History

The New Zealand Open is an iconic event, steeped in the history and drama dating back to 1907.
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1907
There had been competition golf played since 1893, but in the inaugural New Zealand Open at Napier Golf Club a record 130 players participated. The field included 123 amateurs and seven professionals and was dominated by amateur legend A.D.S.(Arthur) Duncan who became the first New Zealand Open Champion. Napier Golf Club
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1908
J.A.Clements from Wanganui was only 19 years old when he became the first New Zealand born professional to win. He went on to become prominent in the games development. He went on to win again in 1909 & 1912. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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1910
A.D.S.Duncan dominates at Christchurch's Shirley course winning with a total of 295, a tournament record that would stand for 20 years. Duncan won again in 1911 at Belmont in Wanganui.
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1913
E.S. Douglas, a newcomer from Scotland won his first NZ Open in bitter conditions at Balmacewen. He went on to defend in 1914 at Auckland's Middlemore course, then after the NZ Open was not played during the war years returned to make it three in a row in 1919. That event was back at Napier Golf Club. Douglas would win for the last time in 1921.
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1920
J.H.Kirkwood becomes the first Australian to win, being the only player to record all four rounds in the 70's. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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1924
The Jellicoe Cup for the lowest individual round was presented by Earl Jellicoe of Scapa. The inaugural winner was A.D.S.Duncan with a score of 71. Duncan finished runner up to E.J. (Ernie) Moss in an event played at Middlemore. Moss would win again in 1927 & 1933.
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1926
Andy Shaw won the first of his seven New Zealand Open Championships. At Miramar in this year he beat E.J. Moss in an 18 hole play-off. Shaw went on to win four in a row, 1929-1932, 1934 and 1936. Shaw was truly a legend of the game in this era.
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1934
The Bledisloe Cup for leading amateur at the New Zealand Open was presented by Viscount Bledisloe with the inaugural winner Brian Silk.
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1937
Scottish professional Alex Murray, having won in 1935, was sensationally disqualified after returning the best four round total. He had practiced his putting on the fringe of a green on the 8th green in the final round. Amateur J.P.Hornabrook went on to win in a three way play off. He would win again in 1939. Murray would bounce back to win in 1948 & 1952. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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1938
South African legend Bobby Locke wins at Balmacewen. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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1946
After returning from the war Bob Glading won back to back New Zealand Open Championships.
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1950
Peter Thomson wins the first of his nine New Zealand Open Championships.
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1954
18 year old amateur sensation Bob Charles stares down two of the best players in the world, Peter Thomson and Bruce Crampton to with the first of his four titles.
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1956
Australian Harry Berwick wins the New Zealand Open when beating Bob Charles and Stuart Jones by two strokes at Shirley.
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1957
Kel Nagle wins the first of his seven New Zealand Open Championships, in an era dominated by Australians, particularly Thomson.
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1958
One of the games greats Gary Player finishes 3rd behind Nagle and Thomson.
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1964
The New Zealand Open Championship becomes a stand-alone event and no longer played beside the Amateur Championship. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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1966
Bob Charles wins his first New Zealand Open as a professional. Played at Paraparaumu Beach and a strong field including England's Tony Jacklin, Charles won by a record 13 strokes which still stands today.
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1976
Simon Owen wins his only New Zealand Open Championship at Heretaunga.
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1980
The legendary Payne Stewart traveled down under playing in the New Zealand Open. Stewart went on to win three majors before his tragic death in 1999.
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1983
Ian Baker-Finch wins his first national Open Championship, later going on to win the 1991 British Open.
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1984
Another future major winner plays in the New Zealand Open. Corey Pavin won at Paraparaumu and returned the next year to successfully defend his title at Russley.
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1986
Australian Rodger Davis sets the scoring record when winning his first of two New Zealand Opens at the Grange. He won by eight shots scoring 67, 62, 65 and 68. A young Jose-Maria Olazabal finished 7th. Davis won again in 1991.
1987
1987
It took a seven hole play-off before Irishman Ronan Rafferty beat American Larry Nelson. Later that year Nelson won his third major championship, the US PGA.
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1989
Greg Turner wins his first New Zealand Open at Paraparaumu by six shots. He again won in 1997 at Auckland Golf Club. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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1992
Grant Waite wins his only New Zealand Open and along the way making an albatross two on the par 5 18th at Paraparaumu.
