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Richard Sterne (golfer)

Richard Sterne
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Richard Sterne
Born (1981-08-27) 27 August 1981
Pretoria, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Pretoria, South Africa;
Manchester, England
Turned professional 2001
Current tour(s) European Tour
Sunshine Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 6
Sunshine Tour 6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T25: 2008, 2013
U.S. Open CUT: 2008
The Open Championship T21: 2013
PGA Championship T35: 2014
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner

Richard Sterne (born 27 August 1981) is a South African professional golfer who plays on both the European and Sunshine Tours.


  • Life and career 1
  • Amateur wins 2
  • Professional wins (9) 3
    • European Tour wins (6) 3.1
    • Sunshine Tour wins (6) 3.2
    • Other wins (1) 3.3
  • Results in major championships 4
    • Summary 4.1
  • Team appearances 5
  • Equipment 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Life and career

Sterne was born in Pretoria and attended St Alban's College for high school. He was runner-up in the Boys' 15–17 Division at the 1999 World Junior Golf Championships and turned pro in 2001. He played on the European Challenge Tour in 2002 and graduated to membership of the main European Tour in 2003. He won his first European Tour title at the 2004 Open de Madrid.

In the 2007 European Tour, Sterne won at the Celtic Manor Wales Open, and finished second at the Johnnie Walker Classic, third at the BMW PGA Championship and fourth at the Barclays Scottish Open, therefore finishing 14th in the Order of Merit. In 2008 he picked up his third victory at the Joburg Open which is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, and at the end of 2008 won a further two European Tour tournaments in South Africa.

His best year-end ranking on the European Order of Merit is 8th in 2013. His Celtic Manor win moved him into the top 40 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.[1]

He has had six wins on the Sunshine Tour, and won that tour's Order of Merit in 2008. In January 2008 he reached a career high of number 29 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He missed most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons with injury.

In February 2013, Sterne won the Joburg Open by seven strokes, to end a four-year winless drought from which he had been plagued with back injuries.[2] This marked his sixth victory on both the European and Sunshine Tours and came on the back of a second-place finish he had in the previous week at the Dubai Desert Classic. It was also the first event that he had won wire-to-wire. The win moved him inside the top 60, which meant qualification for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and to the top of the Race to Dubai standings. Later he finished second at the Alstom Open de France, ninth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 13th at the Omega European Masters, and 14th at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. As a result, he was eighth in the Race to Dubai final standings.

During the 2014 season, Sterne finished fourth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, 17th at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and 35th at the PGA Championship. He qualified to the Tour Finals, where he ended second at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. He finished ninth in the Tour Finals to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2014–15 season.

Sterne is friends with South African golf icon, Gary Player, to whom he is often compared because of their similar small stature. He has played several times in the Gary Player Invitational charity event to help raise funds for less fortunate children's education.

Amateur wins

  • 1999 South African Junior Strokeplay & Matchplay Championship, South African Amateur Championship
  • 2000 Southern Cross
  • 2001 South African Amateur Strokeplay Championship

Professional wins (9)

European Tour wins (6)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 24 Oct 2004 Open de Madrid −18 (70-65-66-65=266) 2 strokes Anders Hansen
2 3 Jun 2007 Celtic Manor Wales Open −13 (67-67-64-65=263) 1 stroke Bradley Dredge, Søren Kjeldsen,
Mardan Mamat, Mads Vibe-Hastrup
3 13 Jan 2008 Joburg Open −13 (71-68-67-65=271) Playoff Magnus A. Carlsson, Garth Mulroy
4 14 Dec 20081 Alfred Dunhill Championship −17 (68-66-68-69=271) 1 stroke Johan Edfors, Robert Rock
5 21 Dec 20081 South African Open Championship −14 (72-69-67-66=274) Playoff Gareth Maybin
6 10 Feb 2013 Joburg Open (2) −27 (63-65-68-64=260) 7 strokes Charl Schwartzel

1 2009 season

European Tour playoff record (2–1)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2007 Johnnie Walker Classic Anton Haig, Oliver Wilson Haig won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2008 Joburg Open Magnus A. Carlsson, Garth Mulroy Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2008 South African Open Championship Gareth Maybin Won with birdie on first extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (6)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 5 Feb 2005 Nashau Masters −11 (68-64-67-70=269) 1 stroke Titch Moore, Grant Muller
2 18 Feb 2007 Vodacom Championship −14 (73-68-68-65=274) Playoff Louis Oosthuizen
3 13 Jan 2008 Joburg Open −13 (71-68-67-65=271) Playoff Magnus A. Carlsson, Garth Mulroy
4 14 Dec 2008 Alfred Dunhill Championship −17 (68-66-68-69=271) 1 stroke Johan Edfors, Robert Rock
5 21 Dec 2008 South African Open −14 (72-69-67-66=274) Playoff Gareth Maybin
6 10 Feb 2013 Joburg Open (2) −27 (63-65-68-64=260) 7 strokes Charl Schwartzel

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T25 CUT DNP DNP DNP T25 DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T34 DNP DNP T39 T21 CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 3 15 6
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2012 Open Championship – 2013 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Team appearances



As of 4 March 2013 Via: GolfWRX [3]

  • Driver: TaylorMade R11
  • 3 Wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2
  • 5 Wood: TaylorMade RBZ Tour
  • Irons: TaylorMade R9 TP (Version B) (2–9 Irons)
  • Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48, 52, and 56 Degrees) Cleveland 588 RTX (60 Degrees)
  • Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball V-Line White Ice
  • Ball: TaylorMade Penta TP5

See also


  1. ^ "KJ Choi Wins the Memorial and Climbs into the World Top 20". OWGR. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Dawes, Mike (10 February 2013). "Sterne hits record score to claim victory in Johannesburg over favourite Schwartzel". Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^

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