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             *** PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open Preview ***
                            From The Sports Network

 Date: Thursday, February 10th through Sunday, February 13th
 Site: Gulf Harbour Country Club, Whangaparaoa, Hibiscus Coast, New Zealand
 Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr (1997)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 6,978
 Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 4 400 yds   10 - Par 4 400 yds
               2 - Par 5 524 yds   11 - Par 5 535 yds
               3 - Par 3 185 yds   12 - Par 4 312 yds
               4 - Par 4 423 yds   13 - Par 3 167 yds
               5 - Par 4 374 yds   14 - Par 4 456 yds
               6 - Par 5 519 yds   15 - Par 3 185 yds
               7 - Par 4 335 yds   16 - Par 4 464 yds
               8 - Par 3 177 yds   17 - Par 5 648 yds
               9 - Par 4 444 yds   18 - Par 4 430 yds
                   -------------        -------------
                    36 3,381 Yds         36 3,597 Yds

 Annual: 88th (1st for European Tour)
 Television: Golf Channel - Thursday to Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et) - tape delay
 Defending Champion: Terry Price
 Runner-Up: Brad Heaven
 Tournament Record: 262 (Rodger Davis, 1986)
 54-Hole Record: 194 (Rodger Davis, 1986)
 36-Hole Record: 129 (Peter Thomson, 1961; Rodger Davis, 1986)
 18-Hole Record: 62 (Rodger Davis, 1986 - Grange Golf Club;
                     Paul Gow, 2000 - Paraparaumu Beach)
 Total Purse: $1,056,188
 Shares: 1st Place - $200,116; 2nd Place - $113,399; 3rd Place - $75,047

                             2004 Finish
                             -----------

 Player                Score             Player                 Score
 ------                -----             ------                 -----
 Terry Price            271              Andrew Buckle           275
 Brad Heaven (a)        272              Adrian Percey           276
 Peter Senior           274              Wade Ormsby             276
 David Smail            274              Richard Best            276
 David Bransdon         275              Chris Downes            276

 a - Amateur

                      Past Holden New Zealand Open Winners
                      ------------------------------------

