New Zealand Open

The New Zealand Open is the premier men's golf tournament in New Zealand. Since 2014 it has been held as a pro-am in February or March. The 2019 champion was Zach Murray who finished two ahead of Josh Geary and Ashley Hall. The 2019 tournament was the 100th edition of the event.

New Zealand Open
Tournament information
LocationArrowtown, New Zealand
Course(s)The Hills Golf Club and
Millbrook Resort
Par72 and 71
Length6596m (The Hills)
6560m (Millbrook)
Tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
Asian Tour (2018–19)
Nationwide Tour (2009–10)
European Tour (2005–07)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundNZ$1,250,000
Tournament record score
Aggregate258 Daniel Nisbet (2018)
Current champion
Zach Murray
Location in New Zealand


The New Zealand Amateur Championship had been played since 1893 and at the 1906 championship meeting in Christchurch it was decided to hold a 36-hole Open Championship at the championship meeting in 1907, "open to any professional or amateur in any part of the world" with prizes of £25 and £10 for the leading professionals.[1] The 1907 championship meeting was held at Napier Golf Club. The first round of the Open was played on the morning of 10 September, the amateurs also competing in a club team event. The professional David Hood and amateur J. Carne Bidwell led with rounds of 80.[2] A handicap event was held on the following day and the second round of the Open was played on the morning of 12 September. The amateur Arthur Duncan had a second round of 76 to win with a score of 159, seven ahead of J. Carne Bidwell. The Scottish professional, Jack McLaren, finished third on 167 with David Hood fourth on 168. McLaren and Hood took the cash prizes of £25 and £10.[3][4]

In 1908 the tournament was extended to 72 holes, and was won by Joe Clements, the first notable New Zealand-born professional golfer. There were no Opens from 1915 to 1918 due to World War I and the championship was again cancelled from 1940 to 1945 due to World War II. The Jellicoe Cup was presented by Viscount Jellicoe, the second Governor-General of New Zealand, in 1924 and is awarded for the lowest round in the championship.[5]

In 1954 Bob Charles, who was later to become the only New Zealander to win a major championship in the 20th century, won as an 18-year-old amateur. He won again in 1966, 1971 and 1973, as a professional, and he and the two Australian major champions Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle dominated the event from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s. Other well known winners have included the American Corey Pavin in 1984 and 1985, and Michael Campbell in 2000. Campbell joined Charles as a major champion when he won the 2005 U.S. Open.

In 2002 Tiger Woods took part as a thank you to his New Zealand caddie Steve Williams, but he did not win. His participation caused some controversy when ticket prices were raised sharply that year.[6]

The New Zealand Open is a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament, and in 2005 was co-sanctioned for the first time by the European Tour, which led to a doubling of the prize fund to 1.5 million New Zealand Dollars. The European Tour had co-sanctioned PGA Tour of Australasia events before, but they had all been in Australia, making this the tour's first ever visit to New Zealand. In 2006 the event was moved to November, taking its place on the European Tour schedule for the following calendar year. The 2007 event was the last to be co-sanctioned by the European Tour, and with the tournament being rescheduled to March, there was also no New Zealand Open on the 2008 Australasian Tour. The 2009 and 2010 tournaments were also co-sanctioned by the Nationwide Tour, the official development tour of the PGA Tour. From 2011 to 2017 it was solely sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia while in 2018 it was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

Since 2014 the Championship has been a pro-am event. A professional field of 152 play with an amateur partner for the first two rounds, alternately at The Hills and Millbrook Resort before the second round cut of 60 and ties. From 2014 to 2016 and in 2019 the final two rounds of the championship were played at The Hills. In 2017 and 2018 they were played at Millbrook Resort. The New Zealand Pro-Am Championship runs alongside the main tournament in a best-ball format. After a second round cut, the top 40 pro-am pairs progress to the third round, with a further cut to the top 10 pairs who play in the final round.


