2014 Sunshine Tour

The 2014 Sunshine Tour was the 15th season of professional golf tournaments since the southern Africa based Sunshine Tour was relaunched in 2000, and the 8th since the tour switched a calendar based season in 2007. The Sunshine Tour represents the highest level of competition for male professional golfers in the region.

The tour is based predominantly in South Africa with other events being held in neighbouring countries, including Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Zambia and Namibia.


The table below shows the events for the 2014 Sunshine Tour season. As usual, the tour consists of two distinct parts, commonly referred to as the "Summer Swing" and the "Winter Swing". Tournaments held during the Summer Swing generally have much higher prize funds, attract stronger fields, and until 2012 were the only tournaments on the tour to carry world ranking points, with some events being co-sanctioned with the European Tour. Since the tour switched to a calendar based season, this part of the tour has been split in two, with some events being held at the start of the year, and the remainder in November and December.

The OWGR board announced adjustments to the points distribution starting in September 2014 and some events would get higher values of 7–11 points depending on strength of field. The first event under the new system was the Wild Coast leg of the Vodacom Origins of Golf, which received seven OWGR points.[1][2]

Prize funds shown do not count directly towards the Order of Merit. The number in brackets after each winner's name is the number of official money Sunshine Tour events he had won up to and including that tournament. This information is only shown for Sunshine Tour members.

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund Winner OWGR
6–9 Feb Joburg Open Johannesburg, Gauteng 1,300,000 South Africa George Coetzee (5) 20 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour
13–16 Feb Africa Open East London, Eastern Cape 1,000,000 South Africa Thomas Aiken (8) 20 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour
20–23 Feb Dimension Data Pro-Am George, Western Cape R3,750,000 Argentina Estanislao Goya (n/a) 14
27 Feb – 2 Mar Tshwane Open Tshwane, Gauteng 1,500,000 England Ross Fisher (n/a) 20 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour
20–23 Mar Investec Cup Rustenburg, North West R1,000,000 South Africa Trevor Fisher Jnr (8) 14
3–6 Apr Telkom Business PGA Championship Johannesburg, Gauteng R3,750,000 South Africa Titch Moore (8) 14
10–13 Apr Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open Zimbabwe R1,800,000 South Africa Jbe' Kruger (3) 14
7–10 May Investec Royal Swazi Open Swaziland R1,000,000 South Africa Danie van Tonder (1) 14
15–18 May Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open Zambia US$250,000 South Africa Wallie Coetsee (2) 14
23–25 May Lombard Insurance Classic Swaziland R900,000 South Africa Christiaan Basson (3) 6
5–8 Jun Zambia Sugar Open Zambia R1,200,000 South Africa Lyle Rowe (1) 14
25–27 Jun Vodacom Origins of Golf (Euphoria) Limpopo R600,000 South Africa Danie van Tonder (2) 6
2–4 Jul Sun City Challenge Sun City, North West R700,000 South Africa Dean Burmester (2) 6
23–25 Jul Vodacom Origins of Golf (Arabella) Western Cape R600,000 South Africa Jean Hugo (15) 4
30 Jul–1 Aug Vodacom Origins of Golf (St Francis) Eastern Cape R600,000 South Africa Keith Horne (6) 6
27–29 Aug Wild Waves Golf Challenge Kwazulu-Natal R700,000 South Africa Colin Nel (1) 6
3–5 Sep Vodacom Origins of Golf (Wild Coast) Eastern Cape R600,000 South Africa Louis de Jager (2) 7
1–3 Oct Vodacom Origins of Golf (Vaal de Grace) Parys R600,000 South Africa PH McIntyre (1) 4
8–10 Oct Sun Boardwalk Golf Challenge Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape R600,000 South Africa Titch Moore (9) 4
17–19 Oct BMG Classic Johannesburg, Gauteng R800,000 South Africa Merrick Bremner (4) 7
29–31 Oct Vodacom Origins of Golf Final Western Cape R650,000 South Africa Keith Horne (7) 4
4–6 Nov Nedbank Affinity Cup North West R750,000 South Africa Louis de Jager (3) 4
27–30 Nov Lion of Africa Cape Town Open Western Cape R1,500,000 South Africa Jaco Ahlers (2) 14
4–7 Dec Nedbank Golf Challenge North West $6,500,000 England Danny Willett (n/a) 38 Co-sanctioned with European Tour
11–14 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship Limpopo 1,500,000 South Africa Branden Grace (4) 22 Co-sanctioned with European Tour
8–11 Jan 2015 South African Open Championship Johannesburg, Gauteng R14,500,000 England Andy Sullivan (n/a) 32 Co-sanctioned with European Tour

Order of Merit

This shows the final Order of Merit leaders.

Rank Player Prize money (R)
1 South Africa Thomas Aiken 4,057,642
2 South Africa Danie van Tonder 3,900,386
3 South Africa George Coetzee 3,339,251
4 South Africa Charl Schwartzel 2,081,444
5 South Africa Trevor Fisher Jnr 2,052,708

Branden Grace (3.8 million), Ross Fisher (3.7 million), Louis Oosthuizen (2.7 million), and Andy Sullivan (2.4 million) did not play the minimum number of tournaments required (seven) to be ranked.

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