 Year  Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up
 ----  ----------------------------
 2004  Terry Price (271) -- Brad Heaven (a)
 2003  Mahal Pearce (278) -- Brett Rumford
 2002  Craig Parry (273) -- Michael Campbell, Steven Alker, Steven Leaney
 2001  David Smail -- Michael Campbell, Steven Alker
 2000  *Michael Campbell (269) -- Craig Perks
 1999  Not Held
 1998  Matthew Lane (279) -- Rod Pampling
 1997  Greg Turner (278) -- Jean-Luis Guepy, Andrew Coltart, Lucas Parsons
 1996  Michael Long (275) -- Peter O'Malley
 1995  Peter O'Malley (272) -- Scott Hoch
 1995  Lucas Parsons (282) -- Mike Clayton
 1993  Craig Jones (277) -- Frank Nobilo
 1992  Peter Fowler (274) -- Elliot Boult
 1991  Grant Waite (268) -- Grant Kenny, Peter Fowler
 1990  Rodger Davis (273) -- Frank Nobilo
 1989  Greg Turner (277) -- R. Gilkey
 1988  Ian Stanley (273) -- Mike Clayton
 1987  *Ronan Rafferty (279) -- Larry Nelson
 1986  Rodger Davis (262) -- Bob Shearer
 1985  Corey Pavin (277) -- Jeff Senior
 1984  Corey Pavin (269) -- Terry Gale
 1983  Ian Baker-Finch (280) -- Stuart Reese
 1982  Terry Gale (284) -- Bob Charles
 1981  Bob Shearer (285) -- Terry Gale
 1980  Buddy Allin (274) -- Eamonn Darcy
 1979  Stewart Ginn (278) -- Simon Owen
 1978  Bob Shearer (277) -- Brian Barnes
 1977  Bob Byman (290) -- Terry Gale
 1976  Simon Owen (284) -- D. McLelland
 1975  Bill Dunk (272) -- Bruce Fleisher, Bill Brask
 1974  *Bob Gilder (283) -- Bob Charles, Jack Newton
 1973  Bob Charles (283) -- Ian Stanley
 1972  Bill Dunk (279) -- Maurice Bembridge
 1971  Peter Thomson (276) -- Maurice Bembridge
 1970  Bob Charles (271) -- Graham Marsh
 1969  Kel Nagle (273) -- John Lister
 1968  Kel Nagle (272) -- Frank Phillips
 1967  Kel Nagle (275) -- E.A. Bell
 1966  Bob Charles (173) -- Gary Wolstenholme
 1965  Peter Thomson (178) -- Bob Charles, Kel Nagle
 1964  Kel Nagle (266) -- Frank Phillips
 1963  Bruce Devlin (273) -- Peter Thomson
 1962  Kel Nagle (281) -- Walter John Godfrey
 1961  Peter Thomson (267) -- Kel Nagle
 1960  Peter Thomson (281) -- Kel Nagle
 1959  *Peter Thomson (287) -- Kel Nagle
 1958  Kel Nagle (278) -- Peter Thomson
 1957  Kel Nagle (294) -- Peter Thomson
 1956  (a) R.W. Berwick (292) -- Bob Charles, S.J. Jones
 1955  Peter Thomson (280) -- Kel Nagle
 1954  (a) Bob Charles (280) -- Bruce Crampton
 1953  Peter Thomson (295) -- F.X. Buckler
 1952  Alex Murray (293) -- R.W. Berwick
 1951  Peter Thomson (288) -- D.L. Woon, F.X. Buckler
 1950  Peter Thomson (280) -- A. E. Guy
 1949  James Galloway (283) -- Bob Glading, L.B. Johnston
 1948  Alex Murray (294) -- B.M. Silk
 1947  (a) Bob Glading
 1946  *(a) Bob Glading (306) -- N.H. Fuller
 1945  Not Held (War time)
 1944  Not Held (War time)
 1943  Not Held (War time)
 1942  Not Held (War time)
 1941  Not Held (War time)
 1940  Not Held (War time)
 1939  (a) J.P. Hornabrook (291) -- A.J. Murray
 1938  A.D. Locke (288) -- B.J. Smith, A.J. Shaw
 1937  *(a) J.P. Hornabrook (299) -- A.J. Shaw, Ernie Moss
 1936  A.J. Shaw (292) -- T. Galloway, A.E. Guy
 1935  Alex Murray (286) -- A.J. Shaw
 1934  A.J. Shaw (288) -- N. Bell
 1933  *Ernie Moss (300) -- E.S. Douglas
 1932  A.J. Shaw (289) -- Arthur Duncan
 1931  A.J. Shaw (287) -- E. MacFarlane
 1930  A.J. Shaw (284) -- F. Rutter, J.D. McIntosh, D.C. Collins
 1929  A.J. Shaw (299) -- T.H. Horton
 1928  (a) Sloan Morpeth (303) -- A.J. Shaw
 1927  Ernie Moss (300) -- N. Bell, A.J. Shaw
 1926  *A.J. Shaw (307) -- Ernie Moss
 1925  (a) Ewen MacFarlane (308) -- J.D. McIntosh, A.J. Shaw
 1924  Ernie Moss (301) -- Arthur Duncan
 1923  A. Brooks (312) -- Jack Black, Arthur Duncan, F.G. Hood
 1922  A. Brooks (308) -- Jack Black
 1921  E.S. Douglas (302) -- E.J. Moss
 1920  J.H. Kirkwood (304) -- Sloan Morpeth
 1919  *E.S. Douglas (327) -- Sloan Morpeth
 1918  Not Held (World War I)
 1917  Not Held (World War I)
 1916  Not Held (World War I)
 1915  Not Held (World War I)
 1914  E.S. Douglas (313) -- Arthur Duncan
 1913  E.S. Douglas (303) -- R. Butters
 1912  J.A. Clements (322) -- B.B. Wood
 1911  (a) Arthur Duncan (319) -- J.C. Johnson
 1910  (a) Arthur Duncan (295) -- J.A. Clements
 1909  J.A. Clements (324) -- J.C. Bidwell
 1908  J.A. Clements (335) -- David Hood
 1907  (a) Arthur Duncan (159) -- J.C. Bidwill

 * - Won in playoff.
 a - Amateur.

