It will be the fifth time overall that the 6899m course will host the world’s second oldest national open, following last year’s event won by Morten Orum Madsen, and the 1997 (Vijay Singh), 1993 (Clinton Whitelaw) and 1989 (Fred Wadsworth) tournaments.
The 104th edition of the South African Open will be the first since 2010 for which the Sunshine Tour will hold the commercial rights, which is one of the reasons the tournament has moved from November to January, which will hopefully make it easier for the country’s top stars to participate.
The SA Open will now fill the spot in the calendar that had been taken by the winners-only Volvo Golf Champions, staged in Durban over the last two years.
“We are delighted that we can announce that the City of Ekurhuleni will remain on board as the host sponsor for the 104th SA Open and we thank the mayor, Cllr Mondli Gungubele, and his executive for their massive support of the SA Open and professional golf in South Africa. We are also very pleased to be able to return to the magnificent Glendower Golf Club for the second consecutive year,” Selwyn Nathan, the executive director of the Sunshine Tour, said yesterday.
“We are honoured to once again be the host city of the prestigious South African Open Championship and look forward to welcoming some of the very best golfers in the world to our aerotropolis. We are very proud to be involved with an event of this stature. For the past three years that we have been involved with the SA Open it has given our city such important exposure to so many decision-makers around the world – something that augurs well for our efforts to bring in investors from all over the world,” Gungubele said.
Marquee names for the tournament will be announced soon, according to the Sunshine Tour, and there are also plans afoot to ensure South Africa’s leading golfers play regularly in the South African Open.