Volvo Golf Champions
The Links at Fancourt (2011)
|Location||Durban, South Africa|
|Course(s)||Durban Country Club|
|Length||6,689 yards (6,116 m)|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||268 Paul Casey (2011)|
|To par||−20 Paul Casey (2011)|
The Volvo Golf Champions was an annual 72-hole stroke play men's professional golf tournament on the European Tour. Following the inaugural tournament in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2011, the 2012 event was moved to the Southern hemisphere and the Fancourt Golf Resort in South Africa. In 2013 and 2014, it was played at the Durban Country Club in Durban, South Africa. The tournament was a unique "Tournament of Champions" style event which saw European Tour winners compete together with leading amateurs on one day of the tournament.
The Championship was contested over 72 holes, with all participants playing four rounds (there was no cut after 36 holes).
On Friday, the Volvo World Golf Challenge "World Finalists" played in the tournament, with one amateur playing with two professionals in each group. The professionals continued to play individual stroke play format, while the amateurs played in a team competition with both professionals in their group forming their team. The best two scores of the three team members on each hole counted towards the team total.
The Championship was open to players who had taken up the current year's European Tour Membership and who were eligible under the following categories:
- Players who had won during the previous year's European Tour schedule.
- Past winners of the Volvo Golf Champions under 50 years of age on the first day of the tournament.
- Players with 10 or more official Race to Dubai/European Tour Order of Merit tournament wins under 50 years of age on the first day of the tournament.
|Year||Venue||Winner||Country||Score||To par||Margin of
|2014||Louis Oosthuizen (2)||South Africa||Durban Country Club, South Africa||276||−12||1 stroke||Branden Grace|
|2013||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||Durban Country Club, South Africa||272||−16||1 stroke||Scott Jamieson|||
|2012||Branden Grace||South Africa||The Links at Fancourt, South Africa||280||−12||Playoff|| Ernie Els
|2011||Paul Casey||England||The Royal Golf Club, Bahrain||268||−20||1 stroke|| Peter Hanson
Miguel Ángel Jiménez
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- "Paul Casey wins first title for 20 months in Bahrain". BBC Sport. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.