|2021||Karen Country Club||Daniel Van Tonder|
2021: Daniel Van Tonder
Travel restrictions and the extra challenges that go with hosting a tournament on the European Tour, which is global in nature, have mandated serious changes to the schedule. As with a number of courses over the last year, Karen Country Club hosted back to back tournaments on the European Tour with the most recent seeing Daniel Van Tonder beating Jazz Janewattananond in a playoff in the Kenya Savannah Classic.
Van Tonder was just one of seven players to fire in a round of 64 or better on a thrilling final day of golf in Kenya. With the biggest names of the European Tour over in America ahead of the Masters, this was not the strongest field of the year by a long way. That said, Van Tonder had to overcome a combination of up and coming talent and chiselled veterans to claim the win that saw him break into the world’s top 100 for the first time in his career.
Multiple European Tour winner Joost Luiten, the improving Sam Horsfield and the mercurial Victor Dubuisson all finished inside the top 10. Their momentum would checked though as there was standalone European Tour event the following week so would have to wait until the Austrian Golf Open to play again.