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First played 
1893

Most wins
13, Gary Player between 1956-81

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 International Schedule)

Past winners
1997: Vijay Singh
1998: Ernie Els
1999: David Frost,
2000: Mathias Grönberg
2001: Mark McNulty,
2002: Tim Clark
2003: Trevor Immelman,
2004: Trevor Immelman
2005: Tim Clark
2006: Retief Goosen
2007: Ernie Els
2008: James Kingston
2009: Richard Sterne
2010: Richie Ramsay
2011: Ernie Els

Lowest 18 hole score
63 (-9), John Mellor, 2000, Malcolm Mackenzie, 2001, Trevor Immelman, 2007; 63 (-6), Retief Goosen (twice), Robert Dinwiddie, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Stuart Manley, Richard Sterne, JBE Kruger (all 2011).
(Note: All players who shot 63 in 2011 event, the par was reduced to 69 from 72 in rounds three and four)

Lowest first 18 hole score
64 (-8), Ernie Els, 1998, Carl Pettersson, 2002, Brett Rumford, 2004, Fabrizio Zanotti, 2009, Martin Erlandsson, 2010, Retief Goosen, Alex Cejka, 2011

Lowest first 36 hole score
130 (-14), Ernie Els, 2011

Lowest first 54 hole score
194 (-19), Ernie Els, 2011

Lowest 72 hole score
257 (-25), Ernie Els, 2011. (Par reduced to a 69 from a 72)

Lowest under par winning score
257 (-25), Ernie Els, 2011. (Par reduced to a 69 from a 72)

Lowest final round by a winner
63 (-6), Ernie Els, 2011 (Par reduced to a 69 from a 72)

Wire-to-wire-winners
None

Largest 18 hole lead
2 shots, Ernie Els, 1998, Carl Pettersson, 2002

Largest 36 hole lead
5 shots, Ross Fisher, 2006

Largest 54 hole lead
3 shots, Retief Goosen, 2006, Trevor Immelman, 2007

Largest winning margin
6 shots, Tim Clark, 2005

Biggest final round comeback by a winner
6 shots, Richard Sterne, 2009

Play-offs
Trevor Immelman beat Tim Clark, 2003
Richard Sterne beat Gareth Maybin, 2009
Richie Ramsay beat Shiv Kapur, 2010

Holes-in-one
Neil Homann, 1998 (Durban CC)
Paul McGinley, 1999 (Stellenbosch GC)
Anthony Wall, 1999, (Stellenbosch GC)
Henk Alberts (AM), 2000 (Randpark GC)
Hernan Rey, 2005 (Durban CC)
Richard Finch, 2007 (Humewood GC)
Callum Macualay, 2010 (Pearl Valley)
Richard Bland, 2011 (Durban CC)
Charl Schwartzel, 2011 (Durban CC)

Low cut 
141 (-3), 2011

Low cut 
154 (+8), 2006
153 (+9), 2008

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1ELS, ErnieRSA18-25
2GOOSEN, RetiefRSA18-24
3OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-21
4SCHWARTZEL, CharlRSA18-18
T5ROCK, RobertENG18-16
T5WATTEL, RomainFRA18-16
T7CEJKA, AlexGER18-15
T7RIU, VictorFRA18-15
T9OLESEN, ThorbjørnDEN18-14
T9DINWIDDIE, RobertENG18-14

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