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SA Open: Facts

2010-12-14 13:25

Cape Town - Quick facts ahead of the SA Open to be played at Durban Country Club from December 16-19.

- The South African Open Championship was first played for in 1893 and is the second oldest national championship after the Open Championship.

- The South African Open is the second oldest sporting event in South Africa after the Currie Cup rugby trophy was first played for in 1893.

- Most wins: 13 (Gary Player between 1956 – 1981)

- Most consecutive wins: five – Bobby Locke (1937 - 40 and 46); Gary Player (1965 - 69)

- Youngest winner: Bobby Locke (17 in 1935)

- Oldest winner: Sid Brews (53 in 1952)

- Lowest winning total: 267 (Tony Johnstone 1993 – Durban Country Club)

- Lowest 18 hole score: 62 (John Bland 1993 – Durban Country Club)

- Biggest victory margin: 20 shots (George Fotheringham 1914 – Royal Cape Town)

- Winners in four decades: Sid Brews (1925, 30, 49 and 52); Gary Player (1956, 60, 72 and 81)

- Last amateur to win: Denis Hutchinson (1959)

- Lowest 72 hole score by an amateur: 282 Denis Hutchinson (1959); Ian Hutchings (1987); Ernie Els (1989); Hennie Otto (1997)

- December 2010 will be the 100th edition of the South African Open Championship

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Comments
  • Mark Lindstrom - 2009-12-18 15:05

    Not sure about the claim that the SA Open is South Africa's second oldest event. The Buffalo Regatta was first raced in 1881 and still has an original solid silver trophy from 1881.

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