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"Some of those who posted top-10 finishes in Qatar on Sunday have made the journey, including a quartet of South Africans. Doha champion Justin Harding leads the way and is joined by compatriots Erik Van Rooyen, George Coetzee and Christiaan Bezuidenhout who all tied for second over the weekend."
The European Tour breaks new ground this week, with a first-ever trip to Kenya.
Although the Kenya Open has been part of the Challenge Tour since the mid-1990s, this will be the first time that the competition has been awarded a spot on the main schedule.
As for Karen Country Club, this parkland course can be found around 10 miles south-west of the country's capital Nairobi.
During the past decade it has staged the national open four times (2013-16), and a number of those teeing-up on Thursday competed here during that period.
Designed by Remy Martin and opened 82 years ago, Karen Country Club is tree-lined and undulating, with smallish greens, while water hazards are few and far between.
A large part of the course was built on a former coffee estate, and is a throwback to Kenya's colonial past.
South African Presence
Needless to say, with the Players Championship taking place in Florida this week, the field in Kenya is breathtakingly below par.
Some of those who posted top-10 finishes in Qatar on Sunday have made the journey, including a quartet of South Africans.
Doha champion Justin Harding leads the way and is joined by compatriots Erik Van Rooyen, George Coetzee and Christiaan Bezuidenhout who all tied for second over the weekend.
Van Rooyen posted a top-25 finish at Karen Country Club when playing here on the Challenge Tour three years ago.
And another South African, Haydn Porteous, won at the course in 2015 - check out our course form stats which highlight T-25s (2013-16) for those taking part this week.
Regarding course form, Germany's world No 842 Bernd Ritthammer posted three top-10s at Karen during these Challenge Tour years.
The Kenya Open champion from 2016, Swede Sebastian Soderberg, returns to the venue on the back of two top-25 finishes at Oman and Qatar these past two weeks.
Elsewhere, Ross McGowan heads north after finishing fourth at the Limpopo Championship over the weekend, which forms part of South Africa's Sunshine Tour. The Englishman won on the European Tour, in Madrid, as long ago as 2009.
In a field lacking top tier talent, four of the highest ranked golfers taking part are American John Catlin, Indian duo Shubhankar Sharma and Gaganjeet Bhullar, and Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe.
These four are ranked 126, 117, 142 and 160 respectively. Bhullar won on the European Tour last year, while Catlin triumphed three times in Asia during 2018.
The up-and-coming Sharma has already won twice on the European Tour - in South Africa and Malaysia - while Vincent was fourth in Perth last month.
Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive
MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut
Note: List contains leading reserves
|Erik Van Rooyen||2||36||MC||MC||32|
|Ho Sung Choi||MC||12|
|Jack Singh Brar||MC||MC||MC||32|
|Louis De Jager||42||23||MC||MC*||1|
|Khalin H Joshi||MC||MC|
|Hyo Won Park||MC||MC||MC||MC||MC||MC|
|Darius Van Driel|
|Jin Ho Choi||2||40||MC||MC|
|Emilio Cuartero Blanco|
|Ivan Cantero Gutierrez||MC||MC||MC||MC||MC|
|Eduardo De La Riva|
|Raphael De Sousa|
|Ooko Erick Obura|
|Yan Wei Liu|
|Erik Van Rooyen||19|
|Louis De Jager||19|
|Darius Van Driel||8|
|Emilio Cuartero Blanco||9|
|Table Lists Players Who|
|Posted T-25 Finishes|
|At Karen Country Club|
|During Kenya Open on|
|Challenge Tour (2013-16)|