Magical Kenya Open set for November
Initially, the second edition of the Magical Kenya Open had been slated for March 12-15 at the same venue, but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic that led to cancellation of all sporting events across the world.
Organizers of the Magical Kenya Open have announced the rescheduling of the tournament that will now be held between November 12 and 15 at the Karen Country Club.
The Kenya Open Golf Limited and the European Tour announced the new development on Friday, July 10.
Initially, the second edition of the Magical Kenya Open had been slated for March 12-15 at the same venue, but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic that led to cancellation of all sporting events across the world. The first designated full European Tour title event in Kenya was held in 2019.
The showpiece is part of the European Tour’s redrafted 2020 schedule, with all tournaments subject to the Tour’s stringent medical health strategy which will evolve in line with government guidance in the countries the Tour visits.
Peter Kanyago, the Chairman of the KOG Limited pointed out the special relationship that the Kenya Open continues to enjoy since the mid 1970s with the European Tour with the aim of growing the game of golf in Kenya and the region.
He said: "We were all happy with the success. We would like to keep the momentum going this year."
"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 Covid-19 pandemic," added Kanyago.
The prize money kitty for the rescheduled Magical Kenya Open 2020 will be 1,000,000 Euros. The tournament anticipates an entry of 144 players, 12 of whom will be drawn from the 2019-2020 Safari Tour and 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."