The Sunshine Tour today confirmed that the Alfred Dunhill Championship will take place at Leopard Creek Golf Estate in the first week of December 2016.
In addition to being co-sanctioned by both the European and Sunshine Tours, this year’s edition of the popular four-round tournament, played on the highly rated golf course on the banks of the Crocodile River, will see the addition of 15 spots each in the starting line-up being made available to players from both the Asian and Australasian PGA Tours.
‘We are extremely grateful to Alfred Dunhill, our longest-serving sponsor on the Sunshine Tour, for confirming its commitment to our Tour. As has become traditional, the tournament will be the first on the 2016/2017 European Tour international series. Once again, we look forward to welcoming golfers from all around the world to experience this unique event,’ said Sunshine Tour executive director Selwyn Nathan.
In addition to the 30 professionals from Asia and Australasia, another innovation this year will be a nine-hole stroke-play tournament to be played on the Wednesday before the main event on the newly built par-three course at Leopard Creek where each hole represents some of the best holes from around the world. This unique pre-tournament event, which itself boasts substantial prize money, will be televised live worldwide and throughout Africa on SuperSport.
Past winners of the Alfred Dunhill Championship include the likes of Major winners Ernie Els and defending champion Charl Schwartzel, who also became one of the youngest-ever winners on the European Tour when he won the 2004 Alfred Dunhill Championship – the first time it was held at the iconic Leopard Creek Golf Estate.