• The South African Airways Open has a rich history and is the second oldest National Open Championship in the world, dating back to 1893, (that year it was played as an exhibition where it was first played in Port Elizabeth). Only The Open Championship, which started in 1860 is older.
• Defending champion, Richard Sterne was the first of eight multiple winners on the 2009 European Tour International Schedule, having claimed the Alfred Dunhill Championship the previous week.
• When Mattias Grönberg won in 2000 he became only the second European to win the South African Open, following Tommy Horton in 1970.
• The 1999 champion, David Frost created European Tour history when he triumphed at Stellenbosch by creating the biggest gap between victories – 14 years and 95 days, from when he won the 1984 Compagnie de Chauffe Cannes Open.
• South African golfers will aim to extend their run of consecutive home wins to nine, having claimed every South African Open Championship since 2002. Their eight successive victories is the most by any one nation of current European Tour events.
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