Volvo Golf Champions returns to South Africa
For the second year in a row,South Africawill host the Volvo Golf Champions which is the ultimate event on the international golf calendar where the champion of champions is crowned.
Taking place at the Durban Country Club from 10 – 13 January the prize fund for the Volvo Golf Champions stands at €2 million (approx. R22.5 million) for this third edition of the Volvo Golf Champions.
Now in its third edition, the Volvo Golf Champions is firmly established as a true Tournament of Champions featuring only players who have won during the previous year’s European Tour schedule and those players from an exclusive group who have ten or more European Tour career wins.
The Durban Country Club is a renowned Championship course with an impressive résumé having hosted the South African Open on no less than 17 occasions. It enjoys beautiful vistas overlooking theIndian Oceanand, with its undulating fairways, lush vegetation and sand dunes is considered one of the most unique and challenging courses in the world. It was recently voted one of the Top 100 golf courses in the World by Golf Magazine USA and is undoubtedly a shot maker’s course that players will have to think their way around.
The Championship will be contested over 72 holes, with all participants playing four rounds (there is no cut after 36 holes). Total prize money is €2 million (approx ZAR 22,500,000) with €350,000 (approx ZAR 4,000,000) going to the winner.*
The Volvo World Golf Challenge is Volvo’s global tournament for customers. This year, more than 30 countries are taking part, with 75 players making it all the way to the World Final. The most successful performers amongst the World Finalists get the chance to team up with the stars of the European Tour during the Volvo Golf Champions, live on television, in front of a worldwide audience of millions.
Volvo is one of the most prolific and longest serving supporters of world golf, with 25 years experience
in running world-class golf tournaments, and has title-sponsored over 125 professional golf tournaments.
Playing with the Pro's
On the Friday of the Volvo Golf Champions, the top finishers in the World Final of the Volvo World Golf Challenge – Volvo’s global event for customers – will play in the Tournament, with one amateur playing with two professionals in each group. The professionals will continue to play individual strokeplay format, while the amateurs will play in a team competition with both professionals in their group forming their team. The best two scores of the three team members on each hole will count towards the team total.
A strong Ryder Cup flavour dominates the entrants of the Volvo Golf Champions with winning 2010 and 2012 Captains, Colin Montgomerie and José María Olazábal qualifying as current Tour Members with more than ten European Tour victories along with the 2012 Vice Captain and 13-time winner on the European Tour, Thomas Björn. All are looking to use their experience to reignite their playing careers with a return to winning form at the famous Durban Country Club.
Nicolas Colsaerts, Paul Lawrie and Francesco Molinari, who all played a vital role in the winning 2012 Ryder Cup team at Medinah, will be aiming to build on their 2012 success with an early win in 2013 but the Europeans will face a tough task in the form of a formidable home challenge. They are joined by the European Tour’s most recent winner, Peter Hanson, who held of a spirited challenge from Rory McIlroy to win inShanghai at the weekend.
In January, six South Africans finished in the top ten of the 2012 Volvo Golf Champions and, once again, the home contingent will be very strong. The 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen has confirmed his entry having won twice in 2012 in South Africa and Malaysia. He joins South Africa’s rising star, Branden Grace, the defending champion and a four-time winner on the European Tour this year and two-time US Open winner Retief Goosen to head the list of home favourites.