Joburg Open gets underway

Johannesburg City Manager Mr Mavela AV Dlamini hit the ceremonial first tee shot of the 2011 Joburg Open on the first tee of the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

The event, now in its fifth year, is the richest event on the Sunshine Tour with its €1.3-million prize purse, and is the final event of a four-tournament swing by the European Tour through South Africa, marking the beginning of its 2011 Race to Dubai.

The first tournament in 2007 was won by Argentina’s Ariel Canete, while 2008 saw Richard Sterne of South Africa win it during his remarkable sweep of all three European Tour co-sanctioned events held in South Africa that year. Those wins saw him to a runaway victory in the Order of Merit in 2008.

The 2009 Joburg Open champion also ended up winning the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit: Dane Anders Hansen took the title by one stroke from Andrew McLardy.

Charl Schwartzel was a runaway winner of the 2010 Joburg Open, winning by six strokes from Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke and South African Keith Horne. Schwartzel also went to be a runaway winner of last year’s Order of Merit on the Sunshine Tour.

Public access
Tickets to the public will be available at the gate of the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Course. The ticket prices are as follows:

  • Thursday, 13th January 2011 – R30
  • Friday, 14th January 2011 – R30
  • Saturday, 15th January 2011 – R30
  • Sunday, 16th January 2011 – R30
  • Full event ticket (valid for all 4 days) – R80
  • Pensioners and children under the age of 16 – entrance is free
  • Public entrance ticket includes parking

    Public parking
    Public parking will be available at Huddle Park. Please follow directional signage to the parking areas.

    Public catering
    Public catering will be available during the tournament. The main public catering facility is located in the marquee next to the tournament first fairway on the East Course. A variety of meals, drinks and snacks will be available on sale.

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