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1995
The challenge with scheduling dates on the Australasian Tour mean an unusual year when two New Zealand Open Championships are played. Lucas Parsons won at Heretaunga in January and later in December Peter O'Malley was victorious at The Grange. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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1996
Michael Long completes his incredible haul of national titles adding the New Zealand Open to his Amateur (1990), Junior (1988) and Boys (1985) titles. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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1998
An emotional win for kiwi Matthew Lane at the new Formosa course in Auckland. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2000
Michael Campbell shoots 64 in the final round to tie compatriot Craig Perks before winning with an eagle on the 2nd play-off hole. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2001
David Smail wins his only New Zealand Open Championship. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2002
World number one Tiger Woods plays the New Zealand Open at Paraparaumu but the event is affected by a terrorist threat. Woods finished in a tie for 5th. Australian Craig Parry won the title claiming it to be the most important win of his career at the time. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2003
Mahal Pearce produces four sub-par rounds to win the 86th Open Championship. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2004
Amateur Brad Heaven nearly becomes the first amateur in 47 years to win the New Zealand Open, falling one shot short to eventual champion Terry Price.
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2005
The New Zealand Open co-sanctions with the European Tour improving the quality of the field. Niclas Fasth wins in a play-off at Gulf Harbour. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2007
The New Zealand Open moves to The Hills for the next three years. This is the final year of the European co-sanction, but is replaced for the next two by the USPGA secondary tour (Nationwide) co-sanctioning. Bob Charles becomes the oldest player to make the cut in an official European Tour event, aged 71.
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2011
Despite the February 2011 earthquake which killed 185 people, New Zealand Golf retain Clearwater as the venue. Brad Kennedy wins in a play off from 2002 champion Craig Parry, while kiwi Josh Geary finished 3rd.
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2014
The NZ Open returns to Queenstown with the Hills and Millbrook co-hosting the tournament. The National Championship introduces a new innovative pro-am format where amateurs and celebrities play alongside the pros. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2015
Jordan Zunic, only six weeks after turning professional, wins his maiden PGA Tour of Australasia title with an incredible -21 score © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2016
Australian Matt Griffin narrowly holds off Hideto Tanihara to win the Brodie Breeze Cup. Followed by Mike Hendry, Shunsuke Sonoda and Yoshi Fujimoto with all of the top five playing on the Japan Tour. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2017
Michael Hendry won over fellow Kiwi Ben Campbell and Australian Brad Kennedy in a dramatic playoff. Both Campbell and Kennedy found the water on the 1st playoff hole and Hendry made par to be the first kiwi winner in 14 years. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2018
Australian golfer Daniel Nisbet become the 99th winner shooting a 62 to run down ovenight leader Terry Pilkadaris who had a 5 shot lead. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
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2019
In the 100th edition of the New Zealand Open Young Australian Zach Murray claimed his first win since turning professional finishing 21-under for the tournament. © Copyright Photo: www.photosport.nz
Previous Winners
Year
Winner
Score
Nationality
Venue
2019
Zach Murray
266
Austraila
The Hills / Millbrook
2018
Daniel Nisbet
258
Austraila
Millbrook / The Hills
2017
Michael Hendry
266
New Zealand
Millbrook / The Hills
2016
Mathew Griffin
267
