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Added April 12th, 2011 by Chalk

South Africa to Host Richest Tournament Ever, Challenge Tiger
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South African golf is riding high with two of the four reigning major champions, and now the country is adding a World Golf Championship event with the most prize money in history, $10 million. They’re calling it The Tournament of Hope, and it will be held from 2012 through 2016. As for the date, South African representatives are willing to tell Tiger Woods he’ll have to move.

South Africa’s Sunshine Tour commissioner Gareth Tindall says the date hasn’t been finalized, but the first weekend of December is being looked at. That’s the weekend of South Africa’s Nedbank Challenge and the Chevron Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods in California. Tindall doesn’t see that as a problem — “they will have to move it.”

There is currently only one WGC event held outside the United States, the HSBC Champions in China. South Africa got theirs after meetings with the U.S. PGA Tour and the International Federation of PGA Tours at Augusta during Masters week.

“The awarding of this WGC event, which has the biggest prize money in professional golf, shows the rest of the world believe we have good stock and a good product here in South Africa,” the business-minded Tindall said in a press conference.

 
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