Australian Open (golf)

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Emirates Australian Open
Tournament information
Location Sydney, Australia (2015)
Established 1904
Course(s) The Australian Golf Club (2015)
Par 71
Length 7,230 yards (6,610 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
OneAsia Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund A$1,250,000
Month played November
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Gary Player (1965)
To par –28 Gary Player (1965)
Current champion
Australia Matt Jones

The Australian Open, owned and run by Golf Australia, is the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The tournament is also part of the OneAsia Tour which was formed in 2009. The Open was first played in 1904 and takes place toward the end of each year. The winner of the tournament receives the Stonehaven Cup.

The prize money is considered modest when compared to tournaments on the PGA Tour and the European Tour, however the Australian Open's position is one of the traditional golf powers. Its roll of honour for the years between the mid-1950s to the late 1980s includes many of the most distinguished international golfers, including several Americans.

The Australian Open is one of the "national opens" having a special status in the Official World Golf Ranking's points system since 2007. This status awards a minimum 32 points to the winner regardless of the strength of the field. The 2011 edition had several top Americans such as Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar, therefore the winner's points were increased to 42.

In recent years the majority of tournament winners have been Australians, though golfers from the United States and South Africa have also won. England's Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy are the only European golfers to have won the tournament.

Since 2014, the Australian Open has been one of the tournaments in the Open Qualifying Series that would give three non-exempt players entry into The Open Championship.


The 2009 Open was played at New South Wales Golf Club in New South Wales where Adam Scott lifted his first Stonehaven Cup, presented to him by Greg Norman. Stuart Appleby finished runner up. International players included Steve Marino, Bryce Molder, John Daly and Kevin Stadler.

The 2010–12 Australian Opens were played at The Lakes Golf Club.

The 2013 Australian Open was played at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

The 2014 & 2015 Australian Opens were played at The Australian Golf Club.

The 2016 Australian Open will be played at Royal Sydney Golf Club.


