The Volvo Golf Champions, The European Tour’s season-opening ‘Tournament of Champions’, will return to the Durban Country Club from 9th – 12th January. This exclusive, limited-field event with no halfway cut is open only to European Tour players who’ve won an event on the previous year’s International Schedule, as well as current Tour Members with more than ten European Tour victories.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has given the Volvo Golf Champions their unreserved backing as they seek to show the world KZN’s fabulous golf credentials. Durban Country Club was an outstanding venue in 2013 and the course has only improved since then, making certain that The European Tour’s leading golfers will find this historic venue in even better condition than before.
Per Ericsson, President of Volvo Event Management, said:
“We are very happy to be partnering with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, the Department for Sport and Recreation and the Department for Tourism again. As last year, we will host the World Final of the Volvo World Golf Challenge the same week as the Volvo Golf Champions where our customers can qualify to play with the pros during the tournament.”
Guy Kinnings, Global Head of Golf, IMG, the tournament’s co-owners, said:
“KwaZulu-Natal Province is a fantastic place to kick off the year and, having received no end of positive feedback from the players about their experiences during the Volvo Golf Champions this year, I know all the players will be delighted by this announcement.”
Michael Mabuyakhulu, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government said:
“The Volvo Golf Champions works perfectly with our strategy to showcase our golf tourism offering to the world, while giving our star players opportunities to compete in front of their home crowds.”
Deputy Minister of Tourism, South African Government, Tokozile Xasa, added:
“Through the Volvo Golf Champions, we are able to show the world the wonderful facilities we have to offer international visitors as the event is viewed by many millions around the world.”
The same week, the World Final of the Volvo World Golf Challenge – Volvo’s global tournament for customers – will be contested in Durban. In what is a genuine ‘money can’t buy’ experience, the top finishers from the World Final get the chance to play together with the stars of The European Tour on the Friday of the Volvo Golf Champions, live on television, in front of a worldwide audience of millions. It’s called ‘Playing with the Pros’ – an opportunity that exists nowhere else in golf.
26 November 2013 | My Durban