The Kenya Open Golf Championship was added to the European Tour from 2019. The Kenya Open was part of the European Challenge Tour in 1991.
The new development came after they raised the prize money of the annual golf tournament to 1.1 million euros. The Kenya Open 2019 will take place at the Karen Country Club from March 14-17, 2019.
Ben Cowen, Director of International Policy for the European Tour, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Kenya Open Golf Championship to the European Tour in 2019 and look forward to building on the esteemed reputation that the tournament has. already developed as one of the challenges The flagship events of the tour.
“We are delighted to continue our work with Kenya Open Golf Limited and the Government of Kenya, who have been valued supporters of this tournament on the Challenge Tour for many years, and once again now as it opens a new chapter on the European Tour. “
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Kenya Open since its inception in 1967, with Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli joining the illustrious roster of champions, and the event is expected to spark worldwide interest and further strengthen the sports tourism offer of the country.
Peter Kanyago, President of KOGL, said: “I am pleased to announce that the Kenya Open Golf Championship, having been established to qualify to join the European Tour, has officially received European Tour status and will be part of of the world golf circuit starting next year.
“We are delighted to have taken this step as we believe it will take the Kenya Open Golf Championship to the next level as we enter this new phase of the tournament. Thanks to the support of the government and President Uhuru Kenyatta, the total amount of tournament prizes will more than double, from 500,000 to 1.1 million euros. We believe the tournament will attract a greater caliber of top players from around the world, which will further raise the profile of the event. “