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The Australian PGA Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. It is the home tournament of the Australian PGA and dates back to 1905. Since 2000 it has been held in the South East Queensland region.

Australian PGA Championship
Australian-PGA-Championship-Logo.svg
LocationQueensland, Australia
Established1905
Course(s)RACV Royal Pines Resort
Par72
Length7,378 yards (6,746 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour (since 2015)
OneAsia Tour (2009–14)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundA$1,500,000
Month playedDecember
Australia Cameron Smith
RACV Royal Pines Resort is located in Australia
RACV Royal Pines Resort
RACV Royal Pines Resort
Location in Australia

The tournament was also part of the OneAsia Tour from 2009 to 2014. Since 2015 it has been co-sanctioned with the European Tour.

The winner receives the Joe Kirkwood Cup, given by Australian golfer Joe Kirkwood, Sr. and first presented to Rufus Stewart in 1929.[1][2]

The event was a match-play event until 1963, but in 1964 the tournament changed its format to 72-hole stroke-play. It has been played in that format to the current day, with the exception of 1973 when it reverted to match-play for a single season. Before World War II the Professional Championship was generally played as part of the Championship meeting, which also included the Open Championship and the Australian Amateur Championship, An exception was in 1926 when the Professional Championship was contested as part of the Sun-Herald Tournament.[3]

VenuesEdit

Venue Location First Last Times
Royal Melbourne Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1905 1983 14
Royal Sydney Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1906 1966 7
The Australian Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1908 1937 5
Oakleigh Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1909 1913 2
Glenelg Golf Club Adelaide, South Australia 1910 1910 1
Concord Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1921 1993 4
Royal Adelaide Golf Club Adelaide, South Australia 1923 1938 5
Metropolitan Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1930 1968 5
Manly Golf Club Sydney, New South Wales 1946 1946 1
Royal Hobart Golf Club Hobart, Tasmania 1948 1948 1
Royal Perth Golf Club Perth, Western Australia 1949 1949 1
The Lakes Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1950 1987 3
Roseville Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1952 1952 1
Indooroopilly Golf Club Brisbane, Queensland 1956 1956 1
Huntingdale Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1957 1957 1
Kooyonga Golf Club Adelaide, South Australia 1958 1958 1
New South Wales Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1959 1998 5
Royal Fremantle Golf Club Fremantle, Western Australia 1960 1960 1
Rossdale Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1961 1962 2
Oatlands Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1963 1963 1
Monash Country Club Sydney, NSW 1964 1984 2
Riversdale Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1965 1965 1
Royal Canberra Golf Club Canberra, ACT 1969 1969 1
Surfers Paradise Golf Club Gold Coast, Queensland 1970 1971 2
Bonnie Doon Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1973 1973 1
Liverpool Golf Club Sydney, NSW 1974 1974 1
Burleigh Heads Golf Club Gold Coast, Queensland 1975 1975 1
Rosebud Country Club Melbourne, Victoria 1976 1976 1
Yarra Yarra Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1977 1977 1
Castle Hill Country Club Sydney, NSW 1985 1986 2
Riverside Oaks Golf Resort Sydney, NSW 1988 1990 3
Victoria Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria 1999 1999 1
Royal Queensland Golf Club Brisbane, Queensland 2000 2001 2
Palmer Coolum Resort
(Hyatt Regency Coolum)
Sunshine Coast, Queensland 2002 2012 11
RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast, Queensland 2013 2018 6

