Volvo, IMG and The European Tour were today hosted by Bulgaria's Minister of Physical Education and Sport, Mr Svilen Neykov, and the Bulgarian Golf Association at a special press conference for the Volvo World Match Play Championship in the nation's capital, Sofia. The press conference marked the beginning of the countdown to Bulgaria's first full European Tour event, the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship, which will be played at the breathtaking Thracian Cliffs Course in Bulgaria from the 16th to the 19th May.
The elite Volvo World Match Play Championship, celebrating its 50th year in 2013, will gather 24 of the world's best players to compete for this prestigious title via a qualification process designed to gather the highest quality international field. So far, Nicolas Colsaerts has qualified as the Defending Champion, Shane Lowry by winning the 2012 Portugal Masters and last weekend, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen and Peter Hanson qualified as the leading four players on the final 2012 Race to Dubai Rankings. It was also announced today that the prize fund for the 2013 Championship increases to â‚¬3,000,000 (â‚¬250,000 more than 2012) with the eventual winner taking home a â‚¬800,000 first prize.