Ryder Cup winners to play Volvo Golf Champions
Ryder Cup-winning captain Jose Maria Olazabal and Europe team
members Nicolas Colsaerts, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari and
Peter Hanson will all play at the Volvo Golf Champions in South
Africa in January.
Olazabal and 2010 Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie have
qualified for the event by winning 10 or more career tournaments on
the European Tour.
Organizers also said Tuesday that the Volvo Golf Champions,
which will be held in South Africa for the second straight year,
will have total prize money of $2.6 million in 2013.
Thomas Bjorn and 2011 Volvo Golf Champions winner Paul Casey
will add to a strong European contingent at the Durban Country Club
from Jan. 10-13. Hanson, the Swede who won the BMW Masters in
Shanghai last weekend, also was one of the early entrants.
”The Volvo Golf Champions should make for a terrific start to
2013 and already, with this list of European Tour champions, the
field is shaping up well,” European Tour chief executive George
The first Volvo Golf Champions was held in Bahrain in 2011, but
was moved to South Africa this year because of security concerns in
the Gulf state following anti-government demonstrations. Branden
Grace of South Africa, who has won four times on the European Tour
this season, is the defending champion.
He will be joined by home contenders Louis Oosthuizen, the
former British Open champion, and two-time major winner Retief
The Volvo Golf Champions falls in the middle of a busy period
for South African golf. The country hosts seven European Tour
events between November and February and also has the big-money
Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City on the first weekend of