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The Australian Open, owned and run by Golf Australia, is the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The Open was first played in 1904 and takes place toward the end of each year.

Emirates Australian Open
Emirates Australian Open.jpg
LocationSydney (2018)
Established1904
Course(s)The Lakes (2018)
Par72
Length6,938 yards (6,344 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
OneAsia Tour (2009–16)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundA$1,250,000
Month playedNovember
Aggregate264 Gary Player (1965)
To par–28 Gary Player (1965)
Mexico Abraham Ancer
The Lakes GC is located in Australia
The Lakes GC
The Lakes GC
Location in Australia
The Lakes GC is located in New South Wales
The Lakes GC
The Lakes GC
Location in New South Wales

The winner of the tournament receives the Stonehaven Cup, presented by Lord Stonehaven, the Governor-General of Australia from 1925 to 1930. It was first presented in 1930.[1]

StatusEdit

The prize money is considered modest when compared to tournaments on the PGA Tour and the European Tour, however the Australian Open's position is one of the traditional golf powers. Winners between the mid-1950s to the late 1980s included many of the most distinguished international golfers, such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.

The Australian Open is the "flagship tournament" of the PGA Tour of Australasia, having a special status in the Official World Golf Ranking's points system. This status awards a minimum 32 points to the winner regardless of the strength of the field. The tournament was part of the OneAsia Tour from 2009 to 2016.

Since the Open Qualifying Series was introduced for the 2014 Open Championship, the Australian Open has been the first of a number of qualifying tournaments, giving up to three non-exempt players entry into the Open Championship.

HistoryEdit

The Australian Golf Union was formed in 1898 and from 1899 organised a championship meeting. From 1899 to 1902 this included the Australian Amateur championship contested over 72 holes of stroke play. In 1903 the format we revised, there being a 36-hole stroke-play stage after which the leading 8 played match-play with a 36-hole final. In 1904 the format was revised again, a 72-hole stroke-play open event with the leading 16 amateurs then competing for the amateur championship. The Open championship was won by an English amateur, Michael Scott, with a score of 315. Two more amateurs Leslie Penfold Hyland and Dan Soutar finished second and third, while Carnegie Clark was the leading professional, tied for fourth place.[2]

In recent years American Jordan Spieth has dominated the event winning twice (2014, 2016) and finishing runner-up once (2015). England's Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy are the only European golfers to have won the tournament.

