New Zealand Open

The New Zealand Open is the premier men's golf tournament in New Zealand. It has been a regular fixture on the PGA Tour of Australasia tournament schedule since the 1970s. The 2019 event was the 100th edition of the tournament.[1] Since 2014 it has been held as a pro-am in February or March.

New Zealand Open
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Tournament information
LocationArrowtown, New Zealand
Established1907
Course(s)Millbrook Resort
Par71 (Millbrook)
72 (The Hills)
Length6,958 yards (6,362 m)
(Millbrook)
Tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
Asian Tour
Nationwide Tour
European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundNZ$1,450,000
Month playedMarch
Tournament record score
Aggregate258 Daniel Nisbet (2018)
To par−27 as above
Current champion
Australia Brad Kennedy
Location Map
Millbrook Resort is located in New Zealand
Millbrook Resort
Millbrook Resort
Location in New Zealand

Prize money for the 2020 event was NZ$1.4 million, with an additional NZ$50,000 for the pro-am; the tournament winner received NZ$252,000.[2] The reigning champion is Brad Kennedy who finished two ahead of Lucas Herbert in the 2020 event; the 2021 edition was cancelled due to risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

HistoryEdit

The New Zealand Amateur Championship had been played since 1893 and at the 1906 championship meeting in Christchurch it was decided to hold a 36-hole Open Championship at the championship meeting in 1907, "open to any professional or amateur in any part of the world" with prizes of £25 and £10 for the leading professionals.[4] The 1907 championship meeting was held at Napier Golf Club. The first round of the Open was played on the morning of 10 September, the amateurs also competing in a club team event. The professional David Hood and amateur J. Carne Bidwell led with rounds of 80.[5] A handicap event was held on the following day and the second round of the Open was played on the morning of 12 September. The amateur Arthur Duncan had a second round of 76 to win with a score of 159, seven ahead of J. Carne Bidwell. The Scottish professional, Jack McLaren, finished third on 167 with David Hood fourth on 168. McLaren and Hood took the cash prizes of £25 and £10.[6][7]

In 1908 the tournament was extended to 72 holes, and was won by Joe Clements, the first notable New Zealand-born professional golfer. There were no Opens from 1915 to 1918 due to World War I and the championship was again cancelled from 1940 to 1945 due to World War II.

In early 1923, G. Brodie Breeze, a golf club maker in Glasgow offered a trophy for the event, an offer that was accepted by the New Zealand Golf Association.[8] The trophy was first presented to the 1923 winner, Arthur Brooks, and is held "from year to year" by the winner of the Open.[9] The Jellicoe Cup was presented by Viscount Jellicoe, the second Governor-General of New Zealand, in 1924 and is awarded for the lowest round in the championship.[10] The Bledisloe Cup was presented by Lord Bledisloe, the fourth Governor-General, in 1934 and is awarded to the leading amateur.

The 1937 event was thought to be won by Alex Murray. However, shortly after the tournament ended it was discovered that Murray hit a putt while his playing partner was also putting. Though unintentional, this was a rule violation. Murray was therefore disqualified.[11] John Hornabrook, the reigning New Zealand Amateur champion, Andrew Shaw, the defending New Zealand Open champion, and Ernie Moss played off for title the following day.[12] Hornabrook won the 18-hole playoff.

In 1954 Bob Charles, who was later to become the only New Zealander to win a major championship in the 20th century, won as an 18-year-old amateur. He won again in 1966, 1971 and 1973, as a professional, and he and the two Australian major champions Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle dominated the event from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s. Thomson won the event nine times while Nagle won it seven times.

In 1966 Australian professionals were banned from playing in the tournament by the Australian PGA. The intention of the Australian PGA was to protect the North Coast Open tournament at Coffs Harbour, Australia and ensure that all of the best Australian players entered that event.[13] Despite the ban, Kel Nagle and Len Thomas played in the event.[14]

Other well known winners have included the American Corey Pavin in 1984 and 1985, and Michael Campbell in 2000. Campbell joined Charles as a major champion when he won the 2005 U.S. Open.

