida - Australia
  • 1949 Eric Cremin - Australia
  • 1948 Ossie Pickworth - Australia
  • 1947 Ossie Pickworth - Australia
  • 1946 Ossie Pickworth - Australia
  • 1940-45 No tournament due to World War II
  • 1939 Jim Ferrier - Australia (amateur)
  • 1938 Jim Ferrier - Australia (amateur)
  • 1937 George Naismith - Australia
  • 1936 Gene Sarazen - United States
  • 1935 Fergus McMahon - Australia
  • 1934 Billy Bolger - Australia
  • 1933 Lou Kelly - Australia
  • 1932 Mick Ryan - Australia (amateur)
  • 1931 Ivo Whitton - Australia (amateur)
  • 1930 Frank Eyre - Australia
  • 1929 Ivo Whitton - Australia (amateur)
  • 1928 Fred Popplewell - Australia
  • 1927 Rufus Stewart - Australia
  • 1926 Ivo Whitton - Australia (amateur)
  • 1925 Fred Popplewell - Australia
  • 1924 A. Russell - Australia (amateur)
  • 1923 Tom Howard - Australia
  • 1922 Charlie Campbell - Australia
  • 1921 Arthur Le Fevre - Australia
  • 1920 Joe Kirkwood, Sr. - Australia
  • 1914-19 no tournament due to World War I
  • 1913 Ivo Whitton - Australia (amateur)
  • 1912 Ivo Whitton - Australia (amateur)
  • 1911 Carnegie Clark - Australia
  • 1910 Carnegie Clark - Australia
  • 1909 Claude Felstead - Australia (amateur)
  • 1908 Clyde Pearce - Australia (amateur)
  • 1907 Michael Scott - Australia (amateur)
  • 1906 Carnegie Clark - Australia
  • 1905 Dan Soutar - Australia
  • 1904 Michael Scott - Australia (amateur)

Multiple winners

As of the 2011 event, the following golfers have won the Australian Open more than once.

7 wins
  • Gary Player: 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974
6 wins
5 wins
4 wins
3 wins
  • Peter Thomson: 1951, 1967, 1972
  • Norman Von Nida: 1950, 1952, 1953
  • Carnegie Clark: 1906, 1910, 1911
2 wins

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