March 4, 2024

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Here are the five lethal foreign pros to watch at the Magical Kenya Open

Action on the DP World Tour moves to Nairobi this week as the Magical Kenya Open tees off on Thursday at Muthaiga Golf Club. This will be the fifth event on the Tour calendar this year.  T-OFF News takes a look at the top 10 most consistent performers who will be in action at Muthaiga: […]

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Safari Tour: Chinhoi extends lead to six shots

Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi increased his lead from one to six shots as 23 players including two amateurs survived the second round cut, to move to the last two rounds of the KCB Bank Sponsored Safari Tour series eighth leg at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club course. Currently in his best form, Chinhoi fired five […]

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Kshs 3 million up for grabs at Safari Tour season finale

A strong field of 77 players is in action at Muthaiga Golf Club today for the eighth leg of the Safari Tour.  The purse for the event which marks the end of the Tour season has been increased by 50% to Kshs 3million with the winner taking home Kshs 450,000. Besides the cash motivation, the […]

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Sweden’s Strom inches closer to victory at Magical Kenya Ladies European Tour

Sweden’s Linnea Strom maintained the lead at the Magical Kenya Ladies European Open staying ahead of the field for the third consecutive day after posting level par 72 today at the tough-playing Vipingo Ridge course. Strom started poorly with a bogey on the opening hole and number three but recovered with priceless birdies on number […]

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Wildlife adorn Vipingo Ridge as Ladies European Tour gets underway

Giraffes, zebras and oryx are now a common sight at the Par-72 PGA Baobab Course at Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi County, as the venue hosts the 2022 Ladies European Tour season opener: the Magical Kenya Ladies Open. This new addition to Vipingo Ridge follows the commissioning of the property as a wildlife sanctuary in 2020, offering […]

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World top ranked player Rahm chases elusive first season win on PGA

Six of the world’s top 10 players will tee it up tonight at the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Phoenix, Arizona. The 132-man field features number world number one Jon Rahm, Norwegian Viktor Hovland (3), Patrick Cantlay (4), Justin Thomas (7), Xander Schauffele (8) and Hideki Matsuyama (10). The field of 132 players […]

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Magical Kenya Ladies Open to be aired globally

The Magical Kenya Ladies Open will be aired live in Kenya and worldwide to an estimated audience of 270 million viewers over four days. The action from the PGA-accredited Baobab Course at the Vipingo Ridge in Kilifi will air live for three hours daily and from 1500 hours to 1800 hours from Thursday to Saturday, […]

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Naomi Wafula excited to go up against top golfers

For her opening round of the campaign, Naomi will have an afternoon tee-off at 1:03 pm in the company of Germany’s Olivia Cowan from Germany and Nuria Iturrioz from Spain. In the 2021 LET season, Olivia finished fifth and ended the year on a high securing status on the LPGA Tour.

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Chinhoi beats Indiza in tough playoff for third Safari Tour title of the season

Indiza had elbowed his way into the playoff after erasing a four shot deficit with a labored two under par 70 to tie with Chinhoi on -12 gross.

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Safari Tour: Zimbabweans take control at Karen, locals in hot pursuit

Round two joint leader Mapwanya shook off Simon Ngige after carding two under par 70 to head to the clubhouse with a stroke advantage over compatriot Chinhoi.

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World’s top golfers arrive at Vipingo for Magical Kenya Ladies European Tour contest

Defending champion and 2019 Order of Merit winner Esther Henseleit heads a star-studded field of 96 golfers as The Ladies European Tour (LET) season gets underway at Vipingo Ridge this week.

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Safari Tour: Locals under pressure as foreign pros throw down the gauntlet

The foreign pros came out guns blazing seizing six of the top 10 positions as they seek to secure back-to-back victories following Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi victory in the last outing at Limuru.

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Simon Ngige scorches Karen course for early lead on Safari Tour

Simon Ngige carded a brilliant six-under par 66 headlined by four birdies and an eagle to take a one stroke lead to the clubhouse in the opening round of the seventh leg of the Safari Tour at Karen Country Club.

