The European Tour will return to the Czech Republic for the first time in 12 years with the announcement that the Czech Golf Open will feature on the 2009 International Schedule.
The €2.5 million tournament will be played at the Miguel Angel Jiménez-designed Prosper Golf Resort from July 30 – August 2, 2009 and will form part of the inaugural Race to Dubai.
The European Tour last visited the Czech Republic in 1997, when two-time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer took the title by four strokes from Niclas Fasth and Ignacio Garrido, and by five from Jiménez.
Tournament Promoters, Altamira Agency, a company formed by J.C Decaux and Teleaxis to promote the Czech Golf Open, will be hoping to attract many of The European Tour’s biggest stars to the 2009 edition of the tournament, while the event will be a special week for BMW PGA Championship winner Jiménez, who will see his design project featuring on The European Tour for the first time.
Keith Waters, Director of International Policy for The European Tour, said: “We would like to express our thanks to both the Czech Golf Federation and the Prosper Golf Club for their support and co-operation in bringing The European Tour back to the Czech Republic.
“We are delighted to be able to call upon the expertise and experience of two great institutions like J.C Decaux and Teleaxis as we move into a new era for both The European Tour and professional golf in the Czech Republic.”