- As other sports activities start to creep out of the lockdown imposed by nations to curb the spread of pandemic coronavirus, the Magical Kenya Open sheds off its dust as the reschedule event set for November return.
The tournament that is part of the European Tour’s reshaped 2020 schedule was postponed following the Government of Kenya directives to curb the spread of the pandemic COVID-19.
The rescheduled Magical Kenya Open that was initially due to be played from March 12-15 at the same venue is expected to kick off in November.
The Chairman of the Kenya Open Golf Limited Peter Kanyago, while making this announcement, pointed out the special relationship that the Kenya Open with the European Tour and the continued aim of growing 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,” Peter Kanyago said.
“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 as people all over the world see that our country is opening up,” Kanyago added.
The event is expected to have a field size of 144 players, where 12 of this will be from the 2019-2020 Safari Tour and six from amateur golfers selected by the Kenya Golf Union. The event prize purse for the rescheduled Magical Kenya Open 2020 will be € 1,000,000.
Ben Cowen, the European Tour’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer International, could not hide his pleasure on the rescheduled event.
“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,” he said.