NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Kenya Open Golf Championship has been
ratified as part of the prestigious European Tour and will
attract top international players including world top seed Rory
McIlroy, Patrick Reed, and Tommy Fleetwood.
The 2019 Kenya Open
Golf Championship, which will be held in Nairobi’s Karen Country
Club from March 14-17 will draw the interest of top golf talent
from across the globe and further boost the country’s sports
tourism and golf competition prospects.
Open Golf Limited (KOGL) have also confirmed a double increment
in the prize pack with a total of US Dollars 1.26 million on
offer to the winners. The tournament marked its 50 years this
KOGL Chairman Peter
Kanyago believes the event as part of the European Tour will see
Kenya entertain a larger profile of players who will improve the
quality of competition.
“Today, I am pleased
to announce that the Kenya Open Golf Championship, having been
ascertained to attain the requirements to join the European
Tour, has officially received the European Tour status and will
be part the worldwide golf circuit starting next year. We are
delighted to have achieved this milestone as we believe it will
propel the Kenya Open Golf Championship to the next level as we
embark on this new phase of the tournament,” said Kanyago said
in Nairobi on Tuesday.
The prize increase
also follows the announcement by President Uhuru Kenyatta in
March this year that the Government is increasing its commitment
towards the tournament.
support has seen the total prize kitty doubled from 570,850 U.S.
dollars to 1.26 million dollars. We believe that the tournament
will attract a higher caliber of top players from across the
globe - further raising the profile of the event,” said Kanyago.