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World Top Golfers Goes to Durban

2013 Volvo Golf ChampionshipCaptain Jose Maria Olazabal and the rest of the European team who won the Ryder Cup will head to Durban for the 72-hole Volvo Golf Championship from January 10 to 13, 2013. Nicolas Colsaerts, Francesco Molinari, Paul Lawrie and Thomas Bjorn complete the line-up of the team.

Defending champion Branden Grace of South Africa has already confirmed his participation in the event. The 24-year-old golfer also won this year’s European Tour defeating Ernie Els and Retief Goosen at the Fancourt Resort. He also bagged the 2012 Volvo China Open victory and currently stands number 4 in the European money list, ranking after Rory McIlroy, Peter Hanson and Justin Rose.

Grace’s fellow South Africans Goosen and Louis Oosthuizen will also be at the Durban Country Club for the said tournament. Oosthuizen is this year’s runner-up at the US Masters. Els, Darren Fichardt and Jbe’ Kruger are all expected to participate though there is no confirmation yet as of this writing.

Volvo Golf Championship is open only for this year’s European Tour winners as well as professional golfers who have won more than ten European Tour events according to Volvo Events Management President Per Ericsson.

Colin Montgomerie, former Ryder Captain, and English golfer Paul Casey have both confirmed their participation. However, defending Nedbank Golf Challenge winner Lee Westwood already declined the invitation due to a family commitment.

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Volvo World Match Play Will be in Bulgaria

2013 volvo world match playNext year’s Volvo World Match Play Championship of the European Tour will be held for the first time in Bulgaria. The tournament scheduled on May 16-19, 2013 will be held at the Thracian Cliffs. This golf course was designed by Gary Player and is situated beside the Black Sea.

The Volvo World Match Play took place at Wentworth from 1964 to 2007 and shifted to Finca Cortesin, Spain about three years ago. Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts won the past two tournaments where the number of competitors also increased into 24 players.

“We are delighted to be working with the Bulgarian Government and the Bulgarian Golf Association and are thrilled that they have committed their support to this prestigious and historic championship,” says Per Ericsson. He is the president of Volvo event management.

Ericsson also added, “We will announce future venues in due course and while our focus is firmly on delivering a magnificent 2013 championship as our inaugural event at Thracian Cliffs, we then plan to rotate the Volvo World Match Play Championship between a few very special venues around the world,”

Boyko Borissov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, is very excited that the European tournament is about to happen in his country. He said, “This is a real coup for Bulgaria being chosen to host such a prestigious international tournament with a rich heritage and sporting traditions. The vast media coverage will deliver a reputable boost for Bulgaria and our tourism industry. The recent growth of golf in our country will have the opportunity to be showcased around the world.”

Colsaerts said, “I’ve never been to Bulgaria, but I’ve heard great things about the country and Thracian Cliffs and I can’t wait to defend my title there in May next year.” Holding the record of 2011 Volvo China Open and 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championships, he looks forward to winning the 2013 event as well.

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Golf Equipment Forecast for 2013


With just a quarter left until 2012 becomes over, anticipations and speculations keep on rising as to what comes next in the golf equipment industry. Golf equipment manufacturers usually launch new line of products around the end of January in time for the National PGA Convention but here is a strong forecast for next year’s new line of golf equipment.

TaylorMade may probably launch an improved version of the ‘R’ driver. Their latest driver, the R11, could be followed by an R13 which may sound as unlucky number for some but with TaylorMade’s clever marketing techniques, they can turn the ‘unlucky’ concept of number 13 into a lucky and profitable one. The company may also come out with updated versions of their fairway woods and hybrid line, the RocketBallz.

There will be a new product line of drivers, fairways and hybrids by Nike Golf. In fact, we can foresee two new lines: one line for the low-score playing golfers and another line for the high-scoring players. A new equipment will be launched to augment the corresponding skills of each player. Adding world number one golfer Rory McIlroy in the roster of the company’s endorsers will also boost the sales and prestige of Nike Golf.

Callaway is anticipated to release an update to their booming driver line, the RAZR-Fit. With several colors to choose from, the new drivers are foreseen to combine the sporty and fashion sense of the golfers. They will also release the X Proto Hybrid which has been used and tested by Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els in this year’s PGA Tour.

The AMP Driver of the Cobra Golf is expected to be overtaken by its updated version, the AMP Cell Driver. With four different colors available in the market, the AMP Cell Driver also features a wrench that can be adjusted to vary the loft angles from 8.5 to 11.5 degrees. Another product from this company is the Cobra AMP Cell Pro Driver which features an adjustable loft angle from 7.5 to 10.5 degrees and an upgraded tour-level shaft.

Having all these in anticipation, to experience the 2013 line of golf equipment is indeed exciting.

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