Leopard Creek will once again host the iconic Alfred Dunhill Championship after the tournament was confirmed to take place from 26-29 November.
The prestigious co-sanctioned championship will anchor a string of events in South Africa, hosted by the Sunshine Tour and European Tour as the golf returns to semi-normality after the Covid-19 break.
Unfortunately, no spectators will be allowed at the event and all players and staff members involved will have to adhere to strict health protocols from the South African government and the European Tour.
‘The Alfred Dunhill Championship is one of our flagship tournaments and we are extremely grateful to be able to announce it as part of our schedule, and with such a significant increase in prize money,’ said Thomas Abt, commissioner of the Sunshine Tour.
‘I would like to thank our chairman, Johann Rupert, for his unflinching support of our efforts to restart our Tour, and for Alfred Dunhill’s longstanding support of professional golf in South Africa.’
Last year’s winner, Pablo Larrazabal, already confirmed that he will be back at Leopard Creek to defend his title, following his famous win.
Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, also expressed his delight about the impending competition.
‘Our sincere thanks go to Johann Rupert and Alfred Dunhill for what is yet another significant commitment to golf and the longstanding partnership between the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour. Leopard Creek is one of the most unique venues on our Tour, and we are very much looking forward to returning there this year,’ he added.
On Tuesday, the Sunshine Tour also announced the return of the Joburg Open to officially mark the reintroduction of international golf to South Africa, with Randpark Golf Club set to host the event from 19-22 November.
It will be the first of a number of co-sanctioned events with the European Tour on home soil.