VenuesEdit

WinnersEdit

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Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up First
prize (A$)
Emirates Australian Open
2018 Abraham Ancer   Mexico The Lakes 272 (−16) 5 strokes   Dimitrios Papadatos 225,000
2017 Cameron Davis   Australia The Australian 273 (−11) 1 stroke   Jonas Blixt
  Matt Jones
225,000
2016 Jordan Spieth (2)   United States Royal Sydney 276 (−12) Playoff   Ashley Hall
  Cameron Smith
225,000
2015 Matt Jones   Australia The Australian 276 (−8) 1 stroke   Adam Scott
  Jordan Spieth
225,000
2014 Jordan Spieth   United States The Australian 271 (−13) 6 strokes   Rod Pampling 225,000
2013 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland Royal Sydney 270 (−18) 1 stroke   Adam Scott 225,000
2012 Peter Senior (2)   Australia The Lakes 284 (−4) 1 stroke   Brendan Jones 225,000
2011 Greg Chalmers (2)   Australia The Lakes 275 (−13) 1 stroke   John Senden 270,000
Australian Open presented by Century 21
2010 Geoff Ogilvy   Australia The Lakes 269 (−19) 4 strokes   Matt Jones
  Alistair Presnell
270,000
Australian Open
2009 Adam Scott   Australia New South Wales 273 (−15) 5 strokes   Stuart Appleby 270,000
2008 Tim Clark   South Africa Royal Sydney 279 (−9) Playoff   Mathew Goggin 270,000
MFS Australian Open
2007 Craig Parry   Australia The Australian 277 (−11) 1 stroke   Won Joon Lee
  Nick O'Hern
  Brandt Snedeker
315,000
2006 John Senden   Australia Royal Sydney 280 (−8) 1 stroke   Geoff Ogilvy 270,000
2005 Robert Allenby (2)   Australia Moonah Links 284 (−4) 1 stroke   Nick O'Hern
  John Senden
  Paul Sheehan
216,000
Hillross Australian Open
2004 Peter Lonard (2)   Australia The Australian 281 (−3) 1 stroke   Stuart Appleby 270,000
Australian Open presented by Hillross Financial
2003 Peter Lonard   Australia Moonah Links 279 (−9) 1 stroke   Chris Downes
  Stephen Leaney
270,000
Holden Australian Open
2002 Stephen Allan   Australia Victoria 198 (−12) 1 stroke   Aaron Baddeley
  Rich Beem
  Craig Parry
270,000
2001 Stuart Appleby   Australia The Grand 271 (−13) 3 strokes   Scott Laycock 270,000
2000 Aaron Baddeley (2)   Australia Kingston Heath 278 (−10) 2 strokes   Robert Allenby 250,000
1999 Aaron Baddeley (a)   Australia Royal Sydney 274 (−14) 2 strokes   Greg Norman
  Nick O'Hern
(180,000)
1998 Greg Chalmers   Australia Royal Adelaide 288 (E) 1 stroke   Stuart Appleby
  Peter Senior
1997 Lee Westwood   England Metropolitan 274 (−14) Playoff   Greg Norman
1996 Greg Norman (5)   Australia The Australian 280 (−8) 8 strokes   Wayne Grady
Heineken Australian Open
1995 Greg Norman (4)   Australia Kingston Heath 278 (−10) 2 strokes   Peter McWhinney 153,000
1994 Robert Allenby   Australia Royal Sydney 280 (−8) 1 stroke   Brett Ogle
1993 Brad Faxon   United States Metropolitan 275 (−13) 2 strokes   Michael Clayton
  Jeff Woodland
153,000
Australian Open
1992 Steve Elkington   Australia The Lakes 280 (−8) 2 strokes   Peter McWhinney
  Duffy Waldorf
144,000
1991 Wayne Riley   Australia Royal Melbourne 285 (−3) 1 stroke   Robert Allenby (a) 126,000
1990 John Morse   United States The Australian 283 (−5) Playoff   Craig Parry 108,000
1989 Peter Senior   Australia Kingston Heath 271 (−17) 7 strokes   Peter Fowler 90,000
National Panasonic Australian Open
1988 Mark Calcavecchia   United States Royal Sydney 269 (−19) 6 strokes   Mark McCumber 63,000
1987 Greg Norman (3)   Australia Royal Melbourne 273 (−15) 10 strokes   Sandy Lyle 54,000
1986 Rodger Davis   Australia Metropolitan 278 (−10) 1 stroke   Ian Baker-Finch
  Graham Marsh
  Bob Shearer
49,500
1985 Greg Norman (2)   Australia Royal Melbourne 212 (−4) 2 strokes   Ossie Moore 45,000
