Australian Golf Open 2022: Adrian Meronk, Ashleigh Buhai win

Poland’s Adrian Meronk put on a clinical display in the final round of the men’s 2022 ISPS HANDA Australian Open to reign supreme over Australian Adam Scott by five strokes.

Scott, the 2013 Masters winner and local hero, entered Sunday at Melbourne’s Victoria Golf Club with a one-shot lead over the Pole but a 2-over performance – starting with an opening bogey, then a double on the 17th – saw his chances of raising the Stonehaven Cup quickly evaporate.

Meronk, on the other hand, was dialed in from the first tee – birdying his first two holes, then capping off the incredible victory with an eagle on the Par 5 18th.

Overall, it was an impressive week from Poland’s most accomplished player, which yielded scores of 73, 66, 63 and 66.

The women’s tournament, played at the course as the men, was won by South African Ashleigh Buhai, who held out South Korea’s Jiyai Shin by a single stroke.

Shin, 34, entered the final round as the leader but four bogeys in her opening seven holes almost put her out of contention.

She had a putt on the 18th hole to force a play-off, but missed to the right, giving Buhai victory.

The pristine fairways at Victoria Golf Club.

Who won the 2022 Men’s Australian Golf Open?

Polish star Adrian Meronk won the 2022 Men’s Australian Golf Open with a final score of 14-under, five strokes clear of runner-up Adam Scott. It was the 29-year-old’s third professional victory.

The Pole had good form leading into the event, having won the 2022 Horizon Irish Open a few months earlier.

Who won the 2022 Women’s Australian Golf Open?

South African star Ashleigh Buhai won the 2022 Women’s Australian Golf Open with a final score of 12-under, one shot clear of runner-up Jiyai Shin.

The victory continued a dazzling year for the 33-year-old, who earlier scored her breakthrough major victory at the 2022 Women’s British Open at Muirfield in August.

How much was the prize money for the 2022 Australian Golf Open?

The prize money for the 2022 Australian Golf Open is the same for men and women players. The breakdown of the top 10 placings is as follows:

PositionPrize money

What is the name of the Australian Open Golf trophy?

At the Australian Golf Open, the men play for the Stonehaven Cup and the women play for the Patricia Bridges Bowl.

The silverware players were all vying for.

Did Cameron Smith play at the 2022 Australian Golf Open?

Yes, 2022 British Open winner Cameron Smith did play at the 2022 Australian Open, however missed the cut after his Saturday round and did not play on Sunday.

Smith only just scraped into the weekend having posted a total score of 2-over after his opening two rounds, which returned scores of 71 and 73.

The 29-year-old, who was a crowd favourite at the event, won the 2022 Australian PGA Championship in his home state of Brisbane a week earlier, which may have contributed to his performance.

Aussie Cameron Davis taking a practice swing.

Where did Min Woo Lee and Cameron Davis finish?

Aussie favourite Min Woo Lee finished third at the 2022 Australian Golf Open, while his countryman Cameron Davis did not make the final cut after finishing the opening three rounds at even par.

Davis, 27, is already a one-time PGA Tour winner – having won the Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2021 – and also featured in the International Team at the 2022 President’s Cup.

He had a strong crowd following around Victoria Golf Club during the three days he was playing.

Lee, 24, is already a two-time European Tour winner and also attracted plenty of fans to watch him across the tournament.

Aussie Adam Scott with caddy Steve Williams.
New Zealand star Ryan Fox walking the fairways.

Who were the most well-known players in the field?

At the men’s 2022 Australian Open, some of the most high-profile players included Australians Adam Scott, Cameron Smith (both major winners) and Marc Leishman, and New Zealander Ryan Fox. Some of the top women’s players included 2022 US Open winner, Aussie Minjee Lee and fellow countrywomen Karrie Webb and Hannah Green.

Where was the 2022 Australian Golf Open played?

The 2022 ISPS HANDA Australian Open was played at Victoria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club, located around 45 minutes south-east of Melbourne’s CBD.

Players split their rounds between both courses across the opening two days, with the weekend played at Victoria Golf Club.

The Alister MacKenzie designed Par 71 Victoria Golf Club is renowned as being one of the best in the country and is one of the crown jewels of Melbourne’s iconic sandbelt.

Across the four days of tournament play, the course was in pristine condition with immaculate fairways and lightning-fast greens.

While the fairways were of generous width, the main defences of Victoria Golf Club are the bunkering coupled with the raised greens (all of which, seemingly, had sharp runoffs at every edge).

During the Open, the biggest challenge for players was hitting their exact yardages off the tee – anything slightly long or short would be swallowed up by the bunkers, or awaiting swales.

The iconic Victoria Golf Club clubhouse.
The short Par 1 first hole was great to watch.

Can members of the public play Victoria Golf Club?

Victoria Golf Club is a private club, however interstate and overseas guests who are members of golf clubs can book tee times and play the course depending on availability.

Visitors also have the option of staying on course in beautiful rooms located within the picturesque clubhouse.

To book a round or accommodation, visit the club’s website.

Can members of the public play Kingston Heath Golf Club?

Kingston Heath Golf Club welcomes international visitors and members of other golf clubs onto the course, subject to availability. You must contact the golf club directly to book a tee time.

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