 Note: The event was held twice in 1995.

                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------

                     2002  2003  2004
                     ----  ----  ----
 Terry Price         T-22  dnp   Won
 Brad Heaven         T-10  T-27  2nd
 Peter Senior        dnp   mc    T-3
 David Smail         dnp   T-17  T-3
 Chris Downes        T-29  T-3   T-7
 Wade Ormsby         dnp   T-5   T-7
 Wayne Grady         dnp   dnp   T-11
 Mahal Pearce        dnp   Won   mc
 Michael Campbell    T-2   T-9   mc
 Nick O'Hern         T-8   dnp   mc
 Craig Parry         Won   dnp   dnp
 Nick Dougherty      dnp   dnp   dnp
 Paul Lawrie         dnp   dnp   dnp

 Sports Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Nick O'Hern
 Darkhorse   - David Smail

 Last Week's Pick to Win (Ernie Els) - Finished 5th
 Last Week's Darkhorse (Michael Campbell) - Missed the cut

 NOTES:
      The  Holden New Zealand Open  is a  joint-sanctioned  event  between  the
 European  Tour and  the Australasian Tour and is featured on The International
 Schedule  for the first time in 2005. Amateur Brad Heaven was the story of the
 week  last year.  It looked like Heaven  would be the first amateur since R.W.
 Berwick in 1956 to win, however a late charge from Australian Terry Price left
 Heaven  in second place, one shot back. Heaven opened with rounds of 64-66 and
 held  a  four-shot lead over  Price after two  days, however a third-round 72,
 placed  him one back  with one round to play. Both players carded rounds of 70
 on  Sunday,  as Price won for  the first time  since 2002 when he captured two
 titles  in  Australia. Bob Charles  played in his  final New Zealand Open last
 year, commemorating his victory 50 years ago as an amateur. Charles missed the
 cut  shooting  rounds  of  74-71. New  Zealand's  top-ranked  golfer,  Michael
 Campbell  is in the field. Campbell won this event in 2000 and finished in 2nd
 in 2001 and 2002. Australian Peter Thomson won this event nine times (1950-51,
 '53,  '55,  '59-61, '65  and '71). Kel  Nagle was the  oldest champion of this
 event  when he  won in 1969 at the  age of 48 years and 11 months. Bob Charles
 was the youngest winner when he won at the age of 18 years and seven months in
 1954.  New Zealander Andy Shaw holds the record for most consecutive wins with
 four  (1929-32). Shaw also holds the record for largest winning margin when he
 won  by 18  shots in  1930. Ronan  Rafferty of  Northern Ireland  is the  only
 European  golfer to  have won this event (1987). Four Americans have won here:
 Bob  Gilder (1974),  Bob  Byman (1977),  Buddy Allin  (1980)  and Corey  Pavin
 (1984-85).  Pavin  was the last  back-to-back winner  of the New Zealand Open.
 This  year's  event carries a total  purse of $1,056,188, which is double last
 year's  purse. Gulf Harbour Country Club, which will be staging this event for
 the  first time, is  no stranger to world class golf having played host to the
 1998  World Cup of Golf, which was won by the English team of David Carter and
 Nick  Faldo.  The European Tour moves  to Malaysia next week for the Carlsberg
 Malaysian Open where Thongchai Jaidee is the defending champion.


 02/08 14:16:25 ET


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