Picture still fuzzy for potential WGC


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The new World Golf Championships event in South Africa has a title (Tournament of Hope) and a proposed purse ($10 million) but is short on details after that.

Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour’s chief of operations, said on Wednesday at the Heritage that the tentative date for the new WGC, which would be just the second currently played outside the United States, is for the tournament to end on the first Sunday of December.

Pazder would not comment on any other details.

Johan Immelman, who was the commissioner of the Southern Africa PGA Tour until 2008, said a potential WGC has been on the tour’s radar for years.

“Having a WGC in other parts of the world has always been something the Southern Africa PGA Tour was a proponent of,” Immelman said. “The crucial part of it was always to get the economics together to put on something like that. South Africa has proven it can host major events.”

The proposed date of the event is the same week as Tiger Woods’ Chevron World Challenge and the Sunshine Tour’s Nedbank Challenge at Sun City (South Africa).