South African PGA Championship

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South African
PGA Championship
Tournament information
Location Eikenhof, South Africa
Established 1923
Course(s) Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate
Tour(s) Sunshine Tour
European Tour (1995–1999)
Format Stroke play
Prize fund R 1,500,000
Month played February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 259 David Frost (1994)
To par −28 Louis Oosthuizen (2008)
Current champion
Chile Matías Calderón

The Eye of Africa PGA Championship, as it is currently known for sponsorship reasons, is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour. It is currently played in February with a prize fund of 1.2 million rand, and is currently held at Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate in the Johannesburg suburb of Eikenhof.

The current South African PGA Championship was founded in 1965, largely thanks to Gary Player and Brian Henning. New sponsors in 1972 gave the championship a home at The Wanderers Golf Club where it remained until 1995,[1] when it became the first tournament in South Africa to be co-sanctioned by the European Tour. The following year Alfred Dunhill took over from Lexington as title sponsors, breaking a 23-year association with the PGA.

Following the 1999 event, Dunhill decided to end their association with the South African PGA and create their own tournament, the Alfred Dunhill Championship, which also replaced the PGA Championship on the European calendar. As a result, there was no PGA Championship held in 2000, but the tournament returned to the Sunshine Tour the following year with a new sponsor. It is one of the richest sole-sanctioned events on the Sunshine Tour.

The South African PGA Championship, along with the South African Open and the South African Masters formed the Triple Crown of South African golf. Winning all three titles in the same season is a feat only achieved by Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els.[2]

Winners

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Eye of Africa PGA Championship
2018 Matías Calderón  Chile 271 −17 1 stroke South Africa Combrinck Smit
2017 Erik van Rooyen  South Africa 272 −16 Playoff South Africa Dylan Frittelli
South Africa Makhetha Mazibuko
2016 Jaco van Zyl  South Africa 268 −20 Playoff South Africa Dean Burmester
Telkom Business PGA Championship
2015 No tournament
2014 Titch Moore  South Africa 273 −15 Playoff South Africa Ulrich van den Berg
Telkom PGA Championship
2013 Jaco Van Zyl  South Africa 268 −20 1 stroke South Africa Dylan Frittelli
2012 Keith Horne  South Africa 269 −19 3 strokes South Africa Jaco Ahlers
South Africa Darren Fichardt
South Africa Alex Haindl
2011 George Coetzee  South Africa 261 −27 2 strokes South Africa Neil Schietekat
2010 Michiel Bothma  South Africa 268 −20 1 stroke South Africa George Coetzee
2009 Jaco Van Zyl  South Africa 270 −18 1 stroke Canada Graham DeLaet
South Africa Trevor Fisher Jnr
2008 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 260 −28 14 strokes South Africa Hennie Otto
2007 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 266 −22 1 stroke South Africa Richard Sterne
2006 Grégory Bourdy  France 267 −21 6 strokes South Africa Thomas Aiken
2005 Warren Abery  South Africa 273 −15 1 stroke South Africa Charl Schwartzel
South Africa Jaco Van Zyl
2004 Warrick Druian  South Africa 267 −21 5 strokes South Africa Michiel Bothma
South Africa Mark Murless
2003 No tournament
2002 (Dec) Michiel Bothma  South Africa 273 −15 Playoff South Africa Mark Murless
2002 (Jan) Chris Williams  England 271 −17 2 strokes South Africa Hennie Otto
2001 Deane Pappas  South Africa 269 −19 3 strokes South Africa Don Gammon
Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship
2000 No tournament
1999 Ernie Els  South Africa 273 −15 4 strokes South Africa Richard Kaplan
1998 Tony Johnstone  Zimbabwe 271 −17 2 strokes South Africa Ernie Els
1997 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 269 −19 Playoff South Africa David Frost
1996* Sven Strüver  Germany 202 −14 3 strokes South Africa Ernie Els
Northern Ireland David Feherty
Lexington PGA Championship
1995 Ernie Els  South Africa 271 −9 2 strokes South Africa Roger Wessels
1994 David Frost  South Africa 259 −21 7 strokes Zimbabwe Nick Price
1993 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe 265 −15 1 stroke South Africa John Bland
South Africa David Frost
Zimbabwe Nick Price
South Africa Wayne Westner
1992 Ernie Els  South Africa 271 −9 1 stroke South Africa Ian Palmer
South Africa Kevin Stone
South Africa Wayne Westner
1991 Roger Wessels  South Africa 271 −9 Playoff England Mark James
United States Hugh Royer Jr.
Year Player Country Score
Lexington PGA Championship
1990 Fulton Allem  South Africa 266
1989 Tony Johnstone  Zimbabwe 269
1988 David Feherty  Northern Ireland 267
1987 Fulton Allem  South Africa 268
1986 Bobby Cole  South Africa 265
1985 Chris Williams  England 272
1984 Gavan Levenson  South Africa 271
1983 Corey Pavin  United States 270
1982 Gary Player  South Africa 272
1981 No tournament
1980 Hugh Baiocchi  South Africa 268
1979* Gary Player  South Africa 203
1978 Hale Irwin  United States 275
1977 John Bland  South Africa 275
1976 Dale Hayes  South Africa 266
1975 Dale Hayes  South Africa 266
Beck's PGA Championship
1974 Dale Hayes  South Africa 271
1973 Tom Weiskopf  United States 273
Luyt Lager PGA Championship
1972 Harold Henning  South Africa 279
South African PGA Championship
1971 (Nov) Tienie Britz  South Africa 280PO
1971 (Feb) Tienie Britz  South Africa 277
1970 Denis Hutchinson  South Africa 278
1969 Gary Player  South Africa 272
1968 No tournament
1967 Harold Henning  South Africa 275
1966 Harold Henning  South Africa 272
1965 Harold Henning  South Africa 281

