Volvo Golf Champions to stay in S. Africa for 2013

The Volvo Golf Champions will stay in South Africa for at least

another year after the European Tour tournament was moved out of

Bahrain because of security concerns.

Organizers said Monday that the 2013 event will be held at

Durban Country Club on South Africa’s east coast from Jan. 10 to


Local favorite Branden Grace won this year’s version at the

Fancourt Links course in South Africa’s Western Cape after

organizers decided it couldn’t be held in Bahrain because of

instability in the Gulf state.

The decision to remain in South Africa adds to the country’s

growing golf portfolio after it was also awarded two new European

Tour events last month.

Bahrain’s ability to host sporting events was put in question

following problems at this year’s Formula One race.