WinnersEdit

PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour (2015–)
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
2018 Cameron Smith (2)   Australia Royal Pines 272 −16 2 strokes   Marc Leishman
2017 Cameron Smith   Australia Royal Pines 270 −18 Playoff   Jordan Zunic
2016 Harold Varner III   United States Royal Pines 269 −19 2 strokes   Andrew Dodt
2015 Nathan Holman   Australia Royal Pines 288 E Playoff   Dylan Frittelli
  Harold Varner III
PGA Tour of Australasia (1964–2014)
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
2014 Greg Chalmers (2)   Australia Royal Pines 277 −11 Playoff   Wade Ormsby
  Adam Scott
2013 Adam Scott   Australia Royal Pines 270 −14 4 strokes   Rickie Fowler
2012 Daniel Popovic   Australia Palmer Coolum 272 −16 4 strokes   Anthony Brown
  Rod Pampling
2011 Greg Chalmers   Australia Hyatt Coolum 276 −12 Playoff   Robert Allenby
  Marcus Fraser
2010 Peter Senior (3)   Australia Hyatt Coolum 276 −12 Playoff   Geoff Ogilvy
2009 Robert Allenby (4)   Australia Hyatt Coolum 270 −14 4 strokes   John Senden
  Scott Strange
2008 Geoff Ogilvy   Australia Hyatt Coolum 274 −14 2 strokes   Mathew Goggin
2007 Peter Lonard (3)   Australia Hyatt Coolum 268 −20 3 strokes   David Smail
2006 Nick O'Hern   Australia Hyatt Coolum 266 −22 Playoff   Peter Lonard
2005 Robert Allenby (3)   Australia Hyatt Coolum 270 −18 1 stroke   Mathew Goggin
2004 Peter Lonard (2)   Australia Hyatt Coolum 270 −18 2 strokes   James Nitties
2003 Peter Senior (2)   Australia Hyatt Coolum 271 −17 1 stroke   Rod Pampling
2002 Peter Lonard
Jarrod Moseley
  Australia
  Australia
Hyatt Coolum 271 −17 Playoff (Tie) Title shared
2001 Robert Allenby (2)   Australia Royal Queensland 273 −15 1 stroke   Geoff Ogilvy
2000 Robert Allenby   Australia Royal Queensland 275 −13 1 stroke   Steven Conran
1999 Greg Turner   New Zealand Victoria 278 −10 2 strokes   Shane Tait
1998 David Howell   England New South Wales 275 −13 7 strokes   Stephen Ames
  Terry Price
1997 Andrew Coltart (2)   Scotland New South Wales 285 −3 4 strokes   Stephen Allan
  Stuart Appleby
1996 Phil Tataurangi   New Zealand New South Wales 279 −9 1 stroke   Rodger Davis
  Peter Lonard
1995 No tournament
1994 Andrew Coltart   Scotland New South Wales 281 −7 2 strokes   Terry Price
1993 Ian Baker-Finch   Australia Concord 275 −9 Playoff   Peter Fowler
  Grant Waite
1992 Craig Parry   Australia Concord 269 −15 3 strokes   Peter McWhinney
1991 Wayne Grady (2)   Australia Concord 271 −13 3 strokes   Brett Ogle
1990 Brett Ogle   Australia Riverside Oaks 273 −11 5 strokes   Rodger Davis
  Wayne Grady
1989 Peter Senior   Australia Riverside Oaks 274 −14 1 stroke   Jim Benepe
1988 Wayne Grady   Australia Riverside Oaks 275 −13 Playoff   Greg Norman
1987 Roger Mackay   Australia The Lakes 284 −8 1 stroke   Mike Colandro
1986 Mike Harwood   Australia Castle Hill 275 −13 2 strokes   Greg Norman
1985 Greg Norman (2)   Australia Castle Hill 273 −15 8 strokes   Magnus Persson
1984 Greg Norman   Australia Monash 277 −11 8 strokes   Rodger Davis
1983 Bob Shearer   Australia Royal Melbourne 288 E 2 strokes   Ossie Moore
1982 Graham Marsh   Australia Royal Melbourne 282 −6 3 strokes   John Clifford
  Ben Crenshaw
  Bob Shearer
1981 Seve Ballesteros   Spain Royal Melbourne 282 −6 3 strokes   Bill Dunk
1980 Sam Torrance   Scotland Royal Melbourne 282 −6 2 strokes   Seve Ballesteros
1979 Stewart Ginn   Australia Royal Melbourne 284 E 3 strokes   Bob Charles
  Bob Shearer
1978 Hale Irwin   United States Royal Melbourne 278 −6 8 strokes   Graham Marsh
1977 Mike Cahill   Australia Yarra Yarra 278 −10 8 strokes   Mike Ferguson
1976 Bill Dunk (5)   Australia Rosebud 281 −7 Playoff   Peter Croker
1975 Vic Bennetts   Australia Burleigh Heads 287 +3 3 strokes   Brian Moran
  Kel Nagle
  Robert Taylor
1974 Bill Dunk (4)   Australia Liverpool 279 −9 Playoff   Ian Stanley
1973 Randall Vines (2)   Australia Bonnie Doon 2 & 1   Stewart Ginn
1972 Randall Vines   Australia The Lakes 290 −2 2 strokes   Bill Dunk
1971 Bill Dunk (3)   Australia Surfers Paradise 273 −7 3 strokes   Graham Marsh
  Bob Shaw
1970 Bruce Devlin (2)   Australia Surfers Paradise 275 −5 3 strokes   John Dyer
  Peter Harvey
  Tim Woolbank
1969 Bruce Devlin   Australia Royal Canberra 277 −11 3 strokes   Takashi Murakami
1968 Kel Nagle (6)   Australia Metropolitan 276 −20 6 strokes   Jack Nicklaus
1967 Peter Thomson   Australia Metropolitan 282 −14 1 stroke   Colin Johnston
  Frank Phillips
1966 Bill Dunk (2)   Australia Royal Sydney 279 −9 7 strokes   Peter Thomson
1965 Kel Nagle (5)   Australia Riversdale 276 −16 1 stroke   Frank Phillips
1964 Colin Johnston (2)   Australia Monash 275 −13 1 stroke   Bruce Devlin

In 2017 Smith won with a par at the second playoff hole. In 2015 Holman won with a par on the first playoff hole. In 2014 Chalmers won with a par at the seventh extra hole. Ormsby was eliminated by birdies on the third extra hole. In 2011 Chalmers won with a par at the first extra hole. In 2010 Senior won with a par at the second extra hole. In 2006 O'Hern won with a birdie at the fourth extra hole. In 2002 Lonard and Moseley agreed to be joint winners of the event. They had played one hole of a sudden-death playoff. Fading light meant that no further play was possible and they chose not to return the following day. In 1993 Baker-Finch won at the second extra hole. In 1988 Grady won with a par at the fourth extra hole. In 1976 Dunk beat Croker 71 to 75 in the 18-hole playoff. In 1974 Dunk beat Stanley 71 to 72 in the 18-hole playoff. In 1973 there was a stroke-play round with the leading 64 qualifying for six 18-hole rounds of match-play.

