South African Open (golf) history, results and past winners
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South African Open (golf) history, results and past winners



The South African Open is the biggest South African golf tournaments on the schedule, with the event having been conducted since 1903.

The event, which is one of the top events in South Africa, is considered one of the biggest tournaments in golf because it is one of the oldest national championships.

The tournament has not been continuously conducted since 1903. The tournament was not played during World War I and World War II, and there have been years where there were two South African Opens played and led to there not being another the following year.

Gary Player holds the record for the most South African Open wins with 13. Bobby Locke is next best on the list with nine wins. Sid Brews has eight wins.

The South African Open has seen an increase in prestige in recent years.

South African Open format

South African Open is played over four days, and there is a cut for the qualifying field.

The field, which is 156 players, is reduced to the top 65 players and ties for the final two rounds of the event. At the end of the 72-hole event, the lowest score wins. In the event of a sudden-death playoff is conducted to determine a winner.

Most frequent South African Open hosts

  1. Durban Country Club: 18

South African Open past sponsors

South African Open has had a singular name over the years:

  • 2022: Investec South African Open Championship
  • 2018-2020: BP South African Open
  • 2015-2018: BMW SA Open
  • 2011-2012, 2021: SA Open Championship
  • 2003-2007: South African Airways Open
  • 2002: Bell's South African Open
  • 2000-2001: Mercedes-Benz South African Open
  • 1999: Mercedes-Benz-Vodacom South African Open
  • 1995-1996: Phillips South African Open
  • 1989-1992: Protea Assurance South African Open
  • 1986-1988: Southern Suns South African Open Championship
  • 1983-1985: South African Open Championship
  • 1903-1974, 1997-1998: South African Open
  • 1980-1981: Datson South African Open
  • 1979: British Airways/Yellow Pages South African Open
  • 1976-1978: Yellow Pages South African Open
  • 1975-1976: BP South African Open
  • 1903-1974, 2008-2010, 2013-2015: South African Open Championship

