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New date for Kenya Open announced

Friday July 10 2020
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Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman Peter Kanyago (left) and tournament director Patrick Obath hold the winners award during media briefing on this year's Magical Kenya Open presented by ABSA at the Karen Country club on March 2, 2020. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LARRY NGALA

The Kenya Open Golf Limited has finally announced the new dates for the 2020 Magical Kenya Open golf championship.

The event, which is part of the European Tour and which had been scheduled for March 12 to 15 but was postponed because of Covid-19 virus, has now been rescheduled to take place from November 12 to 15 at Karen Country Club.

The European Tour has already included the tournament in the schedule of the 2020 second half. It will be taking place at the same time with the US Masters at Augusta USA. The Magical Kenya Open and the rest of the tournaments will be taking place subject to the Tour’s stringent medical health strategy which will evolve in line with government guidance in the countries the Tour visits.

In a press release on Friday, Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman Peter Kanyago, pointed out the special relationship that the Kenya Open continues to have with the European Tour and the aim of growing the game of golf in Kenya and the region.

“The Kenya Open has been connected with the European Tour since the mid-1970s. We held the first designated full European Tour title event last year and we were all happy with the success. We would like to keep the momentum going by hosting the second European Tour event this year,” said Kanyago.

“Being a European Tour event, the Magical Kenya Open will be televised live all over the world just like it was last year. This will give the Kenyan tourism industry the impetus it requires to start rebuilding after the devastation caused by the global pandemic as people all over the world see that our country is opening up,” added Kanyago.

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The prize purse for the rescheduled Magical Kenya Open 2020 will be Euro 1,000,000 and is expected to have a field size of 144 players out of which 12 will be Kenyans and three regional players drawn from the 2019-2020 Safari Tour as well as six amateur golfers selected by the Kenya Golf Union.

The Kenyans include professionals Dismas Indiza, Simon Ngige, Greg Snow, Erick Ooko, John Wangai, Rizwan Charania, Justus Madoya and Kopan Timbe. The three regional players will be Robson Chinhoi of Zimbabwe, Nigeria’s Andrew Oche Odoh and Philip Kasozi of Uganda.

Also in the local list will be five Kenyan amateurs namely Samuel Njoroge of Kenya Railway Golf Club who was the 2019 Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) series champion, Limuru’s Paul Muchangi (Kenya Match Play champion), South Africa based Daniel Nduva who finished second in the KAGC series, and two juniors Mutahi Kibugu and Taimur Malik of Muthaiga. The sixth amateur will be Tanzania’s, Victor Joseph who won the 2019 Kenya Amateur Stroke Play championship.

Ben Cowen, the European Tour’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer International, said: “We are very pleased to be able to keep the proud tradition of the Magical Kenya Open going this November.  We look forward to working with Kenya Open Golf Limited, the tournament partners and everyone in the local region in staging another successful edition as part of our reshaped 2020 season.”

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