In 2002 Tiger Woods took part as a thank you to his New Zealand caddie Steve Williams, but he did not win. His participation caused some controversy when ticket prices were raised sharply that year.[15]

The New Zealand Open is a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament, and in 2005 was co-sanctioned for the first time by the European Tour, which led to a doubling of the prize fund to 1.5 million New Zealand Dollars. The European Tour had co-sanctioned PGA Tour of Australasia events before, but they had all been in Australia, making this the tour's first ever visit to New Zealand. In 2006 the event was moved to November, taking its place on the European Tour schedule for the following calendar year. The 2007 event was the last to be co-sanctioned by the European Tour, and with the tournament being rescheduled to March, there was also no New Zealand Open on the 2008 Australasian Tour. The 2009 and 2010 tournaments were also co-sanctioned by the Nationwide Tour, the official development tour of the PGA Tour. From 2011 to 2017 it was solely sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia while since 2018 it has been co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour. Since 2014 it has also been run in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour, an arrangement whereby a number of golfers from that tour compete in the event, although it is not an official event on the Japanese tour.

Since 2014 the Championship has been a pro-am event. A professional field of 156 play with an amateur partner for the first two rounds, alternately at The Hills and Millbrook Resort before the second round cut of 60 and ties. From 2014 to 2016 and in 2019 the final two rounds of the championship were played at The Hills. In 2017, 2018 and 2020 they were played at Millbrook Resort. The New Zealand Pro-Am Championship runs alongside the main tournament in a best-ball format. After a second round cut, the top 40 pro-am pairs progress to the third round, with a further cut to the top 10 pairs who play in the final round.

The 2021 New Zealand Open was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic with the dates for the 102nd edition confirmed as 31 March – 3 April 2022.[16]

In March 2021, it was confirmed that the New Zealand in 2022 will be played across two courses at Millbrook Resort after the addition of another nine holes adding to the existing 27 holes.

VenuesEdit

Venue Location First Last Times
Napier Golf Club Waiohiki, Napier 1907 1919 2
Otago Golf Club Maori Hill, Dunedin 1908 1971 7
Royal Auckland Golf Club Middlemore, Auckland 1909 2003 9
Christchurch Golf Club Shirley, Christchurch 1910 1982 11
Wanganui Golf Club Belmont links, Wanganui 1911 1978 8
Royal Wellington Golf Club Heretaunga, Wellington 1912 1995 7
Hamilton Golf Club St Andrews, Hamilton 1920 1975 6
Manawatu Golf Club Hokowhitu, Palmerston North 1922 1973 5
Miramar Golf Club Miramar, Wellington 1926 1939 2
Titirangi Golf Club Titirangi, Auckland 1933 1962 3
New Plymouth Golf Club Fitzroy, New Plymouth 1936 1980 4
Hastings Golf Club Maraekakaho, Hastings 1949 1949 1
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu 1959 2002 12
Invercargill Golf Club Otatara, Invercargill 1960 1960 1
The Grange Golf Club Papatoetoe, Auckland 1970 2004 5
St Clair Golf Club St Clair, Dunedin 1979 1979 1
Russley Golf Club Burnside, Christchurch 1985 1985 1
Remuera Golf Club Remuera, Auckland 1994 1994 1
Formosa Golf Club Beachlands, Auckland 1998 1998 1
Gulf Harbour Country Club Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa 2005 2006 2
The Hills Golf Club Arrowtown, near Queenstown 2007 2020 7 (+3)
Clearwater Golf Club Belfast, Christchurch 2011 2012 2
Millbrook Resort Arrowtown, near Queenstown 2014 2020 3 (+4)

Since 2014 the first two rounds have been played on two different courses, everyone playing one round on each course. After the cut, one of the courses is then used for the final two rounds. The number in brackets refers to the occasions where the course was just used for the first two rounds.

