The Volvo Golf Champions was added to the European Tour Calendar in 2011 and it takes place each year in January. In 2012 it took place at the Fancourt Links Course in George, South Africa, while the 2013 renewal moved to the Durban Country Club.
The original tournament took place at a course designed by Colin Montgomerie called 'The Montgomerie Course' at the Royal Golf Club in Bahrain. The event offers a prize purse of $2.2 million with the winner receiving $283,330.
The 2011 tournament included a full field of European Tour players, but from 2012 the tournament is only be for an elite group of players that have won events on the European Tour. So it will signal the start of the year by putting the European Tour winners from the previous season up against one another, similar to the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions, and it is an event that should provide plenty of excitement for the punter.
|2011||Paul Casey||England||268 (-20)|
|2012||Branden Grace||South Africa||280 (-12)|
|2013||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||272 (-16)|
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The Qatar Masters is a hugely competitive tournament that takes place at the Doha Golf Club in Qatar during February. It was originally an event that didn't attract the best field but it now boasts some of the top players in the world and 48 world ranking points are on offer for the winner.
In addition there is a $2.5 million prize fund and previous winners include the likes of Ernie Els, Adam Scott and Retief Goosen.
Such is the high quality and competitive nature of the field of players on the European Tours nowadays there is sure to be a betting market to interest any punter in this tournament....
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