The very best in local golfing action is on show at the BMW SA Open this week

The BMW SA Open Championship tees off at Glendower Golf Club later this week. Proudly hosted by City of Ekurhuleni, the BMW SA Open is the largest golfing event in South Africa - with good reason!

Last year's event was highlighted by one of the world’s best players, Rory McIlroy, being in the field. The 2018 tournament, from 11th to 14th January, will see some of South Africa's best golfing professionals competing to ensure the title comes back to South Africa.

Ernie Els, the player host of the R15 million championship event, has five SA Open titles behind his name. He'll lead a formidable local challenge including two-time SA Open winner Retief Goosen, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, 2016 SA Open champion Brandon Stone, and European Tour winners Branden Grace, George Coetzee, Haydn Porteous, Dean Burmester, Darren Fichardt and Dylan Frittelli.

The tournament has always featured prominently in the careers of South Africa’s greatest golfers. It is the common thread running through all of their careers. To have such a strong local contingent going up against the European Tour’s finest professionals is a true celebration of what this championship stands for and the South African pride associated with it.

Alexander Baraka, GM for BMW Brand Management & Marketing Services

The 72 hole tournament is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour.

It is also the second oldest Open in golf. The first South African Open took place in 1903 and was contested over just 36 holes. In 1908 it was extended to become a 72-hole tournament.

The SA Open originally took place at Durban Country Club but moved to Ekurhuleni in 2011. Buy your BMW SA Open tickets at Ticketpro now to attend the popular event at Glendower Golf Course, proudly hosted by the city of Ekhuruleni.

Gary Player has been the most successful player in the tournament's history, with 13 victories over four decades between 1956 and 1981. Last year it was the competition between Rory McIlroy and Graeme Storm that dominated the final day narrative - a bogey-free 63 on the Friday and a bogey-free 67 on the Saturday resulted in a tie and a nail-biting playoff on the 18th hole. Storm held his nerve to take the title. This year the field promises to provide another action-packed event!

Park & ride facilities will be available from the Greenstone Mall for the duration of the BMW SA Open, hosted by the city of Ekurhuleni.


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