South Africa eyeing WGC event in 2013


South Africa is poised to host its first World Golf Championships event in 2013, according to Sunshine Tour commissioner Selwyn Nathan.

'We are finalizing various commercial issues and hoping that, come 2013, we will have our first tournament,' he told the television program Golfing World.

Former commissioner Gareth Tindall announced a five-year deal to host a WGC – an event he termed the 'Tournament of Hope' – after countryman Charl Schwartzel won the Masters.

Nathan replaced Tindall on an interim basis in June when Tindall took an executive job in the corporate world. Nathan was confirmed as the permanent choice for the role in August.

The final dates and format for the new tournament are still in flux.

The formation of the event had been reported to be a concession granted to Tindall by several of golf's governing bodies in exchange for moving the South African Open back a week. The national open would have otherwise been in conflict with the Presidents Cup, opening up the possibility of a boycott by the three South Africans who qualified for the International side.