ANZ Championship (golf)

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ANZ Championship
Tournament information
Location Australia
Established 1998
Tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour
Format Modified stableford (2002–2004)
Stroke play (1998–2001)
Final year 2004
Tournament record score
Aggregate 46 points Richard S. Johnson (2002)
269 Peter Lonard (2001)
To par −15 Andre Stolz (2000)
−15 Peter Lonard (2001)
Final champion
Brian Davis

The ANZ Championship was a men's professional golf tournament, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia, that was played in Australia between 2002 and 2004. The event had been played as a 72-hole stroke-play tournament on the Australasian tour from 1998 to 2001 as the ANZ Tour Championship.[1]

Uniquely for both tours, it was played using a modified stableford scoring system, similar to the former PGA Tour event The International. This departure from the usual stroke play format, designed to encourage more attacking play, was not received with universal approval as the perception was that it would penalise the steadier players.[2]

In the final event in 2004, Laura Davies became the first female golfer to compete on either the Australasian or European Tour, but failed to make an impact, missing the cut and finishing in next to last place on −13 points.[3]

Winners

Year Winner Country Venue Points Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
2004 Brian Davis  England Horizons Golf Resort 44 1 point England Paul Casey [4][5]
2003 Paul Casey  England New South Wales 45 4 points Australia Stuart Appleby
Australia Nick O'Hern
[6][7]
2002 Richard S. Johnson  Sweden The Lakes 46 2 points Australia Scott Laycock
Australia Craig Parry
[8][9]
Sole-sanctioned
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
ANZ Tour Championship
2001 Peter Lonard  Australia Concord 269 −15 1 stroke Australia Nathan Green
2000 Andre Stolz  Australia Royal Canberra 273 −15 3 strokes Australia Brett Rumford
1999 Marcus Cain  Australia Royal Canberra 276 −12 4 strokes Australia Paul Gow
1998 Mathew Goggin  Australia Royal Canberra 278 −10 Playoff Australia Brad King

In 1998 Goggin won at the first extra hole of the playoff.

References

  1. ^ "Baddeley looks to rekindle magic at The Lakes". PGA European Tour. 19 March 2010. 
  2. ^ McGuire, Bernie (6 February 2002). "Mixed points of view". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Davies beats only one man in ANZ Championship". USA Today. Port Stevens, Australia. Associated Press. 13 February 2004. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "ANZ Championship 2004". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Davis snatches ANZ title". BBC Sport. 15 February 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "ANZ Championship 2003". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Casey defeats Appleby, O'Hern for ANZ Championship". USA Today. Sydney, Australia. Associated Press. 9 February 2003. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "ANZ Championship 2002". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  9. ^ Grealis, Tom (10 February 2002). "Johnson wins ANZ Championship". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2011. [permanent dead link]

External links

  • Coverage on the European Tour's official site
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