is the title sponsor of the Volvo Golf Champions, the Swedish automotive brand comprising Volvo Car Corporation and Volvo Group.
In 1988, Volvo helped change the face of the European Tour when it became the first over-arching sponsor of the circuit by supporting its flagship events, the Volvo PGA Championship and the Volvo Masters as well as the groundbreaking Volvo Order of Merit on which the current Race to Dubai is based.
Volvo also raised the bar very significantly in event production and presentation, introducing services such as courtesy cars, players' lounges and professional practice facilities which are today taken as standard.
Having established a deserved reputation as the clear leader in golf sponsorship in Europe, Volvo then became the first western brand to actively engage with golf in China, launching the Volvo China Open, the country's national open championship in 1995, a title sponsorship and promotional partnership with the China Golf Association, which endures to this day, recently celebrating its 50th title sponsorship in China with the 2011 Volvo China Junior Championship.
With approaching 125 title sponsorships in professional golf, no other sponsor enjoys such an extensive and all-embracing track record in the sport, whilst Volvo's amateur golf offer for customers and prospects, which has run in parallel with the professional golf portfolio has seen over one-million club golfers take part since its inception in 1988.
Volvo Cars and Volvo Group are two autonomous corporate entities, which jointly market the Volvo brand through shared global sponsorships, which also includes, in golf, the Volvo China Open, the Volvo China Junior Championship, the Volvo World Match Play Championship, as well as the Volvo Ocean Race, and the Volvo Environment Prize.Official PartnersVolvo Event Management
- Golf is responsible for the in-house planning and management of the global golf sponsorship activity shared by Volvo Car Corporation and Volvo Group.
Based in Gothenburg, Sweden and with a representative office in Hong Kong, Volvo Event Management - Golf currently has a portfolio of four events under its auspices, three professional tournaments, the Volvo Golf Champions – a champions only tournament, the Volvo China Open - the national open golf championship of China and the Volvo World Match Play Championship, professional golf’s most enduring match play event.
Volvo also promotes and organizes the Volvo World Golf Challenge (formerly the Volvo Masters Amateur), one of the most inclusive global golf series aimed at Volvo’s customers and prospects, with its Global Final staged in conjunction with the Volvo Golf Champions.
Volvo's customers are then offered the golf experience of a lifetime by 'Playing with the Pros' during the professional tournament, a truly unique possibility.www.volvoingolf.com
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe.
Celebrating its 50th year in 2011, IMG was founded by American lawyer Mark H McCormack, whose first client was Arnold palmer; today, IMG Golf own and manages a number of major golf championships as well as providing representation for some of the world’s top golfers, including world number-one Luke Donald, 2011 Volvo Golf Champions winner Paul Casey and female golf stars such as Annika Soresntam and Michelle Wie.
IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College; IMG Joint Ventures in China, Brazil and India; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academies; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing. www.imgworld.com Fancourt
is South Africa’s premier golf resort, located on the world-famous Garden Route near the town of George, equidistant between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
It comprises three golf course, The Links, Montagu and Outeniqua and is home to one of South Africa’s best golf academies and the base for the Ernie Els Foundation.
Fancourt also offers a comprehensive, on-site special event and leisure package, with two hotels, the Fancourt Hotel and the Manor House, a state-of-the-art Spa and Gymnasium, extensive meeting and conference facilities and the choice of informal dining and fine cuisine.
Fancourt is no stranger to hosting major international golf events, having staged the 2003 Presidents Cup, the South African Open and the Women’s World Cup both in 2005 and the Gary Player Invitational between 2008 and 2010.European Tour:
The European Tour is the most cosmopolitan of all the men’s professional golf circuits, with players from almost 100 different countries amongst its membership.
It is also the most far-travelled, with tournaments taking place is 27 different countries around the world, culminating in the US$7.5million Dubai World Championship in December each year.
These include the four ‘Majors,’ the US Masters, US Open, Open Championship and the USPGA Championship, as well as the four World Golf Championship (WGC) events.