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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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