Volvo Golf Champions

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Volvo Golf Champions
Fancourts Links.jpg
The Links at Fancourt (2011)
Tournament information
Location Durban, South Africa
Established 2011
Course(s) Durban Country Club
Par 72
Length 6,689 yards (6,116 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund US$4,000,000
Month played January
Final year 2014
Tournament record score
Aggregate 268 Paul Casey (2011)
To par −20 Paul Casey (2011)
Final champion
South Africa Louis Oosthuizen

The Volvo Golf Champions was an annual 72-hole stroke play men's professional golf tournament on the European Tour.[1] 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 tournament was created by Volvo, together with IMG and in conjunction with the European Tour Tournament Committee.


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:

  1. Players who had won during the previous year's European Tour schedule.
  2. Past winners of the Volvo Golf Champions under 50 years of age on the first day of the tournament.
  3. 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
Runner(s)-up Ref
2014 Louis Oosthuizen (2)  South Africa Durban Country Club, South Africa 276 −12 1 stroke South Africa Branden Grace
2013 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa Durban Country Club, South Africa 272 −16 1 stroke Scotland Scott Jamieson [2]
2012 Branden Grace  South Africa The Links at Fancourt, South Africa 280 −12 Playoff South Africa Ernie Els
South Africa Retief Goosen
2011 Paul Casey  England The Royal Golf Club, Bahrain 268 −20 1 stroke Sweden Peter Hanson
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez


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