Chase to Investec Cup heats up

The Sunshine Tour’s summer goes into full swing at the South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club this week, where a treasure-trove of Chase to the Investec Cup points are on offer.


The Investec Cup tournament is a 30-man tournament due to be held in March 2014. Qualification for the event is determined through a points system that incorporates 21 regular-season Sunshine Tour events, beginning with the Zimbabwe Open and ending at the Telkom PGA Championship.


The points on offer vary based on the prize fund and scale of the tournament, and events co-sanctioned with the European Tour such as the SA Open Championship offer up a massive 10,000 points, 900 of which go to the winner.


Currently leading the chase on 760 points after 11 events is Ulrich van den Berg, but his total is 140 points less than the winner of the SA Open will receive. Clearly the co-sanctioned events of the summer will raise the chase’s tempo.


Added to this is the R3,5-million bonus out of a pool of R10-million that goes to the total points winner on conclusion of the Investec Cup tournament, which itself offers up 15,000 points in total and 1,500 to the winner. The bonus-pool will be shared between the final 30 points leaders.


The six biggest points tournaments are the SA Open Championship, the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the Nelson Mandela Championship, the Joburg Open, the Africa Open and the Tshwane Open. All are co-sanctioned events and the points will entice big names to play the Investec Cup in March.


“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,” said Investec’s Sam Hackner.


The inaugural Chase to the Investec Cup, which concluded in March this year, was a resounding success and included players such as Richard Sterne and Darren Fichardt. Jaco van Zyl won the tournament and went on to claim the Investec Cup.


This year the stakes have been raised and the players, both local and international, must look to the summer in order to find a spot at this lucrative event.


“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,” said Sunshine Tour CEO Selwyn Nathan.


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