* – 1979 and 1996 events reduced to 3 rounds.

Match-play era

Year Winner Runner-up Score
1960–64 No tournament
Dunlop South African Professional Match Play Masters
1959 South Africa Gary Player South Africa Harold Henning 3 & 1
1958 Wales Dai Rees England Ken Bousfield 3 & 2
1957 England John Jacobs South Africa Gary Player 2 & 1
South African Professional Match Play Championship
1956 South Africa Ken Redford South Africa Gary Player 2 & 1
1955 South Africa Bobby Locke South Africa Brian Ellmore 7 & 6
1954 South Africa Jock Verwey AN Thomas 11 & 9
1953 South Africa Philip Ritson AJ Bullock 12 & 11
1952 South Africa Sid Brews South Africa Philip Ritson 7 & 6
1951 South Africa Bobby Locke Republic of Ireland Harry Bradshaw 4 & 3
1950 South Africa Bobby Locke MS Hart 9 & 8
1949 South Africa Jock Verwey GS van Niekerk 5 & 4
1948 South Africa Jock Verwey England James Ockenden, Jr. 5 & 4
1947 South Africa Sandy Guthrie England James Ockenden, Jr. 5 & 4
1946 South Africa Bobby Locke South Africa Sid Brews 10 & 9
1941–45 No tournament due to World War II
1940 South Africa Bobby Locke Bertie Elkin 11 & 9
1939 South Africa Bobby Locke M Goldsmith 12 & 11
1938 South Africa Bobby Locke South Africa Sid Brews 4 & 3
1937 John Robertson AN Thomas 37th hole
1936 South Africa Sid Brews John Robertson 9 & 7
1935 J De Beer G Brews 5 & 4
1934 South Africa Sid Brews Bertie Elkin 6 & 4
1933 South Africa Sid Brews AN Thomas 6 & 5
1932 England Charles McIlvenny Robert Grimsdell 6 & 5
1931 England Charles McIlvenny South Africa Jock Brews 10 & 9
1930 Arthur Tomsett England Charles McIlvenny 37th hole
1929 England Charles McIlvenny Robert Grimsdell 8 & 7
1928 South Africa Sid Brews South Africa Jock Brews 2 & 1
1927 England Charles McIlvenny Robert Grimsdell 3 & 1
1926 South Africa Sid Brews G Brews 11 & 10
1925 South Africa Jock Brews Robert Grimsdell 3 & 2
1924 South Africa Jock Brews Archie Tosh 4 & 2
1923 Bertie Elkin Jimmy Johnstone 4 & 3

References

  1. ^ "The Lexington PGA". The Wanderers Golf Club. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  2. ^ "History of the South African Masters sponsored by Nashua". Sunshine Tour. 30 January 2008. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2008.

External links

  • Sunshine Tour – official site
  • Professional Golfers Association of South Africa – official site
  • Coverage on the European Tour's official site
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