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Safari Tour: Fourteen players embroiled in vicious fight for Kenya Open slots

The penultimate round of the Safari Tour will tee up at Karen tomorrow with 14 players- nine locals and five foreigners- locked in an epic battle for qualification to the Magical Kenya 2022 showpiece.

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Now Spectators allowed at this year’s Magical Kenya Open

“This year we shall have a pseudo bubble. Although we shall not limit the number of spectators, we shall have full protocols on social distancing, testing and mixing,” said Obath

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Top amateurs skip Mount Kenya KAGC round to tackle pros on Safari Tour

Among the fancied names in action in Nyeri include Isaac Makokha, Joseph Gathumbi, Sammy Mulama, Peter Rimui, Ebill Omollo and Nelson Koech.

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Kenya’s golden girls face tough test as they take on the world’s best at Ladies European Tour event

The Kenya contingent will be hoping to fare better than in their last outing in 2019 when none of the amateurs made the day one cut while Bhavi will be angling for her maiden qualification to the weekend rounds.

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“Experienced minnows” shine on PGA and Euro Tours as fancied names falter

Luke List and Richard Bland are not fancied names in the elite golf circles. Interestingly, they have been playing golf at the highest level and have a combined 680 plus career starts.

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PGA Tour: Little-known Schenk in shock lead as big names miss cut at Farmers Insurance Open

American Adam Schenk made eight consecutive birdies for a round of 62 to go joint top with world no.1 Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. Ranked number 165 in the world, his run of back-to-back birdies from fourth to seventh saw the 30-year-old card his career lowest round.

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PGA: World’s top ranked players face off tonight at high stakes Farmers Insurance Open tourney

Six of the top 10 players led by world no. 1 Jon Rahm will come face to face tonight at the Farmers Insurance Open tournament in arguably the strongest field in the PGA calendar this season. The field comprises of 12 of the top 20 players in the world battling for the Kshs 900 million prize purse.

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Zimbabwean Robson Chinhoi outsmarts Eric Ooko to win second Safari Tour title

Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi carded two under par 70 to capture his second Safari Tour win of the season after outlasting 54-hole leader Eric Ooko in an epic final round showdown at the Limuru Country Club.

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Safari Tour: Madoya, Ooko in a two-way tie at the top as Chinhoi lies in wait

The penultimate round of the sixth leg of the Safari Tour was a dour affair as the leading pack played cautiously failing to serve “earthquake golf” that is associated with the “moving day” round.

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Safari Tour: Ooko goes clear at the top as series front runners narrow gap

The day’s star performer was Mike Kisia who shot an impressive four under par 68 to move to third place. The Vetlab player had a conservative outing on the front nine where he shot level par but exploded into life on the back nine with two birdies on the eleventh and seventeenth before putting the icing on the cake with a fortuitous eagle chip-in on the eighteenth.

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Jay Sandhu: The enigma of Kenya amateur golf

Yesterday, Jay won the Sigona Bowl competition, the first event in the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship, KAGC, series, after outclassing a field of 105 competitors, some half his age.  

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Safari Tour: Njoroge, Ooko in early lead as youthful pros shine

Samuel Njoroge and Erick Ooko shot an identical two under par 70 today to assume joint leadership in the opening round of the Safari Tour at Limuru Country Club.

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Pros in final push for Kenya Open slots as action resumes at Limuru Club

In a bizarre turn of events, no player has exhibited dominance in the five Tour events played so far, each tournament producing a new winner.

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Rahm and Morikawa in fierce battle for world No.1 spot

The 24-year-old American who won two majors last year, may finally move to the top if he wins the DP World Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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PGA Tour: Matsuyama overcomes a five shot deficit to win Sony Open

Matsuyama made four back-nine birdies to post a 63 to level matters with Russell who had shot a decent six-under 29 on the front nine to open a healthy five strokes lead.

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KGU, Kenya Golf Federation finally agree on unification elections in February

The breakthrough follows the ongoing arbitration by the Sports Disputes Tribunal under the leadership of J Ohaga. The dispute was taken to the tribunal by KGU after the Union faulted orders to disband, issued by the Sports Registrar.