Match play era winnersEdit

Year Winner Country Venue Margin Runner-up Ref
1963 Colin Johnston   Australia Oatlands 3 & 2   Ron Howell [4]
1962 Bill Dunk   Australia Rossdale 8 & 7   Eric Cremin [5]
1961 Alan Murray   Australia Rossdale 2 & 1   Frank Phillips [6]
1960 John Sullivan   Australia Royal Fremantle 2 up   Norman Von Nida [7]
1959 Kel Nagle (4)   Australia New South Wales 5 & 3   Peter Thomson [8]
1958 Kel Nagle (3)   Australia Kooyonga 6 & 5   Eric Cremin [9]
1957 Gary Player   South Africa Huntingdale 2 up   Peter Thomson [10]
1956 Les Wilson   Australia St Michael's 4 & 2   Len Woodward [11]
1955 Ossie Pickworth (3)   Australia Indooroopilly 8 & 7   Frank Phillips [12]
1954 Kel Nagle (2)   Australia Royal Sydney 1 up   Jim McInnes [13]
1953 Ossie Pickworth (2)   Australia Royal Melbourne 1 up   Peter Thomson [14]
1952 Bill Holder   Australia Roseville 2 & 1   Eric Cremin [15]
1951 Norman Von Nida (4)   Australia Metropolitan 6 & 5   Ossie Pickworth [16]
1950 Norman Von Nida (3)   Australia The Lakes 6 & 5   Eric Cremin [17]
1949 Kel Nagle   Australia Royal Perth 7 & 5   Ted Naismith [18]
1948 Norman Von Nida (2)   Australia Royal Hobart 2 & 1   Eric Cremin [19]
1947 Ossie Pickworth   Australia Royal Melbourne 2 & 1   Eric Cremin [20]
1946 Norman Von Nida   Australia Manly 1 up   Eric Cremin [21]
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939 Ted Naismith   Australia Royal Melbourne 7 & 5   George Naismith [22]
1938 Eric Cremin (2)   Australia Royal Adelaide 2 & 1   Charlie Booth [23]
1937 Eric Cremin   Australia The Australian 4 & 2   Sam Richardson [24]
1936 Bill Clifford   Australia Metropolitan 4 & 2   Ron Harris [25]
1935 Sam Richardson (2)   Australia Royal Adelaide 2 & 1   Horace Boorer [26]
1934 Lou Kelly   Australia Royal Sydney 2 & 1   Billy Bolger [27]
1933 Sam Richardson   Australia Royal Melbourne 9 & 7   Arthur Spence [28]
1932 Fergus McMahon   Scotland Royal Adelaide 7 & 6   George Naismith [29]
1931 Don Spence   Australia The Australian 2 & 1   Billy Bolger [30]
1930 Jock Robertson   Australia Metropolitan 2 & 1   Rufus Stewart [31]
1929 Rufus Stewart   Scotland Royal Adelaide 8 & 7   Ernie Bissett [32]
1928 Harry Sinclair (2)   Australia Royal Sydney 1 up   Vic James [33]
1927 Harry Sinclair   Australia Royal Melbourne 4 & 3   Alf Toogood [34]
1926 Frank Eyre   Australia The Australian 6 & 5   Arthur Le Fevre [3]
1925 Tom Howard (2)   Australia The Australian 3 & 1   Fred Popplewell [35]
1924 Tom Howard   Australia Royal Melbourne 4 & 2   Arthur Le Fevre [36]
1923 Fred Popplewell   Australia Royal Adelaide 2 & 1   Rufus Stewart [37]
1922 Charlie Campbell (2)   Australia Royal Sydney 1 up   Tom Howard [38]
1921 Arthur Le Fevre   Australia Concord
1920 Unknown
1914–19: No tournament due to World War I
1913 Carnegie Clark (3)   Australia Oakleigh
1912 Unknown
1911 Charlie Campbell   Australia Royal Sydney 154   Carnegie Clark
  Reg Clark
  Dan Soutar
  Wille Thomson
[39]
1910 Dan Soutar (4)   Scotland Glenelg 150
1909 Carnegie Clark (2)   Australia Oakleigh
1908 Carnegie Clark   Australia The Australian 4 & 3   Victor East [40]
1907 Dan Soutar (3)   Scotland Royal Melbourne 4 & 3   Alex McLaren [41]
1906 Dan Soutar (2)   Scotland Royal Sydney 5 & 3   Fred Hood [42]
1905 Dan Soutar   Scotland Royal Melbourne 4 & 3   Gilbert Martin [43]

Source:[44][45][46]

James Scott won an unofficial tournament in 1897

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