1984 Tom Watson   United States Royal Melbourne 281 (−7) 1 stroke   Bob Stanton 36,000
Australian Open
1983 Peter Fowler   Australia Kingston Heath 285 (−3) 3 strokes   Ian Baker-Finch 27,000
1982 Bob Shearer   Australia The Australian 287 (−1) 4 strokes   Jack Nicklaus
  Payne Stewart
40,500
1981 Bill Rogers   United States Victoria 282 (−6) 1 stroke   Greg Norman 27,000
Dunhill Australian Open
1980 Greg Norman   Australia The Lakes 284 (−4) 1 stroke   Brian Jones 35,000
1979 Jack Newton   Australia Metropolitan 288 (E) 1 stroke   Graham Marsh
  Greg Norman
30,000
Australian Open
1978 Jack Nicklaus (6)   United States The Australian 284 (−4) 6 strokes   Ben Crenshaw 44,000
1977 David Graham   Australia The Australian 284 (−4) 3 strokes   Don January
  Bruce Lietzke
  John Lister
36,000
1976 Jack Nicklaus (5)   United States The Australian 286 (−2) 4 strokes   Curtis Strange 32,000
1975 Jack Nicklaus (4)   United States The Australian 279 (−9) 3 strokes   Bill Brask 8,820
Qantas Australian Open
1974 Gary Player (7)   South Africa Lake Karrinyup 277 (−11) 3 strokes   Norman Wood
1973 J. C. Snead   United States Royal Queensland 280 (−8) 2 strokes   Jerry Breaux 4,000
1972 Peter Thomson (3)   Australia Kooyonga 281 (−7) Playoff   David Graham
1971 Jack Nicklaus (3)   United States Royal Hobart 269 (−19) 8 strokes   Bruce Crampton
Australian Open
1970 Gary Player (6)   South Africa Kingston Heath 280 (−8) 3 strokes   Bruce Devlin 3,000
1969 Gary Player (5)   South Africa Royal Sydney 288 (E) 1 stroke   Guy Wolstenholme 2,500
1968 Jack Nicklaus (2)   United States Lake Karrinyup 270 (−18) 1 stroke   Gary Player
1967 Peter Thomson (2)   Australia Commonwealth 281 (−11) 7 strokes   Colin Johnston
1966 Arnold Palmer   United States Royal Queensland 276 (−22) 5 strokes   Kel Nagle 1,600
Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1965 Gary Player (4)   South Africa Kooyonga 264 (−28) 6 strokes   Frank Phillips
  Jack Nicklaus
1964 Jack Nicklaus   United States The Lakes 287 (−1) Playoff   Bruce Devlin
1963 Gary Player (3)   South Africa Royal Melbourne 278 (−18) 7 strokes   Bruce Devlin
1962 Gary Player (2)   South Africa Royal Adelaide 281 2 strokes   Kel Nagle
1961 Frank Phillips (2)   Australia Victoria 275 2 strokes   Kel Nagle
1960 Bruce Devlin (a)   Australia Lake Karrinyup 282 1 stroke   Ted Ball (a)
1959 Kel Nagle   Australia The Australian 284 5 strokes   Vic Bulgin (a)
  John Sullivan
1958 Gary Player   South Africa Kooyonga 271 5 strokes   Kel Nagle
1957 Frank Phillips   Australia Kingston Heath 287 1 stroke   Ossie Pickworth
  Gary Player
1956 Bruce Crampton   Australia Royal Sydney 289 2 strokes   Kel Nagle
1955 Bobby Locke   South Africa Gailes 290 1 stroke   Kel Nagle
  Norman Von Nida
1954 Ossie Pickworth (4)   Australia Kooyonga 280 8 strokes   Norman Von Nida
1953 Norman Von Nida (3)   Australia Royal Melbourne 278 2 strokes   Peter Thomson
1952 Norman Von Nida (2)   Australia Lake Karrinyup 278 5 strokes   Ossie Pickworth
1951 Peter Thomson   Australia Metropolitan 283 4 strokes   Norman Von Nida
1950 Norman Von Nida   Australia Kooyonga 286 1 stroke   Peter Thomson
1949 Eric Cremin   Australia The Australian 287 7 strokes   Norman Von Nida
1948 Ossie Pickworth (3)   Australia Kingston Heath 289 Playoff   Jim Ferrier
1947 Ossie Pickworth (2)   Australia Royal Queensland 285 5 strokes   Billy McWilliam
1946 Ossie Pickworth   Australia Royal Sydney 289 2 strokes   Alan Waterson (a)
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939 Jim Ferrier (a) (2)   Australia Royal Melbourne 285 2 strokes   Norman Von Nida
  Martin Smith
1938 Jim Ferrier (a)   Australia Royal Adelaide 283 14 strokes   Norman Von Nida
