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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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South Africa Hosts the Tournament of Hope for a Decade


The Tournament of Hope, one of the world’s most generous golf events, will be hosted by South Africa for the next 10 years starting on November 2013. The contract was finalized after the International Federation of PGA Tours, the Sunshine Tour and SAIL, the event promoter, all confirmed to it. The event is expected to attract the world’s best golfers with prize money reaching up to US$8.5 million.

SAIL’s Michelle Van Eyden said, “The Tournament of Hope had long been agreed to in principal, but now that we have a signed contract with the International Federation of PGA Tours, confirming our 10-year hosting of the event, we can begin our preparations in earnest.”

The South African Open, the Nelson Mandela Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Championship completes the 2013 season following the Tournament of Hope. The host courses are yet to be announced.

Among the four major tournaments, the Tournament of Hope ranks first when it comes to total prize money. The prize difference is big enough to compare with the sum of the total prize money offered by other world golf championships. The Player’s Championship which awards $9.5 million is the only world golf tournament that offers more prize money compared to the Tournament of Hope.

Sunshine Tour’s Executive Director, Selwyn Nathan said, “We are confident that the world’s leading players will be in South Africa.”

Brand de Villiers, SAIL’s chairman, said, “Our vision is to ensure that this tournament becomes globally recognized as one of the top tournaments in the world and successfully positions South Africa to an international audience.”

“South African golf has long been one of the great success stories in the history of the global game. We now have the opportunity to match the success of our players with the staging of a major tournament that will keep this country at the forefront of international golf, and right in the minds of the almost 100-million television viewers worldwide who will be watching it,” de Villiers added.

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