Somerset West - Sun International have announced that the winner of the 2014 Lion of Africa Cape Town Open, to be played
from November 27-30, will receive direct entry into this year’s $6.5 million
Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Confirming the windfall for a local tournament, Nedbank Golf
Challenge Tournament Director Alastair Roper said the change in one of the
criteria for eligibility for ‘Africa’s Major’ was brought about by the change
of date for the South African Open Championship announced earlier in the day.
“One way into the tournament in its new 30-man format last
year was to win the South African Open,” said Roper, “and that’s how 2013 SA
Open champion Morten Orum Madsen got in.
“With the change in the Sunshine Tour schedule, the Cape
Town Open has moved into the old SA Open slot, and I’m thrilled that we will be
giving a form player from the Sunshine Tour a shot at competing with some of
the best players in the world.”
The incentive will give players in the Cape Town Open extra
motivation to perform well: Over and above the prize-money for the tournament
and the Chase to the Investec Cup points up for grabs, the last-placed finisher
in the Nedbank Golf Challenge takes home $100,000.
“It’s great for the tournament,” said Sunshine Tour Chief Operating
Officer Grant Wilson, “because it will attract some players who might
ordinarily choose to play elsewhere. And, thanks to Sun International’s and
Nedbank’s generosity, there is every chance that a Sunshine Tour professional
who has been working hard all year back home has a shot at playing in one of
the biggest tournaments in the world.”
The two men who have won the Cape Town Open since its
inception in 2012 are Jake Roos and Tjaart van der Walt, and they, together
with the form players from the home front on the Sunshine Tour, as well as some
of the players who have been campaigning on the European Tour, will now have
their eyes on the Nedbank Golf Challenge prize.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place from December
4-7 at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City.