WinnersEdit

Year Tour(s)[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Venue(s) Ref.
New Zealand Open presented by Sky Sport
2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [3]
2020 ANZ, ASA   Brad Kennedy (2) 264 −21 2 strokes   Lucas Herbert Millbrook
The Hills
[17]
New Zealand Open
2019 ANZ, ASA   Zach Murray 266 −21 2 strokes   Josh Geary
  Ashley Hall
The Hills
Millbrook
[18]
ISPS Handa New Zealand Open
2018 ANZ, ASA   Daniel Nisbet 258 −27 2 strokes   Terry Pilkadaris Millbrook
The Hills
[19]
2017 ANZ   Michael Hendry 266 −19 Playoff[b]   Ben Campbell
  Brad Kennedy
Millbrook
The Hills
[20]
BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open
2016 ANZ   Matthew Griffin 267 −20 1 stroke   Hideto Tanihara The Hills
Millbrook
[21]
BMW New Zealand Open
2015 ANZ   Jordan Zunic 266 −21 1 stroke   David Bransdon The Hills
Millbrook
[22]
New Zealand Open
2014 ANZ   Dimitrios Papadatos 270 −18 4 strokes   Mark Brown The Hills
Millbrook
[23]
BMW New Zealand Open
2013: No tournament − Moved from November to February/March
2012 ANZ   Jake Higginbottom (a) 281 −7 1 stroke   Jason Norris
  Peter Wilson
Clearwater [24]
2011 ANZ   Brad Kennedy 281 −7 Playoff[c]   Craig Parry Clearwater [25]
Michael Hill New Zealand Open
2010 ANZ, NWT   Bobby Gates 274 −14 1 stroke   Andrew Dodt The Hills [26]
2009 ANZ, NWT   Alex Prugh 269 −19 3 strokes   Martin Piller The Hills [27]
2008: No tournament − Moved from November/December to March
2007 ANZ, EUR   Richard Finch 274 −14 3 strokes   Steven Bowditch
  Paul Sheehan
The Hills [28]
Blue Chip New Zealand Open
2006 ANZ, EUR   Nathan Green 279 −5 2 strokes   Michael Campbell
  Nick Dougherty
  Marcus Fraser
  Jarrod Moseley
  Wade Ormsby
  Brett Rumford
Gulf Harbour [29]
Holden New Zealand Open
2005 ANZ, EUR   Niclas Fasth 266 −22 Playoff[d]   Miles Tunnicliff Gulf Harbour [30]
2004 ANZ   Terry Price 271 −9 1 stroke   Brad Heaven (a) The Grange [31]
2003 ANZ   Mahal Pearce 278 −10 2 strokes   Brett Rumford Auckland [32]
TelstraSaturn Hyundai New Zealand Open
2002 ANZ   Craig Parry 273 −11 1 stroke   Steven Alker
  Michael Campbell
  Stephen Leaney
Paraparaumu Beach [33]
New Zealand Open
2001 ANZ   David Smail 273 −7 2 strokes   Steven Alker
  Michael Campbell
  Roger Chapman
  Nathan Gatehouse
The Grange [34]
Crown Lager New Zealand Open
2000 ANZ   Michael Campbell 269 −15 Playoff[e]   Craig Perks Paraparaumu Beach
New Zealand Open
1999: No tournament − Moved from December to January
1998 ANZ   Matthew Lane 279 −9 3 strokes   Rod Pampling Formosa
AMP Air New Zealand Open
1997 ANZ   Greg Turner (2) 278 −10 7 strokes   Andrew Coltart
  Jean-Louis Guépy
  Lucas Parsons
Auckland
1996 ANZ   Michael Long 275 −9 4 strokes   Peter O'Malley Paraparaumu Beach
1995
(Dec)
ANZ   Peter O'Malley 272 −8 3 strokes   Scott Hoch The Grange [35]
1995
(Jan)
ANZ   Lucas Parsons 282 −6 1 stroke   Mike Clayton Wellington [36]
AMP New Zealand Open
1994 ANZ   Craig Jones 277 −7 1 stroke   Frank Nobilo Remuera [37]
1993 ANZ   Peter Fowler 274 −10 2 strokes   Elliot Boult Paraparaumu Beach [38]
1992 ANZ   Grant Waite 268 −16 2 strokes   Peter Fowler
  Grant Kenny
Paraparaumu Beach [39]
1991 ANZ   Rodger Davis (2) 273 −11 2 strokes   Frank Nobilo Paraparaumu Beach [40]
1990: No tournament − Moved from November to March
1989 ANZ   Greg Turner 277 −7 6 strokes   Richard Gilkey Paraparaumu Beach [41]
Nissan-Mobil New Zealand Open
