Now that the 2016 Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open dates have been set, the next question is who is going to win it? Is it the “all dominating” South Africans (again) or is there one of the local golfers that is going to give us that “feel good performance” and close play in the top 5?
Mutare born Dean Burmester is the defending champion. He currently plays on the South African ticket.
Since inception of the tournament in 1984 Zimbabwe’s legends in Anderson Rusike, Tony Johnstone, Mark McNulty and Nick Price have won the trophy. Anderson Rusike won it in 1984 as an amateur and Tony Johnstone took it in 1993.
Mark McNulty was crowned champion in 1992 and 2000 while Nick Price won it in 1995, 1997 and 1998.
Zimbabweans share the winnings at 7 wins each with Great Britain. The British golfers to have won it are Malcom MacKenzie (1985), Stephen Bennet (1986), Gordon J Brand (1987), Roger Chapman (1988), Grant Turner (1990), Keith Waters (1991) and Chris Williams in 1994.
Fijian Vijay Singh won it in 1989.
Since the return of the Zimbabwe Open after a 10 year absence, the South African players have come and cleared all the stakes with the only golfer to have given Zimbabwe any real hope being Mark Cayeux by coming third in 2010. That top 5 finish has since not been matched in the subsequent years.
The Zimbabwe Open is a golf tournament on the Sunshine Tour. It was first played in 1984 and was part of what was known as the Safari Tour, a collection of events in Africa that were played by professionals based on the European Tour during their winter.
As a result, it became an event on the European-based Challenge Tour in 1991, where it remained for two seasons before moving onto the FNB Summer Tour, which became the Southern Africa Tour and later the Sunshine Tour.
When it was held in the weeks preceding the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the tournament attracted some of the world’s leading players, as they used it as a warm up to the big money invitational.
Past winners include major winners Vijay Singh and Nick Price, who along with Mark McNulty is the most successful player at the event, both men having recorded three victories. Ryder Cup player Gordon J Brand is also a past winner.
Due to lack of sponsorship the tournament was cancelled prior to the 2002 event. There were many attempts to resurrect the tournament, but none were successful until 2010. Since then, it has been a smooth sail for the vibrant Zimbabwe Open Committee
|Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open|
|2015||Royal Harare Golf Club||Dean Burmester||272 (−16)|
|2014||Royal Harare Golf Club||Jbe’ Kruger||270 (−18)|
|2013||Royal Harare Golf Club||Jake Roos||274 (−14)|
|2012||Royal Harare Golf Club||Chris Swanepoel||273 (−15)PO|
|Africom Zimbabwe Open|
|2011||Royal Harare Golf Club||Theunis Spangenberg||201 (−15)^|
|2010||Royal Harare Golf Club||Jbe’ Kruger||269 (−19)|
|CABS Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open|
|2001||Chapman Golf Club||Darren Fichardt||275 (−13)|
|2000||Royal Harare Golf Club||Mark McNulty||269 (−19)|
|1999||Chapman Golf Club||Jean Hugo||271 (−17)|
|1998||Royal Harare Golf Club||Nick Price||271 (−17)|
|1997||Chapman Golf Club||Nick Price||269 (−19)|
|1996||Chapman Golf Club||Mark McNulty||270 (−18)|
|1995||Royal Harare Golf Club||Nick Price||266 (−22)|
|1994||Royal Harare Golf Club||Chris Williams||272 (−16)PO|
|1993||Chapman Golf Club||Tony Johnstone||273 (−15)|
|1992||Royal Harare Golf Club||Mark McNulty||272 (−16)|
|1991||Chapman Golf Club||Keith Waters||282 (−6)PO|
|1990||Chapman Golf Club||Grant Turner|
|1989||Chapman Golf Club||Vijay Singh||282 (−6)|
|1988||Chapman Golf Club||Roger Chapman||275 (−6)*|
|1987||Royal Harare Golf Club||Gordon J. Brand||277 (−11)PO|
|1985||Chapman Golf Club||Malcolm MacKenzie||281 (−7)|
|1984||Royal Harare Golf Club||Anderson Rusike (am)|
^ – Weather shortened to 54 holes.
* – Two holes were unplayable on day one.
PO – Won after a playoff.
am – Amateur.