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Name: - Richard Sterne
Country: - South Africa
Born : - Aug 27, 1981 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Original Home/Club: -
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2001 (hcp +2)
Sponsor / Attachment: - Investec

Roll of Honour

Presidents Cup player (2013). Multiple wins on the Sunshine and European Tours. Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner (2008).


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Sterne established his golfing credentials as a dominant force in South Africa’s amateur scene. He became only the second player to win both the junior and senior South African stroke play and match play titles, an achievement previously recorded by Trevor Immelman. After turning professional in 2001, Sterne graduated to the main European Tour in 2003. He recorded his first title, the Madrid Open, in 2004. During the 2007 and 2008 seasons he recorded four more wins on the European Tour, three of them in events co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour. He was the Sunshine Tour's Order of Merit winner in 2008. Sterne's career temporarily stalled in 2010 and 2011, when back injuries forced him to miss most of both seasons. His four year winless streak ended in February 2013, with a wire-to-wire victory in the co-sanctioned Joburg Open.


Top tournaments won by Richard Sterne

2013Men AfricaJoburg OpenRoyal Johannesburg260 (-27)€206,050
Played as the Joburg Open (Feb 7-10; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Charl Schwartzel (RSA) finished 7 shots behind Sterne (RSA), who recorded his first win after 2 years blighted by back injury. [Final round: East Course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, RSA. Earlier rounds on East & West courses].
2008Men AfricaAlfred Dunhill Ch'shipLeopard Creek271 (-17)€158,500
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 11-14; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2009 season). Second-placed Robert Rock (Eng) and Johan Edfors (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Sterne (RSA). [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].
2008Men AfricaJoburg OpenRoyal Johannesburg271 (-13)€174,350
Played as the Joburg Open (Jan 10-13; Sunshine/Eurpn Trs event). Sterne (RSA) beat Garth Mulroy (RSA) and Magnus Carlsson (Swe) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Final round: East Course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, RSA. Earlier rounds on East & West courses].
2008Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Sunshine TrR5,599,264see Score
2008 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won by Sterne (RSA) with season earnings of R5,999,264. Garth Mulroy (RSA) was second with R1,442,350; Thomas Aiken (RSA) was third with R967,378. Robert Rock (Eng) recorded earnings of R1.2mill, but did not play the minimum of five tournaments to be ranked in the Order of Merit.
2008Men AfricaSouth African OpenPearl Valley274 (-14)€158,500
Played as the South African Open (Dec 18-21; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2009 season). Sterne (RSA) beat Gareth Maybin (N.Ire) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to win for the second straight week. Sterne recorded his third European Tour win on home soil in 2008, and became the eighth consecutive South African winner of the SA Open. [Pearl Valley G&CE, Paarl, Western Cape, RSA].
2007Men EuropeWales OpenCeltic Manor263 (-13)€368,812
Played as the Celtic Manor Wales Open (May 31-Jun 3). Second-placed Bradley Dredge (Wales), Mardan Mamat (Sing), Søren Kjeldsen (Den) and Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) finished 1 shot behind Sterne (RSA). [Roman Road course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales].
2005Men AfricaSouth African MastersWild Coast Sun269 (-11)R158,500
Played as the Nashua Masters (Feb 3-6; Sunshine Tr 2004/05 season). Second-placed Titch Moore (RSA) and Grant Muller (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Sterne (RSA), who claimed his first Sunshine Tour win. [Wild Coast Sun CC, Port Edward, Eastern Cape].
2004Men EuropeMadrid OpenClub de Campo, Madrid266 (-18)€166,660
Played as the Open de Madrid (Oct 21-24). Second-placed Anders Hansen (Den) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Sterne (RSA). [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain].

 

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