1988 ANZ   Ian Stanley 273 −11 3 strokes   Mike Clayton Paraparaumu Beach [42]
1987 ANZ   Ronan Rafferty 279 −9 Playoff[f]   Larry Nelson Wellington [43]
1986 ANZ   Rodger Davis 262 −18 8 strokes   Bob Shearer The Grange [44]
New Zealand Open
1985 ANZ   Corey Pavin (2) 277 −15 4 strokes   Jeff Senior Russley [45]
1984 ANZ   Corey Pavin 269 −19 4 strokes   Terry Gale Paraparaumu Beach [46]
1983 ANZ   Ian Baker-Finch 280 E 3 strokes   Stuart Reese Auckland [47]
New Zealand BP Open
1982 ANZ   Terry Gale 284 −4 2 strokes   Bob Charles Christchurch [48]
1981 ANZ   Bob Shearer (2) 285 −3 3 strokes   Terry Gale Wellington [49]
New Zealand Open
1980 ANZ   Buddy Allin 274 −14 1 stroke   Eamonn Darcy New Plymouth [50]
1979 ANZ   Stewart Ginn 278 −6 3 strokes   Simon Owen St Clair [51]
1978 ANZ   Bob Shearer 277 −3 1 stroke   Brian Barnes Wanganui [52]
1977 ANZ   Bob Byman 290 +6 1 stroke   Terry Gale Auckland [53]
1976 ANZ   Simon Owen 284 −8 7 strokes   Doug McClelland Wellington [54]
1975 ANZ   Bill Dunk (2) 272 −16 4 strokes   Bill Brask
  Bruce Fleisher
Hamilton [55]
1974 ANZ   Bob Gilder 283 −5 Playoff[g]   Bob Charles
  Jack Newton
Christchurch [56][57]
1973 ANZ   Bob Charles (4) 283 −5 4 strokes   Ian Stanley Manawatu [58]
1972   Bill Dunk 279 −5 1 stroke   Maurice Bembridge Paraparaumu Beach [59]
1971   Peter Thomson (9) 276 −8 2 strokes   Maurice Bembridge Otago [60]
1970   Bob Charles (3) 271 −13 1 stroke   Graham Marsh The Grange [61]
1969   Kel Nagle (7) 273 −7 2 strokes   John Lister Wanganui [62]
1968   Kel Nagle (6) 272 −8 7 strokes   Frank Phillips Christchurch [63]
1967   Kel Nagle (5) 275 −9 4 strokes   Ted Ball Hamilton [64]
1966   Bob Charles (2) 273 −19 13 strokes   Guy Wolstenholme Paraparaumu Beach [14]
1965   Peter Thomson (8) 278 −2 8 strokes   Bob Charles
  Kel Nagle
Auckland [65]
1964   Kel Nagle (4) 266 −26 12 strokes   Frank Phillips Christchurch [66]
1963   Bruce Devlin 273 −11 1 stroke   Peter Thomson Wanganui [67]
1962   Kel Nagle (3) 281 2 strokes   Walter Godfrey (a) Titirangi [68]
1961   Peter Thomson (7) 267 9 strokes   Kel Nagle New Plymouth [69]
1960   Peter Thomson (6) 281 −3 1 stroke   Kel Nagle Invercargill [70]
1959   Peter Thomson (5) 287 −5 Playoff[h]   Kel Nagle Paraparaumu Beach [71][72]
1958   Kel Nagle (2) 278 2 strokes   Peter Thomson Hamilton [73]
1957   Kel Nagle 294 4 strokes   Peter Thomson Manawatu [74]
1956   Harry Berwick (a) 292 2 strokes   Bob Charles (a) Christchurch [75]
1955   Peter Thomson (4) 280 −8 10 strokes   Kel Nagle Auckland [76]
1954   Bob Charles (a) 280 2 strokes   Bruce Crampton Wellington [77][78][79]
1953   Peter Thomson (3) 295 +7 5 strokes   Frank Buckler Otago [80]
1952   Alex Murray (3) 293 1 stroke   Harry Berwick (a) Wanganui [81]
1951   Peter Thomson (2) 288 4 strokes   Frank Buckler
  Tim Woon (a)
Titirangi [82]
1950   Peter Thomson 280 9 strokes   Alf Guy Christchurch [83][84]
1949   Jim Galloway 283 1 stroke   Bob Glading
  L B Johnston (a)
Hastings [85]
1948   Alex Murray (2) 294 1 stroke   Bryan Silk (a) Otago [86][87]
1947   Bob Glading (a) (2) 291 3 strokes   Alex Murray New Plymouth [88]
1946   Bob Glading (a) 306 Playoff[i]   Norman Fuller Manawatu [89][90]
1940–1945: No tournament due to World War II
1939   John Hornabrook (a) (2) 291 3 strokes   Alex Murray Miramar [91][92]
1938   Bobby Locke 288 3 strokes   Andrew Shaw
  Basil Smith, Jr.
Otago [93][94][95]
1937   John Hornabrook (a) 299 Playoff[j]   Ernie Moss
