Top Pro Snow Paired With Ex-Ryder Captain Bjorn In Magical Kenya Open Tee Off

Mar 13 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Pair will be joined by Justin Harding who is coming off victory at the previous PGA Europe Tour round in Qatar as the hunt for glory in the 1.1m Euro tournaments begins on Thursday

Greg Snow in action during round one of the Karen leg of the Safari Tour on February 24, 2019.PHOTO/SPN

  • Safari Tour Series winner and top ranked local professional, Greg Snow, has been paired with former Ryder Cup captain, Thomas Bjorn and last week's Qatar Open champion Justin Harding in the the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa tee-off on Thursday at Nairobi's Karen Country Club
  • Veteran Jacob Okello, who remains the Kenyan who came closest to winning the biggest golfing event in the country when he lost the 1998 title on sudden death play-off will be the first domestic player on the course at 7:20am where he will have David Borda and Deyen Lawson for company
  • Kenya’s flag will be flown by 18 contestants including 12 professional and six amateurs in the event that has attracted 144 players from across the world
  • Lorenzo Gagli, who won last year's Barclays Kenya Open on the Challenge Tour before earning his European Tour card, will start at 1.10pm alongside Gaganjeet Bhullar and George Coetzee

NAIROBI, Kenya- Safari Tour Series winner and top ranked local professional, Greg Snow, has been paired with former Ryder Cup captain, Thomas Bjorn and last week's Qatar Open champion Justin Harding in the the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa tee-off on Thursday at Nairobi's Karen Country Club.

The trio will start their hunt for glory at 1pm local time (+3GMT) with Snow who swept through the domestic series leading the Kenyan hunt for the elusive title at the PGA Europe Tour event where top foreign talent such as Harding and Bjorn are in pursuit of the Road to Dubai points.

Veteran Jacob Okello, who remains the Kenyan who came closest to winning the biggest golfing event in the country when he lost the 1998 title on sudden death play-off will be the first domestic player on the course at 7:20am where he will have David Borda and Deyen Lawson for company.

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Bradley Mogire will be the first Kenyan amateur to tee off in the 1.1m Euros prize money tournament alongside Bernd Ritthammer and Sebastien Gros at 7:30am. 

Local pro hopefuls Tony Omuli (7:20am), Alfred Nandwa (7:40am), Dismas Indiza (8:10am), David Wakhu (8:40am), Riz Charania (8:50am), David Odhiambo (12:20pm), David Opati (12:30pm), C.J Wangai (1:20pm), Simon Ngige (1:30pm), Justus Madoya (1:40pm), Nelson Simwa (1:50pm) and Ooko Eric Obura (1:50pm) will tee off in that order with the weight of a nation on their shoulders.

Kenya’s flag will be flown by 18 contestants including 12 professional and six amateurs in the event that has attracted 144 players from across the world.

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Haydn Porteous of South Africa has fond memories of this week's host venue, having secured his maiden professional victory on this course at the 2015 Kenya Open on the Challenge Tour.

He will be joined by Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño of Spain and internet sensation Hosung Choi of Korea for the first two rounds, with the trio getting started at 12.50pm.

Lorenzo Gagli, who won last year's Barclays Kenya Open on the Challenge Tour before earning his European Tour card, will start at 1.10pm alongside Gaganjeet Bhullar and George Coetzee.

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Shubhankar Sharma, Adri Arnaus and Indiza are among the early starters on day one, kicking off their first rounds at 8.10 am.

For full Thursday tee off fixture click here