Volvo Golf Champions
The Links at Fancourt, South Africa
January 19 – 22, 2012
For the third week in a row, the European Tour will be in South Africa. But, there are two things that are different this week. For starters, the defending champion is not a South African, and second, the event is not co-sanctioned with the Sunshine tour. This means you won`t see as many South African players this week as you did in the previous weeks.
This is only the second time this event is being played and, unfortunately, defending champion, Paul Casey, will be unable to play due to injury. Casey injured his shoulder while on holiday snowboarding. His injury was so severe that they thought he may need surgery – but that ended up not being the case. He will simply be sidelined for a few weeks until his shoulder recovers completely.
Paul Casey holds the tournament record of twenty under par while playing in Bahrain. This year’s event will be played in South Africa at a different course. This year’s course is The Links Course at Fancourt, which was designed by none other than South Africa`s Gary Player. This will be a real treat for the players considering that the course has been consistently featured in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World. Even more, many say it is the best links course located outside the UK and Ireland.
There is no doubt that there will be an amazing amount of talent here in South Africa battling it out for a win early on in the season. Just like the PGA Tour`s event in Hawaii, this event also features players that won last year on tour. So, to me, that means that there will be real stiff competition. I will have to go with Thomas Bjorn to win. He is my golf hero and just like me, he is from Denmark. I will be cheering for him the whole way.