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The Nigerian Open is (or was) a golf tournament in Nigeria. Founded in 1969, it was a Challenge Tour event between 1990 and 1993, having previously been part of what was known as the Safari Tour.

Nigerian Open
LocationNigeria Nigeria
Established1969
Tour(s)Challenge Tour (1991–93)
FormatStroke play
Aggregate255 Peter Tupling (1981)
To par-29 (as above)

The Safari Tour can be traced back to the sixties, when British professionals escaped the northern European winter and taught at clubs throughout Africa. Many of the professionals also took their assistants with them to gain extra experience, and as the numbers involved in these tours increased, so events in the host countries evolved. The driving force behind the African events was Dai Rees, who would liaise with local sponsors and organisers on behalf of the professionals. By 1975, the size of the Safari Tour had become too much to administer, and so the European Tournament Players' Division (now known as European Tour) took over the representation of the professionals. As the European Tour began to expand its schedule globally, in 1991 the five Safari Tour events became part of the developmental Challenge Tour.

In 1981, England's Peter Tupling set the record low 72 hole score in professional tournament golf, when he won the title with a 29 under par total of 255.[1] Notable past champions include major winners Vijay Singh and Sandy Lyle and former Ryder Cup player Gordon J. Brand.

WinnersEdit

This list of winners is incomplete.
Year Venue Winner Score
1999   Johan Skold 278
1998   José Cantero
1997   Roberto Gonzalez
1995   Lateef Lasisi
1994   Amos Korblah 275
1993 Ikoyi Club 1938   Gordon Manson 274
1992 No tournament due to rescheduling
1991
(1992)
Ikoyi Club 1938   James Lebbie 270
1990
(1991)
Ikoyi Club 1938   Wayne Stephens
1989   Vijay Singh
1988   Vijay Singh
1987
1986   Gordon J. Brand
1985 Ikoyi Club 1938   Bill Longmuir 277
1984   Ewen Murray
1983   Gordon J. Brand
1982   David Jagger
1981   Peter Tupling 255
1980   Bill Longmuir
1979   John Morgan
1978   Sandy Lyle
1977   David Jagger
1976   Bill Longmuir
1975   David Jagger
1974   Jack Newton 275[2]
1973   Tommy Horton 267
1972
1971 Ikoyi Club 1938   Lee Elder 267
1970   John Cook
1969   Marshall Douglas

Year in brackets indicates Challenge Tour season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hopkins, John (March 19, 2003). "Matharu hints at bright future on day in sun". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
  2. ^ "Newton wins Nigerian Open". The Glasgow Herald. 25 February 1974. p. 5.