The 2014 European Challenge Tour season tees off this week with the Barclays Kenya Open, where this year’s hopefuls will begin their chase to earn graduation to The European Tour.
Karen Country Club in Nairobi will provide a fitting backdrop for the maiden tournament of a season that will take in 27 tournaments in 21 different countries, as the players hope to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Challenge Tour Number One Andrea Pavan.
One of the longest-running tournaments on the Challenge Tour schedule, the Kenya Open also boasts arguably the greatest list of former winners.
Since the tournament’s inception back in 1967, some of European golf’s most successful players have claimed the title in Kenya’s capital, including Maurice Bembridge (1968, 1969 and 1979), Seve Ballesteros (1978) and Ian Woosnam (1986).
The event was instated as a Challenge Tour event in 1991, providing a platform for many players to go on to greater success, including 2000 winner Trevor Immelman, who went on to win the Masters Tournament in 2008, and 2007 champion Edoardo Molinari, who went on to feature in The Ryder Cup three years after his win at Karen.
Champions of Golf professional, Jason Palmer, has booked his place in the first field of the year in Kenya after securing top spot on the Alps Tour in 2013 aided by winning three titles. Jason begins his first round at 07.40 (04.40 UK time) tomorrow (Thursday 6th March) alongside Guillaume Cambis and Sullivan Muthugia.
You can keep up to date with all the latest scores from Kenya live on the Challenge Tour website at http://www.europeantour.com/challengetour/season=2014/tournamentid=2014710/leaderboard/index.html.
Champions of Golf and all of Jason's sponsors wish him well for the week ahead in Kenya.