Cape Town - Although the BMW South African Championship proudly hosted by
the City of Ekurhuleni is only being played from January 12-15, 2017 at
Glendower Golf Club, the announcement that former world No 1 Rory McIlroy
will be playing the tournament has caused something of a run on tickets.
who was involved in one of the great Ryder Cup clashes in the history of that
match - against Patrick Reed - has set South African fans’ tongues wagging with
his announcement that he will be in the field for the second-oldest national
open championship in the world.
immediately apparent on social media what a drawcard the 27-year-old from
Northern Ireland is, as golf fans discussed making arrangements to get to
Glendower, even though the first tee-off is more than three months away.
available from www.ticketpros.co.za,
and they range in price from R40 to R150. There is also the opportunity to
enter a lucky draw for the chance to be one of four guests allowed to walk
inside the ropes for an entire round with a group which will include either
McIlroy, Els, Retief Goosen or defending champion Brandon Stone. The winners
will be selected in a random draw which will take place on Wednesday,
last played in South Africa in the 2009 Nedbank Golf Challenge, when he had to
withdraw after the first round because he was suffering from a viral infection.
His last full tournament was the 2008 South African Open Championship in 2008
at Pearl Valley, where he finished in a share of third with Ernie Els behind
Els, who is
the player-host of the BMW SA Open, managed to get McIlroy to commit to playing
at Glendower when the Big Easy played in the 2015 Irish Open as a favour to
“Rory was very serious when I told him he owed me one at the Irish
Open,” said Els, “and I’m glad that he made the commitment so soon. His
presence will help the growth of the SA Open which has been doing so well over
the last few years.”