The Joburg Open on the Sunshine Tour is set to make history as it becomes the first tri-sanctioned golf tournament on South African soil. The $1.2 million tournament will be co sanctioned by European Tour and Asian Tour as well and is scheduled to be played at Randpark Golf Club from Dec 7-10.
Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has confirmed his participation in the Joburg Open:
“I’m very excited to be supporting the growth of what is one of the premier tournaments in world golf. I’m a proud winner on all three tours and look forward to playing in Johannesburg again,”.
The tournament will once again form part of the Open Championship’s International Qualifying, offering three spots into the major for the leading three finishers in the top 10 who are not already exempt.
European Tour chief executive officer Keith Pelley welcomed the growth of the tournament:
“We have strong relationships with both the Sunshine Tour and the Asian Tour and this is another opportunity to showcase how this can be used to drive golf forward in the region and to ensure a stronger product that benefits all.
“We have had tremendous success tri-sanctioning with both tours before this, and so we look forward to building on this with a tournament which will form an integral part of the exciting opening to our 2018 schedule. We sincerely thank the City of Joburg for its continued support of this event.”
Herman Mashaba, executive mayor of the City of Joburg, said the changes reflect the Joburg Open’s original strategy to keep positioning the city to a global audience.
“We are thrilled to welcome on board the Asian Tour and excited at the new markets this affords us in terms of coverage of the Joburg Open. Our aim from the start with this tournament was to showcase all that Johannesburg has to offer, and to now include Asia in this is a big step forward for us.”