Victorian Open

The Men's Victorian Open is an annual golf tournament held in Australia. It was founded in 1957 and is the Victoria state open championship for men. It is run by Golf Victoria and is a Golf Australia national ranking event. In 2019 it received public recognition for its unique format and equal prize pool for men and women. The tournament's tag line is: "Men and women. On the same course. At the same time. For equal prize money." The men and women play on the same course at the same time in alternating groups.[1]

Victorian Open
Tournament information
LocationVictoria, Australia
Established1957
Course(s)13th Beach Golf Links (Beach Course and Creek Course)
Par71
Tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour (2019)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundA$1,500,000
Month playedFebruary
Tournament record score
Aggregate270 Scott Laycock (2001)
270 David Law (2019)
Current champion
David Law
13th Beach
Location in Australia

Since 2012, it has been held concurrently with the Women's Victorian Open.[2]

In 2013, the men's and women's Victorian Opens were held concurrently at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Victoria.

When the tournament moved to 13th Beach Golf Links in 2013 the combined prize pool was $300,000, with $150,000 on offer for each of the men's and women's fields.

In six years, the total prize pool has increased ten-fold, with the 2019 men's and women's Victorian Open fields to be playing for a total purse of $3 million ($1.5 million each).

Since 2009, the Victorian Open had been a Tier 2 event on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule, having previously been part of the Von Nida Tour. However, in 2017 it became a Tier 1 event attracting a minimum of 16 world ranking points for the winner, compared to the previous minimum of 6.

Starting in 2019, the event is now co-sanctioned by the European Tour, and will continue to be played alongside the Women's Victorian Open, now co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour. The event features a double cut, 65 players will remain after the first cut, then 35 players after the Saturday cut.[3] Due to the European Tour involvement, the winner now receives 20 OWGR ranking points. On 8 February 2019 player James Nitties matched the world record of nine consecutive birdies in the Victorian Open. His birdie run from the 15th to the fifth in the first round set a European Tour record and matched Mark Calcavecchia's feat in the 2009 Canadian Open.[4]

Winners

Co-sanctioned by PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour
YearWinnerCountryVenueScoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runners-up
ISPS Handa Vic Open
2019David Law Scotland13th Beach Golf Links270−181 stroke Brad Kennedy
Wade Ormsby
PGA Tour of Australasia event
YearWinnerCountryVenueScoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Oates Vic Open
2018Simon Hawkes Australia13th Beach Golf Links274−14Playoff Harrison Endycott
2017Dimitrios Papadatos Australia13th Beach Golf Links272−162 strokes Adam Bland
Jake McLeod
2016Michael Long New Zealand13th Beach Golf Links275−13Playoff Matthew Millar
2015Richard Green Australia13th Beach Golf Links272−16Playoff Nick Cullen
Oates Victorian Open Championship
2014Matthew Griffin Australia13th Beach Golf Links281−7Playoff Matthew Stieger
Victorian Open Championship
2013Matthew Giles Australia13th Beach Golf Links275−131 stroke Nathan Holman (a)
Ryan Lynch
2012Scott Arnold AustraliaSpring Valley272−121 stroke Kurt Barnes
2011Paul Sheehan AustraliaSpring Valley276−82 strokes Matthew Griffin
Subaru Victorian Open
2010Jason Norris AustraliaSpring Valley274−102 strokes Chris Campbell
2009Ashley Hall AustraliaSpring Valley278−102 strokes Scott Laycock
Craig Scott
Von Nida Tour event
YearWinnerCountryScoreVenue
2008No tournament
2007Kim Felton Australia280Woodlands
2006David Diaz Australia202[nb 1]Woodlands
2005Kurt Barnes Australia204[nb 1]Woodlands
2004Gareth Paddison New Zealand204[nb 1]Woodlands
2003No tournament
PGA Tour of Australasia event
YearWinnerCountryScoreVenue
2002Andre Stolz Australia274Sorrento / Portsea
2001Scott Laycock Australia270Cranbourne
2000Brad Lamb Australia278Cranbourne
1999Kenny Druce Australia275Victoria
1998Brad King Australia272Victoria
1997Stephen Leaney Australia280Victoria
1996No tournament
1995Stephen Leaney Australia283Victoria
1994Patrick Burke United States278Victoria
1993Lucas Parsons Australia276Woodlands
1992Ian Stanley Australia284Woodlands
1991Robert Allenby (Am) Australia287Woodlands
1990No tournament
1989Michael Clayton Australia285Kingston Heath
1988Jim Benepe United States282Kingston Heath
1987Roger Mackay Australia277Kingston Heath
1986Ossie Moore Australia280Yarra Yarra
1985Ian Baker-Finch Australia279Yarra Yarra
1984Greg Norman Australia281Metropolitan
1983Bob Shearer Australia282Metropolitan
1982Michael Clayton Australia281Metropolitan
1981Bill Dunk Australia277Metropolitan
1980Guy Wolstenholme Australia282Metropolitan
1979Rodger Davis Australia291Kingston Heath
1978Guy Wolstenholme Australia284Metropolitan
1977Geoffrey Parslow Australia275Yarra Yarra
1976Guy Wolstenholme Australia281Kingston Heath
1975Stewart Ginn Australia283Metropolitan
1974John Davis Australia284Huntingdale
1973Peter Thomson Australia284Yarra Yarra
1972Walter Godfrey New Zealand283Commonwealth
1971Guy Wolstenholme Australia289Woodlands
1970David Graham Australia273Riversdale
1969Kel Nagle Australia279Kingston Heath
1968Peter Thomson Australia288Huntingdale
1967Kel Nagle Australia283Yarra Yarra
1966Frank Phillips Australia284Riversdale
1965Alan Murray Australia291Royal Melbourne
1964Frank Phillips Australia278Victoria
1963Bruce Devlin Australia286Kingswood
1962Bruce Devlin Australia293Huntingdale
1961Alan Murray Australia290Commonwealth
1960Jack Harris Australia282Metropolitan
1959Gary Player South Africa275Yarra Yarra
1958Peter Thomson Australia289Kingston Heath
1957Ossie Pickworth Australia282Riversdale
  1. Tournament played over 54 holes from 2004 to 2006.

In 2018 Hawkes beat Endycott with a birdie at the first extra hole. In 2016 Long beat Millar with a birdie at the first extra hole. In 2015 Green beat Cullen with a birdie at the second extra hole. In 2014 Griffin beat Stieger with a birdie at the third extra hole.

References

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