The DP World Tour of golf restarts from Nairobi where, from 9 to 12 March, the 54th edition of the Kenya Open will take place. Up for grabs not only a prize pool of 2,000,000 dollars but also points in key qualification, for European players, for the Ryder Cup in Rome.
There will be four Azzurri in the field: Edoardo Molinari, vice-captain of the Old Continent at the next Ryder Cup, Renato Paratore, Francesco Laporta and Lorenzo Gagli. Just Edo Molinari and Gagli are among the past winners of the competition, which the Turinese and the Florentine made them respectively in 2007 and 2018, when the event was however part of the Challenge Tour, the second continental men’s circuit.
Guido Migliozzi, who won the title in 2019 on the then European Tour (now DP World Tour), will not be there.
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After the exploit of 2022, on the Muthaiga GC route, the Chinese Ashun Wu is chasing an encore of successes.
In a competition also won in the past by a champion like Severiano Ballesteros (1978). From the low and sandy coast of the Indian Ocean, the territory of Kenya proceeds inland. Its geography is somewhat complex. It is located in East Africa and is crossed by the equator.
Despite being an equatorial and tropical country, it has very varied climates. In the north there are desert areas and in the central and south plateaus with woods and savannas. The nation is criss-crossed by long mountain ranges.
The morphological element that most characterizes Kenya is the Rift Valley, which cuts it from north to south. The inland waters are represented by fresh and salt water lakes and numerous borax geysers and geysers. On the other hand, there are few rivers, of which only two have a noteworthy flow and length (the Tana and the Galana).
The coastal strip, over 400 km long, is followed by a region of arid plateaus and steppes; the central one, which rises to altitudes between 1,500 and 3,000 metres, is divided by the fracture of the Rift Valley which forms the basin of Lake Turkana (or Rodolfo).
On the sides of the Rift Valley rise imposing volcanic massifs, the largest of which is Mount Kenya (5199 m), one of the highest in Africa, and Kilimanjaro (5358 m) on the border with Tanzania. The plateau slopes down to the west, near Lake Victoria, and to the north, where the territory is occupied by a large desert plateau.
Kenya’s rivers are not massive; the two main ones, the Tana and the Galana, flow into the Indian Ocean and have a regime that varies greatly throughout the year, depending on the frequency of rainfall. The largest lake is Turkana, since only a small portion of Lake Victoria belongs to the territory of Kenya; Lake Turkana has brackish waters and numerous islands emerge from it.