The Sunshine Tour announced a record-breaking sixth tournament co-sanctioned by the European Tour with the Tshwane Open to be played from 28 February to 3 March in 2013.
The Â1.5-million event will be the richest on the Sunshine Tour, which means the winner will earn a two-year exemption on the European Tour, and it will be played at The Els Club Copperleaf.
The City of Tshwane will use learnings from other cities that have hosted similar events to ensure that it implements world-class practices in staging a prestigious golf tournament.
ÂWe intend replicating international models in order to optimise our return on investment out of the event and achieve a higher yield on the socio-economic impact for the city,Â said city manager Jason Ngobeni.
The Tshwane Open joins the South African Open Championship, the Nelson Mandela Championship, the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the Africa Open and the Joburg Open as European Tour co-sanctioned event on the Sunshine Tour, making South Africa the country with the most European Tour events on the schedule.
The event means the Sunshine TourÂs summer schedule for 2012-2013 will be more exciting than ever as the co-sanctioned events like the Tshwane Open will attract some of the best players in the world.
Sunshine Tour executive director Selwyn Nathan expressed his satisfaction with the addition to the schedule. ÂIÂm particularly excited that we have another European Tour co-sanctioned event, as it shows the confidence one of the two major tours in the world has in us,Â he said.