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PGA-K: We shall not be in a hurry to promote elite amateurs to pros

To say PGA-K is at crossroads is an understatement. The Association has a membership of close to 60 out of which only 40 members are active playing pros.

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Railways unveils “Road to Gleneagles” golf series top contestants

The team of Joseph Kagicha, Irene Kimeu, Ronald Wekesa, and Ibrahim Lande scored 117 points to emerge overall winners of the fifth leg of the Road to Gleneagles Johnnie Walker Golf Series at Railways Golf Club.  

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Ready for action? Here are Kenya’s top golf events to look out for in 2022.

After a two-year hiatus occasioned by coronavirus, international golf competitions are expected to resume this year.  Among the key competitions expected later in the year include Africa Region V tournament, Victoria Cup and the All Africa Golf Team Championship.

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Kenya teams post mixed results at the close of All Africa Junior Team Championships

The Kenya boys junior team wound up their assignment on a low note finishing sixth as the girls’ team closed strongly to claim the second runner-up position as the curtains came down on the annual All Africa Junior Team Championship event at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, With the boys having finished […]

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LIV’s Koepka fires back at rebel tour’s critics after Masters

American Brooks Koepka stumbled in his final-round bid to win the Masters but then took aim at those who had doubted the ability of he and other players on the breakaway LIV Golf tour. Koepka had a two-stroke lead going into the final round but finished four strokes behind Spanish winner Jon Rahm, shooting a […]

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Rahm wins The Masters, dedicates victory to Spain legend Ballesteros

Jon Rahm was nearly in tears after winning an emotional triumph at the Masters on Sunday, what would have been the 66th birthday of his idol Seve Ballesteros. Rahm overcame a four-stroke deficit at the start of a marathon 40-hole final day at Augusta National to defeat Americans Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson by four […]

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Resilient Team Sigona wins the Tannahill Shield in style

Team Sigona today clinched the Tannahill Shield for the first time since 2013 after a near-perfect final round performance with a total of 43 points, as the curtains came down on the biggest amateurs’ team competition at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club After seizing the pole position in the third round, all stars were aligned […]

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Team Western takes lead as Muthaiga stumbles in Tannahill Shield opener

Pacesetters Team Western got off to a strong start in the opening matches of the Tannahill Shield as they raced to the top of the leaderboard after amassing a total of 14 points. The Westerners, featuring a cocktail of players from several clubs in the western region, won seven out of their eight matches, the […]

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Hovland, Rahm and Koepka share Masters lead as Tiger Woods struggles

Norway’s Viktor Hovland, Spain’s Jon Rahm and American Brooks Koepka shared the first round lead at the Masters on Thursday, taking advantage of easier-than-usual conditions to card seven-under par 65s. Rain in recent days has softened Augusta National, making the often rapid and challenging greens much more benign, and the trio seized a two-stroke lead […]

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Stronger Tiger Woods eyes challenge of return to The Masters

Tiger Woods says he feels stronger than last year as he prepares to make another emotional return to the Masters. A year ago, Woods stunned the golf world by playing in the Masters, 14 months after sustaining serious leg injuries in a 2021 car crash. The 15-time major champion struggled to walk 72 holes and […]

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PGA stars and LIV rebels set for Masters showdown

Augusta National, which has already been critical of the ongoing feud between the PGA Tour and upstart LIV Golf League, is about to become the front line in golf’s civil war as stars of the rival groups meet at the 87th Masters. The Saudi-backed rebel series began last June with several big-name PGA Tour players […]

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Dennis Maara wins first KAGC season title in Thika

Dennis Maara won his first Kenya Amateur Golf Championship, KAGC, 2023 season trophy today after shooting four over 76 in the final round at Thika Sports Club. Despite starting the final round with a shot advantage over John Lejirma, Maara had a tough outing managing only one birdie and five bogeys for a final score […]

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Kenya unveils team to All Africa Junior Championship

Kenya will be represented by a new-look team at this year’s All Africa Junior Team Championship after the Junior Golf Foundation, JGF, named five fresh faces to the annual event. Apart from Krish Shah and Belinda Wanjiru who represented the country in Egypt last year, Lee Kimathi, Mikael Kihara and Junaid Manji will make up […]

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