  Andrew Shaw
Hamilton [96]
1936   Andrew Shaw (7) 292 5 strokes   Tom Galloway
  Alf Guy
New Plymouth [97][98]
1935   Alex Murray 286 2 strokes   Andrew Shaw Christchurch [99][100]
1934   Andrew Shaw (6) 288 5 strokes   Norrie Bell Wanganui [101][102]
1933   Ernie Moss (3) 300 Playoff[k]   Ted Douglas Titirangi [103][104][105]
1932   Andrew Shaw (5) 289 5 strokes   Arthur Duncan (a) Wellington [106]
1931   Andrew Shaw (4) 287 1 stroke   Ewen Macfarlane (a) Christchurch [107]
1930   Andrew Shaw (3) 284 18 strokes   D C Collins (a)
  Jock McIntosh
  Fred Rutter
Manawatu [108][109]
1929   Andrew Shaw (2) 299 3 strokes   Bill Horton (a) Wanganui [110][111]
1928   Sloan Morpeth (a) 303 2 strokes   Andrew Shaw Otago [112][113]
1927   Ernie Moss (2) 300 4 strokes   Norrie Bell (a)
  Andrew Shaw
Hamilton [114][115]
1926   Andrew Shaw 307 Playoff[l]   Ernie Moss Miramar [116][117]
1925   Ewen Macfarlane (a) 308 2 strokes   Jock McIntosh
  Andrew Shaw
Christchurch [118][119]
1924   Ernie Moss 301 10 strokes   Arthur Duncan (a) Auckland [120]
1923   Arthur Brooks (2) 312 2 strokes   Jack Black (a)
  Joe Clements
  Arthur Duncan (a)
  Fred Hood
Wanganui [121][122]
1922   Arthur Brooks 308 1 stroke   Jack Black (a) Manawatu [123]
1921   Ted Douglas (4) 302 9 strokes   Ernie Moss Christchurch [124]
1920   Joe Kirkwood Sr. 304 11 strokes   Arthur East
  Sloan Morpeth (a)
Hamilton [125]
1919   Ted Douglas (3) 327 Playoff[m]   Sloan Morpeth (a) Napier [126][127]
1915–1918: No tournament due to World War I
1914   Ted Douglas (2) 313 2 strokes   Arthur Duncan (a) Auckland [128]
1913   Ted Douglas 303 9 strokes   Reg Butters Otago [129]
1912   Joe Clements (3) 322 3 strokes   Bernard Wood (a) Wellington [130]
1911   Arthur Duncan (a) (3) 319 3 strokes   J C Johnson Wanganui [131]
1910   Arthur Duncan (a) (2) 295 11 strokes   Joe Clements Christchurch [132]
1909   Joe Clements (2) 324 6 strokes   John Carne Bidwill (a) Auckland [133]
1908   Joe Clements 335 1 stroke   David Hood Otago [134]
1907   Arthur Duncan (a) 159 7 strokes   John Carne Bidwill (a) Napier [6][7]
(a) denotes amateur
  1. ^ ANZ – PGA Tour of Australasia; ASA – Asian Tour; EUR – European Tour; NWT – Nationwide Tour
  2. ^ Hendry won with a par at the first hole of a sudden death playoff.
  3. ^ Kennedy won with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.
  4. ^ Fasth won with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  5. ^ Campbell won with an eagle on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  6. ^ Rafferty won with a par on the seventh hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  7. ^ Gilder won with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff. Newton had been eliminated by at the second extra hole when he failed to make par.
  8. ^ Thomson beat Nagle 67 to 73 in an 18-hole playoff.
  9. ^ Glading beat Moss 73 to 75 in an 18-hole playoff.
  10. ^ Hornabrook scored 73 in the 18-hole playoff, beating Moss (75) and Shaw (76).
  11. ^ Moss beat Douglas 146 to 155 in a 36-hole playoff.
  12. ^ Shaw beat Moss 76 to 80 in an 18-hole playoff.
  13. ^ Douglas beat Morpeth 82 to 85 in an 18-hole playoff.

Sources:[135][136][137]

Bledisloe Cup winnersEdit

The Bledisloe Cup was presented by Lord Bledisloe, the fourth Governor-General, in 1934 and is awarded to the leading amateur.[138][139]

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