Cape Town - The City of Johannesburg is gearing up for one of
the most exciting professional golf events on the Sunshine Tour's calendar, when the 12th edition of the Joburg Open takes place from December 7-10
at a new venue, the Randpark Golf Club.
In a major change for the Joburg Open 2018,
the Asian Tour has been added as the third sanctioning tour to endorse the
Joburg Open along with longstanding PGA's the Sunshine Tour and European Tour.
now officially makes the Joburg Open the only tri-sanctioned tournament in
It also sees the field growing from 206 to
240 professionals, which means the stakes have been upped for the golfers
aiming to clinch the prestigious winners title.
The Joburg Open remains the only South
African tournament serving as an official qualifier for oldest major, The Open
Championship the following season, with the top three finishers receiving
qualification into The Open.
With some of the biggest names from the
three tours billed for the tournament, including the Sunshine Tour's Louis
Oosthuizen, alongside former tournament champions Richard Sterne, Haydn Porteus
and Darren Fichardt, residents of Johannesburg and golf lovers who attend the
tournament are guaranteed spectacular action on the fairways.
The 240 professionals will take to the
immaculate and championship conditioned greens at Firethorn and Bushwillow
courses at Randpark Golf Club starting Thursday, December 7 before the cut is
made at close of play on Friday.
The remaining 65 professionals (including
ties) proceed to the final two rounds, which will be played on Saturday and
Sunday at Firethorn Course.
Spectators who come to follow the
tournament at Randpark Golf Club or watch on SuperSport between 12:00 to 18:00.
The City of Joburg has pulled out all stops
to create an unusual and attractive public facility for all spectators coming
from all the corners of the world to follow the tournament.
The food-truck culture has become
synonymous with how Joburg residents spend their weekends and the City has
introduced this element into the Joburg Open, making it another cool hangout
for the weekend. In addition, beadmaker and entrepreneur NtoZinhle, who makes
beautifully crafted beadworks, will showcase and sell her pieces at a pop-up
shop at the tournament.
Public Access tickets can be purchased at
the Public Entrance at Arend Park on arrival at the Randpark Golf Club.
prices are R80 per day for Thursday and Friday, and R100 for Saturday and
Sunday, or R180 for the 4 days. Tickets can also be bought online at www.ticketpro.co.za.