After the resounding success of the inaugural Chase to the Investec Cup series which ended in the four-day Investec Cup tournament in March 2013, the 2013-14 series will now feature a lucrative bonus pool of R10-million, double that of 2013.
The winner of the 2014 Chase to the Investec Cup will win R3.5 million, with the second-placed finisher winning R950,000, and third R700,000, whilst 30th spot in the bonus pool pay-out will take home R50,000.
The Chase to the Investec Cup got underway at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open in April of this year. Ulrich van den Berg is currently leading the Chase, 15 tournaments in, with 640 points. This is just under 20 clear of Titch Moore. With 900 points available to winners of the European Tour co-sanctioned events on the Sunshine Tour summer calendar, there can still be dramatic changes to the top 30 as the Investec Cup in March 2014 looms closer and closer.
“It’s fantastic to be able to build on the success of last year’s Chase to the Investec Cup and we are very grateful to Investec for their huge commitment,” said Sunshine Tour executive director Selwyn Nathan (above left). “It’s an amazing opportunity for our players to build towards a big payday and, with the bonus pool doubling, I am sure we will see many of the foreign players who play on the Sunshine Tour staying on – especially since they can theoretically qualify for the final even with only a single points-earning event to their credit.”
Investec’s Sam Hackner (above right) commented, “Judging from the feedback we have received from our local players, and with the added incentive Investec has committed, we are confident that the Chase to the Investec Cup is fast becoming equal in stature to the Race to Dubai and the Fedex Cup.
“It is also a great bonus that we have received the status of an approved European Tour event, which will ensure the support of the European players,” added Hackner.