Napier Golf ClubWaiohiki, Napier190719192
Otago Golf ClubMaori Hill, Dunedin190819717
Royal Auckland Golf ClubMiddlemore, Auckland190920039
Christchurch Golf ClubShirley, Christchurch1910198211
Wanganui Golf ClubBelmont links, Wanganui191119788
Royal Wellington Golf ClubHeretaunga, Wellington191219957
Hamilton Golf ClubSt Andrews, Hamilton192019756
Manawatu Golf ClubHokowhitu, Palmerston North192219735
Miramar Golf ClubMiramar, Wellington192619392
Titirangi Golf ClubTitirangi, Auckland193319623
New Plymouth Golf ClubFitzroy, New Plymouth193619804
Hastings Golf ClubMaraekakaho, Hastings194919491
Paraparaumu Beach Golf ClubParaparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu1959200212
Invercargill Golf ClubOtatara, Invercargill196019601
The Grange Golf ClubPapatoetoe, Auckland197020045
St Clair Golf ClubSt Clair, Dunedin197919791
Russley Golf ClubBurnside, Christchurch198519851
Remuera Golf ClubRemuera, Auckland199419941
Formosa Golf ClubBeachlands, Auckland199819981
Gulf Harbour Country ClubGulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa200520062
The Hills Golf ClubArrowtown, near Queenstown200720197 (+2)
Clearwater Golf ClubBelfast, Christchurch201120122
Millbrook ResortArrowtown, near Queenstown201420192 (+4)

Since 2014 the first two rounds have been played on two different courses, everyone playing one round on each course. After the cut, one of the courses is then used for the final two rounds. The number in brackets refers to the occasions where the course was just used for the first two rounds.