Year Champion Country Course
2016 Royal Sydney Golf Club
2015 Matt Jones  Australia The Australian Golf Club
2014 Jordan Spieth  United States The Australian Golf Club
2013 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland Royal Sydney Golf Club
2012 Peter Senior (2)  Australia The Lakes Golf Club
2011 Greg Chalmers (2)  Australia The Lakes Golf Club
2010 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia The Lakes Golf Club
2009 Adam Scott  Australia New South Wales Golf Club
2008 Tim Clark  South Africa Royal Sydney Golf Club
2007 Craig Parry  Australia The Australian Golf Club
2006 John Senden  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
2005 Robert Allenby (2)  Australia Moonah Links
2004 Peter Lonard (2)  Australia The Australian Golf Club
2003 Peter Lonard  Australia Moonah Links
2002 Stephen Allan  Australia Victoria Golf Club
2001 Stuart Appleby  Australia The Grand Golf Club
2000 Aaron Baddeley (2)  Australia Kingston Heath Golf Club
1999 Aaron Baddeley (a)  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
1998 Greg Chalmers  Australia Royal Adelaide Golf Club
1997 Lee Westwood  England Metropolitan Golf Club
1996 Greg Norman (5)  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1995 Greg Norman (4)  Australia Kingston Heath Golf Club
1994 Robert Allenby  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
1993 Brad Faxon  United States Metropolitan Golf Club
1992 Steve Elkington  Australia The Lakes Golf Club
1991 Wayne Riley  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1990 John Morse  United States The Australian Golf Club
1989 Peter Senior  Australia Kingston Heath Golf Club
1988 Mark Calcavecchia  United States Royal Sydney Golf Club
1987 Greg Norman (3)  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1986 Rodger Davis  Australia Metropolitan Golf Club
1985 Greg Norman (2)  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1984 Tom Watson  United States Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1983 Peter Fowler  Australia Kingston Heath Golf Club
1982 Bob Shearer  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1981 Bill Rogers  United States Victoria Golf Club
1980 Greg Norman  Australia The Lakes Golf Club
1979 Jack Newton  Australia Metropolitan Golf Club
1978 Jack Nicklaus (6)  United States The Australian Golf Club
1977 David Graham  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1976 Jack Nicklaus (5)  United States The Australian Golf Club
1975 Jack Nicklaus (4)  United States The Australian Golf Club
1974 Gary Player (7)  South Africa Lake Karrinyup Country Club
1973 J. C. Snead  United States Royal Queensland Golf Club
1972 Peter Thomson (3)  Australia Kooyonga Golf Club
1971 Jack Nicklaus (3)  United States Royal Hobart Golf Club
1970 Gary Player (6)  South Africa Kingston Heath Golf Club
1969 Gary Player (5)  South Africa Royal Sydney Golf Club
1968 Jack Nicklaus (2)  United States Lake Karrinyup Country Club
1967 Peter Thomson (2)  Australia Commonwealth Golf Club
1966 Arnold Palmer  United States Royal Queensland Golf Club
1965 Gary Player (4)  South Africa Kooyonga Golf Club
1964 Jack Nicklaus  United States The Lakes Golf Club
1963 Gary Player (3)  South Africa Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1962 Gary Player (2)  South Africa Royal Adelaide Golf Club
1961 Frank Phillips (2)  Australia Victoria Golf Club
1960 Bruce Devlin (a)  Australia Lake Karrinyup Country Club
1959 Kel Nagle  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1958 Gary Player  South Africa Kooyonga Golf Club
1957 Frank Phillips  Australia Kingston Heath Golf Club
1956 Bruce Crampton  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
1955 Bobby Locke  South Africa Gailes Golf Club
1954 Ossie Pickworth (4)  Australia Kooyonga Golf Club
1953 Norman Von Nida (3)  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1952 Norman Von Nida (2)  Australia Lake Karrinyup Country Club
1951 Peter Thomson  Australia Metropolitan Golf Club
1950 Norman Von Nida  Australia Kooyonga Golf Club
1949 Eric Cremin  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1948 Ossie Pickworth (3)  Australia Kingston Heath Golf Club
1947 Ossie Pickworth (2)  Australia Royal Queensland Golf Club
1946 Ossie Pickworth  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
1940–45 No tournament - World War II
1939 Jim Ferrier (2) (a)  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1938 Jim Ferrier (a)  Australia Royal Adelaide Golf Club
1937 George Naismith  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1936 Gene Sarazen  United States Metropolitan Golf Club
1935 Fergus McMahon  Australia Royal Adelaide Golf Club
1934 Billy Bolger  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
1933 Lou Kelly  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1932 Mick Ryan (a)  Australia Royal Adelaide Golf Club
1931 Ivo Whitton (5) (a)  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1930 Frank Eyre  Australia Metropolitan Golf Club
1929 Ivo Whitton (4) (a)  Australia Royal Adelaide Golf Club
1928 Fred Popplewell (2)  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
1927 Rufus Stewart  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1926 Ivo Whitton (3) (a)  Australia Royal Adelaide Golf Club
1925 Fred Popplewell  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1924 Alex Russell (a)  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1923 Tom Howard  Australia Royal Adelaide Golf Club
1922 Charlie Campbell  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
1921 Arthur Le Fevre  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1920 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1914–19 No tournament - World War I
1913 Ivo Whitton (2) (a)  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1912 Ivo Whitton (a)  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1911 Carnegie Clark (3)  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
1910 Carnegie Clark (2)  Australia Royal Adelaide Golf Club
1909 Claude Felstead (a)  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1908 Clyde Pearce (a)  Australia The Australian Golf Club
1907 Michael Scott (2) (a)  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1906 Carnegie Clark  Australia Royal Sydney Golf Club
1905 Dan Soutar  Australia Royal Melbourne Golf Club
1904 Michael Scott (a)  Australia The Australian Golf Club

(a) denotes amateur

Multiple winners

As of the 2015 event, the following golfers have won the Australian Open more than once.

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