The Magical Kenya Open will now take place between 12th and 15th of November 2020 at the Karen Country club after it was postponed earlier in the year.
The announcement by the Kenya Open Golf Limited and the European Tour comes barely a week after the Government eased on some of its guidelines in combating COVID 19.
The tournament was initially due scheduled for March 12th to 15th but was postponed after the Government effected a temporary ban on gatherings, conferences and sporting activities to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
The rescheduled Magical Kenya Open is part of the European Tour’s reshaped 2020 schedule, with all tournaments subject to the Tour’s stringent medical health strategy which are in line with the Government guidance in the countries the Tour visits.
Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman Peter Kanyago, highlighted the special relationship that the Kenya Open continues to have with the European Tour and the aim to grow the game of golf in Kenya and the region.
“The Kenya Open has been connected with the European Tour since the mid-1970s. We held the first designated full European Tour title event last year and we were all happy with the success. We would like to keep the momentum going by hosting the second European Tour event this year,” Kanyago said.
Kanyogo further said that being a European Tour event, “the Magical Kenya Open will be televised live all over the world just like it was last year. This will give the Kenyan tourism industry the impetus it requires to start rebuilding after the devastation caused by the global pandemic.”
The prize purse for the rescheduled Magical Kenya Open 2020 will be € 1,000,000 and is expected to have a field size of 144 players. Out of these, 12 will be from the 2019-2020 Safari Tour while there will be six amateur golfers selected by the Kenya Golf Union.
Ben Cowen, the European Tour’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer International, said, “We are very pleased to be able to keep the proud tradition of the Magical Kenya Open going this November. We look forward to working with Kenya Open Golf Limited, the tournament partners and everyone in the local region in staging another successful edition as part of our reshaped 2020 season.”