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Africa Open

Africa Open
Tournament information
Location Eastern Cape, South Africa
Established 2008
Course(s) East London Golf Club
Par 73
Length 6,632 yards (6,064 m)
Tour(s) Sunshine Tour
European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 1,000,000
Month played February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 Louis Oosthuizen (2012)
To par −27 Louis Oosthuizen (2012)
Current champion
Thomas Aiken

The Africa Open is a golf tournament on the Sunshine Tour that was first contested in February 2008, over the Gary Player designed championship course at the Fish River Sun Country Club, near Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa.[1]

In order to increase the profile of the tournament, since 2009 it has been held in January at the East London Golf Club in East London. In 2009, the Africa Open had a prize fund of R5 million, over four times that of the inaugural event. The Sunshine Tour hoped that it would attract a stronger field as a result, and possibly lead to a co-sanctioning agreement with the European Tour in subsequent years.[2]

In October 2009, it was announced that the Africa Open would be included on the 2010 European Tour schedule. It was the third event of the four tournament South African swing of the tour, held after the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the South African Open, and the week before the Joburg Open.[3] The purse for 2014 was 1,000,000.

Winners

Year Venue Winner Country Score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
Africa Open
2014 East London GC Thomas Aiken  South Africa 264 (−20) Playoff Oliver Fisher
2013 East London GC Darren Fichardt  South Africa 272 (−16) 2 strokes Grégory Bourdy, Jaco Van Zyl
2012 East London GC Louis Oosthuizen (2)  South Africa 265 (−27) 2 strokes Tjaart van der Walt
2011 East London GC Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 276 (−16) Playoff
(1st hole)
Chris Wood, Manuel Quirós
2010 East London GC Charl Schwartzel  South Africa 272 (−20) 1 stroke Thomas Aiken
Africa Open Golf Challenge
2009 East London GC Retief Goosen  South Africa 267 (−21) 1 stroke Darren Clarke, Darren Fichardt,
Branden Grace, Michael Hoey
The Africa Open
2008 Fish River Sun CC Shaun Norris  South Africa 275 (−13) 6 strokes Nic Henning

References

  1. ^ "Sunshine Tour set for Eastern Cape return with Africa Open".  
  2. ^ "Donald replaces Kim at Sun City".  
  3. ^ "European Tour reveal early schedule".  

External links

  • Coverage on Sunshine Tour's official site
  • Coverage on European Tour's official site
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