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World Class field attending South African Open

The South African Open Championship, taking place from 18 to 21 December, is to welcome a world-class field of players to Pearl Valley Golf Estates for the 2008 event. European Tour Order of Merit holder Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Jeev Milkha Singh, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy will join a strong field of South African players including Ernie Els and Retief Goosen – as well as, of course, reigning champion James Kingston – to battle it out for the title.

Leisurecorp, the owner of Pearl Valley Golf Estates, today also announced its continued commercial support of the next two South African Open Championships as a minimum. Leisurecorp and Maru Sport, the event promoters, said they have decided to return the tournament to its original name: The South African Open Championship.

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Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World, Leisurecorp’s parent company, said: “When we acquired Pearl Valley Golf Estates, we promised we would do everything we could to make this one of the greatest courses in the world, which would attract the greatest players. Our investments in the last year have seen real improvements to the course and I think this is a major reason behind the decision of so many great players to join us this year. The South African Open Championship is one of the world’s oldest golf tournaments, and I am delighted we are able to support it so strongly this year.”


With a host of former South African Open champions having gone on to win Majors, most recently Trevor Immelman and his triumph in the Masters, the Championship will continue to develop and deliver the game’s future champions as it has done since 1903.
“We look forward to the opportunity of aligning the Championship even closer to its heritage as we place an even stronger focus on its history and tradition going forward,” said Neale Kunhardt, President of the South African Golf Association (SAGA).

Tickets to attend the South African Open Championship are available from Computicket. To find any additional information visit its new website at www.southafricanopen.com