Australia
The Hills / Millbrook
2015
Jordan Zunic
266
Australia
The Hills / Millbrook
2014
Dimitrios Papadatos
270
Australia
The Hills / Millbrook
2012
Jake Higginbottom (a)
287
Australia
Clearwater
2011
Brad Kennedy
281
Australia
Clearwater
2010
Robert Gates
274
USA
The Hills
2009
Alex Prugh
269
USA
The Hills
2007
Richard Finch
274
England
The HIlls
2006
Nathan Green
279
Australia
Gulf Harbour
2005
Niclas Fasth
266
Sweden
Gulf Harbour
2004
Terry Price
271
Australia
The Grange
2003
Mahal Pearce
278
New Zealand
Auckland
2002
Craig Parry
273
Australia
Paraparaumu Beach
2001
David Smail
273
New Zealand
The Grange
2000
Michael Campbell
269
New Zealand
Paraparaumu Beach
1998
Matthew Lane
279
New Zealand
Formosa
1997
Greg Turner
278
New Zealand
Auckland
1996
Michael Long
275
New Zealand
Paraparaumu Beach
1995
Peter O’Malley
272
Australia
The Grange
1995
Lucas Parsons
282
Australia
Wellington
1994
Craig Jones
277
Australia
Remuera
1993
Peter Fowler
273
Australia
Paraparaumu Beach
1992
Grant Waite
268
New Zealand
Paraparaumu Beach
1991
Rodger Davis
273
Australia
Paraparaumu Beach
1989
Greg Turner
277
New Zealand
Paraparaumu Beach
1988
Ian Stanley
273
Australia
Paraparaumu Beach
1987
Ronan Rafferty
279
New Zealand
Wellington
1986
Rodger Davis
262
Australia
The Grange
1985
Corey Pavin
277
USA
Russley
1984
Corey Pavin
269
USA
Paraparaumu Beach
1983
Ian Baker-Finch
280
Australia
Auckland
1982
Terry Gale
284
Australia
Christchurch
1981
Bob Shearer
285
Australia
Wellington
1980
Buddy Allin
274
USA
New Plymouth
1979
Stewart Ginn
278
Australia
St Clair
1978
Bob Shearer
277
Australia
Wanganui
1977
Bob Byman
290
USA
Auckland
1976
Simon Owen
284
New Zealand
Wellington
1975
Bill Dunk
272
Australia
Hamilton
1974
Bob Gilder
283
USA
Christchurch
1973
Sir Bob Charles
283
New Zealand
Manawatu
1972
Bill Dunk
279
Australia
Paraparaumu Beach
1971
Peter Thomson
276
Australia
Otago
1970
Sir Bob Charles
271
New Zealand
The Grange
1969
Kel Nagle
273
Australia
Wanganui
1968
Kel Nagle
272
Australia
Christchurch
1967
Kel Nagle
275
Australia
Hamilton
1966
Sir Bob Charles
273
New Zealand
Paraparaumu Beach
1965
Peter Thomson
278
Australia
Auckland
1964
Kel Nagle
266
Australia
Christchurch
1963
Bruce Devlin
273
Australia
Wanganui
1962
Kel Nagle
281
Australia
Titirangi
1961
Peter Thomson
267
Australia
New Plymouth
1960
Peter Thomson
281
Australia
Invercargill
1959
Peter Thomson
280
Australia
Paraparaumu Beach
1958
Kel Nagle
288
Australia
Hamilton
1957
Kel Nagle
293
Australia
Manawatu
1956
Harry Berwick (a)
295
Australia
Christchurch
1955
Peter Thomson
280
Australia
Auckland
1954
Sir Bob Charles(a)
280
New Zealand
Wellington
1953
Peter Thomson
295
Australia
Otago
1952
Alex Murray
293
New Zealand
Wanganui
1951
Peter Thomson
288
Australia
Titirangi
1950
Peter Thomson
280
Australia
Christchurch
1949
Jim Galloway
283
New Zealand
Hastings
1948
Alex Murray
294
New Zealand
Otago
1947
Bob Glading
291
New Zealand
New Plymouth
1946
Bob Glading (a)
306
New Zealand
Manawatu
1939
John Hornabrook (a)
291
New Zealand
Miramar
1938
Bobby Locke
299
South Africa
Otago
1937
John Hornabrook (a)
299
New Zealand
Hamilton
1936
Andrew Shaw
292
New Zealand
New Plymouth
1935
Alex Murray
286
New Zealand
Christchurch
1934
Andrew Shaw
288
New Zealand
Wanganui
1933
Ernie Moss
300
New Zealand
Titirangi
1932
Andrew Shaw
289
New Zealand
Wellington
1931
Andrew Shaw
287
New Zealand
Christchurch
1930
Andrew Shaw
284
New Zealand
Manawatu
1929
Andrew Shaw
299
New Zealand
Wanganui
1928
Sloan Morpeth (a)
303
New Zealand
Otago
1927
Erinie Moss
300
New Zealand
Hamilton
1926
Andrew Shaw
307
New Zealand
Miramar
1925
Ewen Macfarlane (a)
308
New Zealand
Christchurch
1924
Ernie Moss
301
New Zealand
Auckland
1923
Arthur Brooks
312
New Zealand
Wanganui
1922
Arthur Brooks
308
New Zealand
Manawatu
1921
Ted Douglas
302
Scotland
Christchurch
1920
Joe Kirkwood Snr
304
Australia
Hamilton
1919
Ted Douglas
327
Scotland
Napier
1914
Ted Douglas
313
Scotland
Auckland
1913
Ted Douglas
303
Scotland
Otago
1912
Joe Clements
321
New Zealand
Wellington
1911
Arthur Duncan (a)
319
New Zealand
Wanganui
1910
Arthur Duncan (a)
295
New Zealand
Christchurch
1909
Joe Clements
324
New Zealand
Auckland
1908
Joe Clements
333
New Zealand
Otago
1907
Arthur Duncan (a)
159
New Zealand
Napier

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