PGA Tour of Australasia and Asian Tour event
YearWinnerCountryVenue(s)ScoreTo parMargin
of victory
New Zealand Open
2019Zach Murray AustraliaThe Hills/Millbrook266−212 strokes Josh Geary
Ashley Hall
ISPS Handa New Zealand Open
2018Daniel Nisbet AustraliaMillbrook/The Hills258−272 strokes Terry Pilkadaris
PGA Tour of Australasia event
YearWinnerCountryVenue(s)ScoreTo parMargin
of victory
ISPS Handa New Zealand Open
2017Michael Hendry New ZealandMillbrook/The Hills266−19Playoff Ben Campbell
Brad Kennedy
BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open
2016Matthew Griffin AustraliaThe Hills/Millbrook267−201 stroke Hideto Tanihara
BMW New Zealand Open
2015Jordan Zunic AustraliaThe Hills/Millbrook266−211 stroke David Bransdon
New Zealand Open
2014Dimitrios Papadatos AustraliaThe Hills/Millbrook270−184 strokes Mark Brown
BMW New Zealand Open
2013No tournament (moved from November to February/March)
2012Jake Higginbottom (a) AustraliaClearwater281−71 stroke Jason Norris
Peter Wilson
2011Brad Kennedy AustraliaClearwater281−7Playoff Craig Parry
PGA Tour of Australasia and Nationwide Tour event
  • Bolded golfers received promotion to the PGA Tour at the end of the Nationwide Tour season.
YearWinnerCountryVenueScoreTo parMargin
of victory
Michael Hill New Zealand Open
2010Bobby Gates United StatesThe Hills274−141 stroke Andrew Dodt
2009Alex Prugh United StatesThe Hills269−193 strokes Martin Piller
PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour event
WinnerCountryVenueScoreTo parMargin
of victory
Michael Hill New Zealand Open
2008No tournament (moved from November/December to March)
20072008Richard Finch EnglandThe Hills274−143 strokes Steven Bowditch
Paul Sheehan
Blue Chip New Zealand Open
20062007Nathan Green AustraliaGulf Harbour279−52 strokes Michael Campbell
Nick Dougherty
Marcus Fraser
Jarrod Moseley
Wade Ormsby
Brett Rumford
Holden New Zealand Open
20052005Niclas Fasth SwedenGulf Harbour266−22Playoff Miles Tunnicliff
PGA Tour of Australasia event
of victory
Holden New Zealand Open
2004Terry Price AustraliaThe Grange271 (−9)1 stroke Brad Heaven (a)
2003Mahal Pearce New ZealandAuckland278 (−10)2 strokes Brett Rumford
Telstra New Zealand Open
2002Craig Parry AustraliaParaparaumu Beach273 (−11)1 stroke Steven Alker
Michael Campbell
Stephen Leaney
New Zealand Open
2001David Smail New ZealandThe Grange273 (−7)2 strokes Steven Alker
Michael Campbell
Roger Chapman
Nathan Gatehouse
Crown Lager New Zealand Open
2000Michael Campbell New ZealandParaparaumu Beach269 (−15)Playoff Craig Perks
New Zealand Open
1999No tournament (moved from December to January)
1998Matthew Lane New ZealandFormosa279 (−9)3 strokes Rod Pampling
AMP Air New Zealand Open
1997Greg Turner (2) New ZealandAuckland278 (−10)7 strokes Andrew Coltart
Jean-Louis Guepy
Lucas Parsons
1996Michael Long New ZealandParaparaumu Beach275 (−9)4 strokes Peter O'Malley
Peter O'Malley AustraliaThe Grange272 (−8)3 strokes Scott Hoch
Lucas Parsons AustraliaWellington282 (−6)1 stroke Michael Clayton
AMP New Zealand Open
1994Craig Jones AustraliaRemuera277 (−7)1 stroke Frank Nobilo
1993Peter Fowler AustraliaParaparaumu Beach274 (−10)2 strokes Elliot Boult
1992Grant Waite New ZealandParaparaumu Beach268 (−16)2 strokes Peter Fowler
Grant Kenny
1991Rodger Davis (2) AustraliaParaparaumu Beach273 (−11)2 strokes Frank Nobilo
1990No tournament (moved from November to March)
1989Greg Turner New ZealandParaparaumu Beach277 (−7)6 strokes Richard Gilkey
Nissan-Mobil New Zealand Open
1988Ian Stanley AustraliaParaparaumu Beach273 (−11)3 strokes Michael Clayton
1987Ronan Rafferty Northern IrelandWellington279 (−9)Playoff Larry Nelson
1986Rodger Davis AustraliaThe Grange262 (−18)8 strokes Bob Shearer
New Zealand Open
1985Corey Pavin (2) United StatesRussley277 (−15)4 strokes Jeff Senior
1984Corey Pavin United StatesParaparaumu Beach269 (−19)4 strokes Terry Gale
1983Ian Baker-Finch AustraliaAuckland280 (E)3 strokes Stuart Reese
1982Terry Gale AustraliaChristchurch284 (−4)2 strokes Bob Charles
1981Bob Shearer (2) AustraliaWellington285 (−3)3 strokes Terry Gale
1980Buddy Allin United StatesNew Plymouth274 (−14)1 stroke Eamonn Darcy
1979Stewart Ginn AustraliaSt Clair278 (−6)3 strokes Simon Owen
1978Bob Shearer AustraliaWanganui277 (−3)1 stroke Brian Barnes
1977Bob Byman United StatesAuckland290 (+6)1 stroke Terry Gale
