NAIROBI, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The European Tour Magical Kenya Open golfing showpiece has been rescheduled to November 12 to 15 at Nairobi's Karen Country Club, organizers announced on Friday.
The biggest international golf tournament in Kenya was initially due to be played from March 12-15 at the same venue, but was postponed following the government's directives to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease.
The rescheduled Magical Kenya Open is part of the European Tour's reshaped 2020 schedule, with all tournaments subject to the Tour's stringent medical health strategy that will evolve in line with government guidance in the places the Tour visits.
"The Kenya Open has been connected with the European Tour since the mid-1970s. We held the first designated full European Tour title event last year and we were all happy with the success.
"We would like to keep the momentum going by hosting the second European Tour event this year," Peter Kanyago, the Kenya Open Golf Limited chairman said in a statement released in Nairobi.
He said that being a European Tour event, the Kenya Open will be televised live all over the world just like it was last year but did not specify whether fans would be allowed at the Karen country club.
Ben Cowen, the European Tour's deputy chief operating officer, declared they were looking forward to working with local organisers to stage the rescheduled event.
The prize purse for the rescheduled Open 2020 is over 1.29 million US dollars, with a field of 144 players expected.
Italian Guido Migliozzi carded a 16 under 268 to win last year's title at Karen, one stroke ahead of Spain's Adri Arnaus and South African pair Louis de Jager and Justin Harding, who finished joint second in a nervous finish to the four-day tournament. .