The Volvo Golf Champions, The European Tour’s elite ‘Tournament of Champions’, returns to SA in 2014. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen has confirmed his participation at the Durban Country Club from the 9th to 12th January 2014, with many more Champions of the European Tour to be added over the coming weeks.
To keep things ultra-competitive, the Volvo Golf Champions prize fund has been increased by more than 50% to USD 4 million (approximately USD 2.6 million in 2013), reinforcing the Championship’s position as one of the most prestigious tournaments on The European Tour International Schedule.
The exclusive, limited-field event of Champions who qualify for the 2014 Tournament will now enjoy a substantial head start over their peers at the beginning of the year. The elite group of players will battle it out for their share of the USD 4 million prize fund at the start of the season when so many players are looking to secure their entry into the other big events such as The Masters and stake their claim to a place on the 2014 European Ryder Cup team.
Every player in the field will be richly rewarded for participating, and the ultimate winner will receive a cheque for USD 700. This places the Volvo Golf Champions prize fund in the top ranks of the European Tour, excluding WGC events and Majors.
Louis Oosthuizen, confirmed to defend his title, commented on hearing the news, ‘It is fantastic for South Africa to get to host the European Tour’s ‘Tournament of Champions’ again. It is an impressive boost to the prize fund and I am delighted to be defending my title at the Durban Country Club – I love the course and enjoy the advantage of playing in front of my home crowd. I look forward to opening my season there very much.”
Only European Tour players who have won an event on the previous year’s International Schedule and current Tour Members with more than ten European Tour victories qualify and Tournament organisers IMG and Volvo will announce more of these players in the coming weeks once the 2013 season ends and entries open for the 2014 season tournaments.