1976Simon Owen New ZealandWellington284 (−8)7 strokes Doug McClelland
1975Bill Dunk (2) AustraliaHamilton272 (−16)4 strokes Bill Brask
Bruce Fleisher
1974Bob Gilder United StatesChristchurch283 (−5)Playoff Bob Charles
Jack Newton
1973Bob Charles (4) New ZealandManawatu283 (−5)4 strokes Ian Stanley
1972Bill Dunk AustraliaParaparaumu Beach279 (−5)1 stroke Maurice Bembridge
1971Peter Thomson (9) AustraliaOtago276 (−8)2 strokes Maurice Bembridge
1970Bob Charles (3) New ZealandThe Grange271 (−13)1 stroke Graham Marsh
1969Kel Nagle (7) AustraliaWanganui273 (−7)2 strokes John Lister
1968Kel Nagle (6) AustraliaChristchurch272 (−8)7 strokes Frank Phillips
1967Kel Nagle (5) AustraliaHamilton275 (−9)4 strokes Ted Ball
1966Bob Charles (2) New ZealandParaparaumu Beach273 (−19)13 strokes Gary Wolstenholme
1965Peter Thomson (8) AustraliaAuckland278 (−2)8 strokes Bob Charles
Kel Nagle
1964Kel Nagle (4) AustraliaChristchurch266 (−26)12 strokes Frank Phillips
1963Bruce Devlin AustraliaWanganui273 (−11)1 stroke Peter Thomson
1962Kel Nagle (3) AustraliaTitirangi2812 strokes Walter Godfrey (a)
1961Peter Thomson (7) AustraliaNew Plymouth2679 strokes Kel Nagle
1960Peter Thomson (6) AustraliaInvercargill281 (−3)1 stroke Kel Nagle
1959Peter Thomson (5) AustraliaParaparaumu Beach287 (−5)Playoff Kel Nagle
1958Kel Nagle (2) AustraliaHamilton2782 strokes Peter Thomson
1957Kel Nagle AustraliaManawatu2944 strokes Peter Thomson
1956Harry Berwick (a) AustraliaChristchurch2922 strokes Bob Charles
1955Peter Thomson (4) AustraliaAuckland280 (−8)10 strokes Kel Nagle
1954Bob Charles (a) New ZealandWellington2802 strokes Bruce Crampton
1953Peter Thomson (3) AustraliaOtago295 (+7)5 strokes Frank Buckler
1952Alex Murray (3) New ZealandWanganui2931 stroke Harry Berwick (a)
1951Peter Thomson (2) AustraliaTitirangi2884 strokes Frank Buckler
Tim Woon (a)
1950Peter Thomson AustraliaChristchurch2809 strokes Alf Guy
1949Jim Galloway New ZealandHastings2831 stroke Bob Glading
L B Johnston (a)
1948Alex Murray (2) New ZealandOtago2941 stroke Bryan Silk (a)
1947Bob Glading (a) (2) New ZealandNew Plymouth2913 strokes Alex Murray
1946Bob Glading (a) New ZealandManawatu306Playoff Norman Fuller
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939John Hornabrook (a) (2) New ZealandMiramar2913 strokes Alex Murray
1938Bobby Locke South AfricaOtago2883 strokes Andrew Shaw
Basil Smith, Jr.
1937John Hornabrook (a) New ZealandHamilton299Playoff Ernie Moss
Andrew Shaw
1936Andrew Shaw (7) New ZealandNew Plymouth2925 strokes Tom Galloway
Alf Guy
1935Alex Murray New ZealandChristchurch2862 strokes Andrew Shaw
1934Andrew Shaw (6) New ZealandWanganui2885 strokes Norrie Bell
1933Ernie Moss (3) New ZealandTitirangi300Playoff Ted Douglas
1932Andrew Shaw (5) New ZealandWellington2895 strokes Arthur Duncan (a)
1931Andrew Shaw (4) New ZealandChristchurch2871 stroke Ewen Macfarlane (a)
1930Andrew Shaw (3) New ZealandManawatu28418 strokes D C Collins (a)
Jock McIntosh
Fred Rutter
1929Andrew Shaw (2) New ZealandWanganui2993 strokes T H Horton (a)
1928Sloan Morpeth (a) New ZealandOtago3032 strokes Andrew Shaw
1927Ernie Moss (2) New ZealandHamilton3004 strokes Norrie Bell (a)
Andrew Shaw
1926Andrew Shaw New ZealandMiramar307Playoff Ernie Moss
1925Ewen Macfarlane (a) New ZealandChristchurch3082 strokes Jock McIntosh
Andrew Shaw
1924Ernie Moss New ZealandAuckland30110 strokes Arthur Duncan (a)
1923Arthur Brooks (2) New ZealandWanganui3122 strokes Jack Black (a)
Joe Clements
Arthur Duncan (a)
Fred Hood
1922Arthur Brooks New ZealandManawatu3081 stroke Jack Black (a)
1921Ted Douglas (4) ScotlandChristchurch3029 strokes Ernie Moss
1920Joe Kirkwood, Sr. AustraliaHamilton30411 strokes Arthur East
Sloan Morpeth (a)
1919Ted Douglas (3) ScotlandNapier327Playoff Sloan Morpeth (a)
1915–18: No tournament due to World War I
1914Ted Douglas (2) ScotlandAuckland3132 strokes Arthur Duncan (a)
1913Ted Douglas ScotlandOtago3039 strokes Reg Butters
1912Joe Clements (3) New ZealandWellington3223 strokes B. B. Wood (a)
1911Arthur Duncan (a) (3) New ZealandWanganui3193 strokes J C Johnson
1910Arthur Duncan (a) (2) New ZealandChristchurch29511 strokes Joe Clements
1909Joe Clements (2) New ZealandAuckland3246 strokes J Carne Bidwell (a)
1908Joe Clements New ZealandOtago3351 stroke David Hood
1907Arthur Duncan (a) New ZealandNapier1597 strokes J Carne Bidwell (a)