South African Open history & results

YEAR WINNER TOT TO PAR BY HOST
2021 Daniel van Tonder 272 −16 1 Gary Player
2020 (Dec) Christiaan Bezuidenhout 270 −18 5 Gary Player
2020 (Jan) Branden Grace 263 −21 3 Randpark
2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018 (Dec) Louis Oosthuizen 266 −18 6 Randpark
2018 (Jan) Chris Paisley 267 −21 3 Glendower
2017 Graeme Storm 270 −18 PO Glendower
2016 Brandon Stone 274 −14 2 Glendower
2015 Andy Sullivan 277 −11 PO Glendower
2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2013 Morten Ørum Madsen 269 −19 2 Glendower
2012 Henrik Stenson 271 −17 3 Serengeti
2011 Hennie Otto 274 −14 1 Serengeti
2010 Ernie Els (5) 263[e] −25[e] 1 Durban
2009 Richie Ramsay 275 −13 PO Pearl Valley
2008 Richard Sterne 274 −14 PO Pearl Valley
2007 James Kingston 284 −4 1 Pearl Valley
2006 Ernie Els (4) 264 −24 3 Humewood
2005 (Dec) Retief Goosen (2) 282 −10 1 Fancourt
2005 (Jan) Tim Clark (2) 273 −15 6 Durban
2004 Trevor Immelman (2) 276 −12 3 Erinvale
2003 Trevor Immelman 274 −14 PO Erinvale
2002 Tim Clark 269 −19 2 The Country Club
2001 Mark McNulty (2) 280 −8 1 East London
2000 Mathias Grönberg 274 −14 1 Randpark
1999 David Frost (2) 279 −5 1 Stellenbosch
1998 Ernie Els (3) 273 −15 3 Durban
1997 Vijay Singh 270 −18 1 Glendower
1996 Ernie Els (2) 275 −13 1 Royal Cape
1995 Retief Goosen 275 −13 5 Randpark
1993 (Dec) Tony Johnstone (2) 267 −21 7 Durban
1993 (Feb) Clinton Whitelaw 279 −9 2 Glendower
1992 Ernie Els 273 −15 3 Houghton
1991 Wayne Westner (2) 272 −16 4 Durban
1990 Trevor Dodds 285 −3 1 Royal Cape
1989 Fred Wadsworth 278 −10 1 Glendower
1988 Wayne Westner 275 −13 2 Durban
1987 Mark McNulty 278 −10 PO Mowbray
1986 David Frost 275 −13 3 Royal Johannesburg
1985 Gavan Levenson 280 −8 3 Royal Durban
1984 Tony Johnstone 274 −14 3 Houghton
1983 Charlie Bolling 278 −10 1 Royal Cape
1982 Not Played N/A N/A N/A N/A
1981 Gary Player (13) 272 −16 PO Royal Johannesburg
1980 Bobby Cole (2) 279 −9 4 Durban
1979 Gary Player (12) 279 −9 1 Houghton
1978 Hugh Baiocchi 285 −3 1 Mowbray
1977 Gary Player (11) 273 −15 3 Royal Johannesburg
1976 (Nov) Gary Player (10) 280 −8 6 Durban
1976 (Feb) Dale Hayes 287 −1 PO Houghton
1975 Gary Player (9) 278 −10 6 Mowbray
1974 Bobby Cole 272 −16 4 Royal Johannesburg
1973 Bob Charles 282 −6 3 Durban
1972 Gary Player (8) 274 −18 1 Royal Johannesburg
1971 Simon Hobday 276 −12 1 Mowbray
1970 Tommy Horton 285 N/A 3 Royal Durban
1969 Gary Player (7) 273 N/A 6 Durban
1968 Gary Player (6) 274 N/A 7 Houghton
1967 Gary Player (5) 279 N/A 3 East London
1966 Gary Player (4) 278 N/A 1 Houghton
1963 (Dec) Allan Henning 278 N/A 2 Bloemfontein
1963 (Mar) Retief Waltman (2) 281 N/A 1 Durban
1962 Harold Henning (2) 285 N/A 1 Houghton
1961 Retief Waltman 289 N/A 8 East London
1960 Gary Player (2) 280 N/A 7 Mowbray
1959 Denis Hutchinson (a) 282 N/A 1 Royal Johannesburg
1958 Arthur Stewart 281 N/A 1 Bloemfontein
1957 Harold Henning 289 N/A PO Humewood
1956 Gary Player 286 N/A 3 Durban
1955 Bobby Locke (9) 283 N/A 1 Zwartkop
1954 Reg Taylor (a) 289 N/A 2 East London
1953 Jimmy Boyd 302 N/A PO Royal Cape
1952 Sid Brews (8) 305 N/A 1 Humewood
1951 Bobby Locke (8) 277 N/A 9 Houghton
1950 Bobby Locke (7) 280 N/A 11 Durban
1949 Sid Brews (7) 291 N/A 3 Maccauvlei
1948 Mickey Janks (a) 298 N/A PO East London
1947 Ronnie Glennie (a) 293 N/A 1 Mowbray
1946 Bobby Locke (6) 285 N/A 14 Royal Johannesburg
1945 Not Played N/A N/A N/A N/A
1944 Not Played N/A N/A N/A N/A
1943 Not Played N/A N/A N/A N/A
1942 Not Played N/A N/A N/A N/A
1941 Not Played N/A N/A N/A N/A
1940 Bobby Locke (5) 293 N/A 10 Port Elizabeth
1939 Bobby Locke (4) 279 N/A 8 Durban
1938 Bobby Locke (3) 279 N/A 5 Maccauvlei
1937 Bobby Locke (a) (2) 288 N/A 11 East London
1936 Clarence Olander (a) 297 N/A PO Royal Cape
1935 Bobby Locke (a) 296 N/A 3 Parkview
1934 Sid Brews (6) 319 N/A 7 Humewood
1933 Sid Brews (5) 297 N/A 3 Maccauvlei
1932 Charles McIlvenny 304 N/A 4 Mowbray
1931 Sid Brews (4) 302 N/A 3 Port Elizabeth
1930 Sid Brews (3) 297 N/A 11 East London
1929 Archie Tosh 315 N/A 1 Royal Cape
1928 Jock Brews (4) 297 N/A 1 Durban
1927 Sid Brews (2) 301 N/A 5 Maccauvlei
1926 Jock Brews (3) 301 N/A 9 Port Elizabeth
1925 Sid Brews 295 N/A 3 Johannesburg
1924 Bert Elkin 316 N/A 9 Durban
1923 Jock Brews (2) 315 N/A 1 Royal Cape
1922 Fred Jangle 310 N/A 7 Port Alfred
1921 Jock Brews 316 N/A 3 Port Elizabeth
1920 Laurie Waters (4) 302 N/A 2 Johannesburg
1919 William Horne 320 N/A 9 Durban
1918 Not Played N/A N/A N/A N/A
1917 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1916 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1915 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1914 George Fotheringham (5) 299 N/A 20 Royal Cape
1913 Jimmy Prentice (a) 304 N/A 2 Kimberley
1912 George Fotheringham (4) 305 N/A 10 Potchefstroom
1911 George Fotheringham (3) 301 N/A 11 Durban
1910 George Fotheringham (2) 315 N/A 5 Royal Cape
1909 Jack Fotheringham 306 N/A 2 Potchefstroom
1908 George Fotheringham 294 N/A 9 Port Elizabeth
1907 Laurie Waters (3) 147[p] N/A 5 Kimberley
1906 Arthur Gray (2) 151 N/A 3 East London
1905 Arthur Gray Unknown N/A PO Garrison Club
1904 Laurie Waters (2) 143 N/A 4 Johannesburg
1903 Laurie Waters 163 N/A 3 Port Elizabeth

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