South Africa to host Bahrain's Champions event

GEORGE, South Africa — South Africa will host the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions event next year after it was moved out of Bahrain because of security concerns.

The decision by organizers and sponsors gives South Africa three successive European Tour events in January with the Africa Open, the Joburg Open and the Golf Champions falling on consecutive weekends.

The European Tour announced in August the $2.8-million event would not return to Bahrain in 2012 because of recent instability in the Gulf state.

Instead, the Fancourt links course on South Africa's south coast — which staged the 2003 Presidents Cup — will now host from Jan. 19-22.

Englishman Paul Casey won the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions at Bahrain's Royal Golf Club. The 2012 field will be announced next month.

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