In 2017 Hendry won with a par at the first extra hole. In 2011 Kennedy won with a birdie on the first extra hole. In 2005 Fasth won with a birdie on the second extra hole. In 2000 Campbell won with an eagle on the second extra hole. In 1987 Rafferty won with a par on the seventh extra hole. In 1974 Gilder won with a birdie on the third extra hole. Newton had been eliminated by at the second extra hole when he failed to make par. In 1959 Thomson beat Nagle 67 to 73 in an 18-hole playoff. In 1937 Hornabrook scored 73 in the 18-hole playoff, beating Moss (75) and Shaw (76). In 1933 Moss beat Douglas 146 to 155 in a 36-hole playoff. In 1926 Shaw beat Moss 76 to 80 in an 18-hole playoff. In 1919 Douglas beat Morpeth 82 to 85 in an 18-hole playoff.

  • (a) denotes amateur

Bledisloe Cup winners

The Bledisloe Cup was presented by Lord Bledisloe, the fourth Governor-General, in 1934 and is awarded to the leading amateur.[10][11]

  • 1934 Bryan Silk
  • 1935 Arthur Duncan
  • 1936 Bryan Silk
  • 1937 John Hornabrook
  • 1938 Tony Gibbs
  • 1939 John Hornabrook
  • 1946 Bob Glading
  • 1947 Bob Glading
  • 1948 Bryan Silk
  • 1949 L.B. Johnston
  • 1950 Tim Woon
  • 1951 Tim Woon
  • 1952 Harry Berwick
  • 1953 Tim Woon
  • 1954 Bob Charles
  • 1955 Stuart Jones
  • 1956 Harry Berwick
  • 1957 Bob Charles
  • 1958 Ross Murray
  • 1959 Stuart Jones
  • 1960 Stuart Jones
  • 1961 John Durry
  • 1962 Walter Godfrey
  • 1963 Bryan Silk
  • 1964 Peter Rankin
  • 1965 Ross Murray
  • 1966 John Durry
  • 1967 Ted McDougall
  • 1968 R.M. Farrant
  • 1969 J.M. Lacy
  • 1970 Ted McDougall
  • 1971 Geoff Clarke
  • 1972 Chris Alldred
  • 1973 Stuart Jones
  • 1974 D.L. Beggs, Stuart Reese
  • 1975 Rick Barker
  • 1976 Geoff Saunders
  • 1977 David Meredith
  • 1978 Phil Mosley
  • 1979 Michael Atkinson, Phil Aickin
  • 1980 Phil Aickin
  • 1981 Phil Aickin
  • 1982 John Williamson
  • 1983 Peter Creighton
  • 1984 Paul Devenport
  • 1985 Owen Kendall
  • 1986 Michael Barltrop, Glen Goldfinch
  • 1987 P. Fox
  • 1988 Phil Tataurangi
  • 1989 Steven Alker
  • 1991 Tony Christie
  • 1992 Grant Moorhead
  • 1993 Richard Lee, Phil Tataurangi
  • 1994 Glen Goldfinch
  • 1995 (Jan) Mark Brown
  • 1995 (Dec) Mark Brown
  • 1996 Brad Heaven
  • 1997 David Somervaille
  • 1998 Reon Sayer
  • 2000 Aaron Baddeley
  • 2001 Eddie Lee
  • 2002 Adam Groom
  • 2003 Chris Johns
  • 2004 Brad Heaven
  • 2005 Josh Geary
  • 2006 James Gill, Troy Ropina
  • 2007 Danny Lee
  • 2009 Thomas Spearman-Burn
  • 2010 Matt Jager
  • 2011 Jake Higginbottom
  • 2012 Jake Higginbottom
  • 2014 Jordan Bakermans
  • 2015 Joshua Munn
  • 2016 Daniel Hillier
  • 2017 Ryan Chisnall
  • 2018 Daniel Hillier
  • 2019 Lee Jang-hyun


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