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The New Zealand PGA Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. It is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the SEC NZ PGA Championship. It has been played since 1920, with some gap periods. It was originally a match play event and switched to stroke play in 1965. Major championship winners who have claimed the New Zealand PGA title include Sir Bob Charles, Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, and Tony Jacklin. The event is also notable for producing Jumbo Ozaki's lone international win which occurred in 1972.

New Zealand PGA Championship
LocationPegasus, New Zealand
Course(s)Pegasus Golf and Sports Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia (since 1965)
Nationwide Tour (2002–09)
FormatStroke play (since 1965)
Match play (1920–64)
Prize fundNZ$150,000
Month playedMarch
New Zealand Kazuma Kobori (a)
Pegasus G&SC is located in New Zealand
Pegasus G&SC
Pegasus G&SC
Location in New Zealand

Sponsorship problems caused the tournament to be terminated after the 1987 event. In 2002, a PGA Tour of Australasia and U.S.-based Nationwide Tour co-sanctioned event, called the Holden Clearwater Classic was started at the Clearwater Resort in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was played again in 2003 and in 2004 the event resumed the name New Zealand PGA Championship.[1][2] Co-sanctioning with the Nationwide Tour ended after 2009.

The 2018 purse was NZ$125,000.



Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
SEC NZ PGA Championship
2019 Kazuma Kobori (a)   New Zealand Pegasus 267 −21 4 strokes   David Smail
Horizon Golf New Zealand PGA Championship
2018 Ben Campbell   New Zealand Manawatu 266 −18 2 strokes   Ashley Hall
  Deyen Lawson
Lawnmaster Horizon Golf New Zealand PGA Championship
2017 Jarryd Felton   Australia Manawatu 270 −14 Playoff   Ben Campbell
  Josh Younger
Holden New Zealand PGA Championship
2016 Brad Kennedy   Australia Remuera 266 −22 2 strokes   Neven Basic
  Josh Geary
2015 Matthew Millar   Australia Remuera 270 −18 3 strokes   Geoff Drakeford
  Josh Geary
  Kristopher Mueck
New Zealand PGA Championship
2014 No tournament
2013 Michael Hendry   New Zealand The Hills 269 −19 Playoff   Scott Strange
New Zealand PGA Pro-Am Championship
2012 Michael Hendry   New Zealand The Hills 272 −16 2 strokes   Mark Brown
  Andrew Martin
New Zealand PGA hosted by Christchurch
2011 No tournament
2010 Mitchell Brown   Australia Clearwater 281 −7 Playoff   Ashley Hall
Co-sanctioned with the Nationwide Tour
  • Bolded golfers received promotion to the PGA Tour at the end of the Nationwide Tour season.
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship
2009 Steven Alker   New Zealand Clearwater 273 −15 2 strokes   Josh Geary
  David Smail
2008 Darron Stiles   United States Clearwater 134 −10 1 stroke   David Smail
2007 Nicholas Thompson   United States Clearwater 280 −8 Playoff   David Morland IV
ING New Zealand PGA Championship
2006 Jim Rutledge   Canada Clearwater 279 −9 1 stroke   Jarrod Lyle
  Brett Rumford
2005 Peter O'Malley   Australia Clearwater 274 −14 Playoff   Steven Bowditch
New Zealand PGA Championship
2004 Gavin Coles   Australia Clearwater 282 −6 3 strokes   Bradley Hughes
  Brendan Jones
  Bill Lunde
Clearwater Classic
2003 Ryan Palmer   United States Clearwater 271 −17 3 strokes   Andre Stolz
Holden Clearwater Classic
2002 Peter O'Malley   Australia Clearwater 271 −17 5 strokes   Brad Ott

New Zealand PGA Championship


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