by Michael Weston
The European Open will stay at The London Golf Club next year, after successfully hosting the event last season for the first time since 1994.
Ross Fisher claimed the title last July at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Signature Heritage Course, and he’ll return next May to defend his trophy.
The London Golf Club, situated near Brands Hatch in North Kent, has hosted four European Senior Tour events since its opening in 1994, and the return of the European Open, which will count towards the inaugural Race to Dubai, is another major scoop.
Chief Executive of The European Tour, George O’Grady, said: “Selecting The London Golf Club to host this prestigious event for the second consecutive year demonstrates our absolute confidence in the quality of facilities on and off the course at The London Golf Club.”
Club Chairman, Charles Fairweather, stated: “Everyone at the Club is delighted that the venue has once again been chosen to host The European Open.
“We were immensely pleased in 2008 by the reaction of Europe’s finest golfers to both the golf course and the facilities on offer at The London Golf Club and we look forward to an equally successful tournament in 2009.”
The European has featured on the European Tour since 1978 and Fisher will be attempting to defend his title, a feat last achieved by Lee Westwood in 1999-2000.