1937 George Naismith   Australia The Australian 299 1 stroke   Doug Davies (a)
  Tom McKay (a)
  Ossie Walker
1936 Gene Sarazen   United States Metropolitan 282 4 strokes   Harry Williams
1935 Fergus McMahon   Australia Royal Adelaide 293 1 stroke   Jim Ferrier (a)
1934 Billy Bolger   Australia Royal Sydney 283 3 strokes   Gene Sarazen
1933 Lou Kelly   Australia Royal Melbourne 302 3 strokes   Jim Ferrier (a)
  Gus Jackson (a)
  Reg Jupp
1932 Mick Ryan (a)   Australia Royal Adelaide 296 1 stroke   Fergus McMahon
1931 Ivo Whitton (a) (5)   Australia The Australian 301 1 stroke   Jim Ferrier (a)
1930 Frank Eyre   Australia Metropolitan 306 7 strokes   George Fawcett (a)
  Rufus Stewart
1929 Ivo Whitton (a) (4)   Australia Royal Adelaide 309 5 strokes   Frank Eyre
  Rufus Stewart
1928 Fred Popplewell (2)   Australia Royal Sydney 295 1 stroke   Rufus Stewart
1927 Rufus Stewart   Australia Royal Melbourne 297 2 strokes   Harry Sinclair
1926 Ivo Whitton (a) (3)   Australia Royal Adelaide 297 3 strokes   Rufus Stewart
1925 Fred Popplewell   Australia The Australian 299 2 strokes   Tom Howard
1924 Alex Russell (a)   Australia Royal Melbourne 303 2 strokes   Carnegie Clark
1923 Tom Howard   Australia Royal Adelaide 301 3 strokes   Arthur Ham
1922 Charlie Campbell   Australia Royal Sydney 307 3 strokes   Arthur Le Fevre
1921 Arthur Le Fevre   Australia Royal Melbourne 295 10 strokes   Tom Rutledge (a)
1920 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.   Australia The Australian 290 5 strokes   Dan Soutar
1914–19: No tournament due to World War I
1913 Ivo Whitton (a) (2)   Australia Royal Melbourne 302 3 strokes   Audley Lemprière (a)
1912 Ivo Whitton (a)   Australia Royal Melbourne 321 5 strokes   Dan Soutar
  Fred Popplewell
1911 Carnegie Clark (3)   Australia Royal Sydney 321 1 stroke   Fred Popplewell
1910 Carnegie Clark (2)   Australia Royal Adelaide 306 11 strokes   Dan Soutar
1909 Claude Felstead (a)   Australia Royal Melbourne 316 2 strokes   Dan Soutar
1908 Clyde Pearce (a)   Australia The Australian 311 3 strokes   Dan Soutar
1907 Michael Scott (a) (2)   England Royal Melbourne 318 8 strokes   Dan Soutar
1906 Carnegie Clark   Australia Royal Sydney 322 5 strokes   Dan Soutar
1905 Dan Soutar   Scotland Royal Melbourne 337 10 strokes   Michael Scott (a)
1904 Michael Scott (a)   England The Australian 315 8 strokes   Leslie Penfold Hyland (a)

(a) denotes amateur
The 1985 and 2002 events were reduced to 54 holes
In 2016 Spieth won the playoff with a birdie at the first extra hole. In 2008 Clark won the playoff with a par at the first extra hole. In 1997 Westwood won the playoff with a par at the fourth extra hole. In 1990 Morse won the playoff with a par at the first extra hole. In 1972 Thomson won the 18-hole playoff 68 to 74. In 1964 Nicklaus won the 18-hole playoff 67 to 70. In 1948 Pickworth won the 18-hole playoff 71 to 74.

Multiple winnersEdit

As of the 2016 event, the following golfers have won the Australian Open more than once.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Stonehaven Cup" (PDF). Golf Australia. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Golf - Interstate Open Championship". The Argus (Melbourne) (18, 141). Victoria, Australia. 5 September 1904. p. 7. Retrieved 13 November 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ http://www.golf.org.au/past-results
  4. ^ http://www.pga.org.au/tourns/pga-tour/event/past-champions?id=1076
  5. ^ https://www.where2golf.com/golf-tournament/australian-open.asp
  6. ^ http://users.tpg.com.au/users/robmoski/Australian%20Open.html

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