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Friday, 19 March 2010
General Stats
First played:
1893
Most wins:
13, Gary Player between 1956-1981
Consecutive wins:
5, Bobby Locke 1937-40 and 46, Gary Player 1965-69
Youngest winner:
Bobby Locke, 17 in 1935
Oldest winner:
Sid Brews, 53 in 1952

(Stats since 1997 when event became part of The European Tour)
Lowest 18 hole score:
63 (-9), John Mellor, 2000, Malcolm Mackenzie, 2001
Lowest first 18 hole score:
64 (-8), Ernie Els, 1998, Carl Pettersson, 2002
Lowest first 36 hole score:
133 (-11), James Kingston, 2002
Lowest first 54 hole score:
201 (-15), Vijay Singh, 1997
Lowest 72 hole score:
269 (-19), Tim Clark, 2002
Lowest under par winning score:
269 (-19), Tim Clark, 2002
Lowest final round by a winner:
65 (-7), Tim Clark, 2002
Wire-to-wire-winners:
None
Largest 18 hole lead:
2 shots, Ernie Els, 1998, Carl Pettersson, 2002
Largest 36 hole lead:
3 shots, Sven Strüver, 1999
Largest 54 hole lead:
2 shots, Vijay Singh, 1997, Hennie Otto, 2001, Tim Clark, 2002
Largest winning margin:
3 shots, Ernie Els, 1998
Biggest final round comeback by a winner:
5 shots, Mathias Grönberg, 2000
Play-offs:
None
Holes-in-one:
Neil Homann, 1998 (Durban CC)
Paul McGinley, 1999 (Stellenbosch GC)
Anthony Wall, 1999, (Stellenbosch GC)
Henk Alberts (AM), 2000 (Randpark GC)
High cut:
146 (+4), 1999
Low cut:
144 (Level), 2000, 02

INTERESTING FACTS
The South African Airways Open has a rich history stretching back to 1893 – making it the second oldest National Open Championship behind the Open Golf Championship which began in 1860. Ernivale will be staging its first Open, following on from the World Cup in 1996, when Ernie Els and Wayne Westner triumphed. Fellow South African Tim Clark will attempt to become the first player to defend his crown since Gary Player in 1977. In gaining his maiden European Tour International Schedule victory, in only his second Tour event, Clark also became the first qualifier to win on The European Tour since Paul Lawrie won the 128th Open Golf Championship in 1999.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T1IMMELMAN, TrevorRSA18-14
T1CLARK, TimRSA18-14
T3VAN DER WALT, TjaartRSA18-11
T3LINCOLN, BobbyRSA18-11
T3VAUGHAN, BradfordRSA18-11
T3HUGO, JeanRSA18-11
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