The DP World Tour returns this week after a two-week break, with the fifth event on the schedule and the first of three successive tournaments in Africa, the Kenya Open at Muthaiga. The Tour came to a halt two weeks ago for Covid-related reasons following the shift in the Middle East which saw the United Arab Emirates stage four events in a row. In the last of them, the Ras al Khaimah Classic at Al Hamra Golf Club, New Zealander Ryan Fox took the win and the top prize of $333,330.

This week, golf’s biggest draw is undoubtedly the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, taking place in Bay Hill, Florida. Nonetheless, there are still some nice cash prizes at Par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, which is hosting the Kenya Open for the first time since 2018.

Last year, South African Justin Harding won the tournament – ​​albeit on a different course, Karen Country Club. He edged American Kurt Kitayama by two strokes to finish at 21 under par. It’s not the only time Harding has performed well in Kenya either. He finished second in the same tournament in 2019.

Harding will be back to defend that title in a bid to win the top prize of €291,660. This figure represents a substantial increase over last year’s top prize of €145,500. Meanwhile, the overall purse is increasing from 1 million euros in 2021 to 1.75 million euros this year.

Here’s how the prize money will be distributed.

Position Prize money
1st €291,660
2nd €194,440
3rd €109,550
4th €87,500
5th €74,200
6th €61,250
7th €52,500
8th €43,750
9th €39,200
10th €35,000
11th €32,200
12th €30,100
13th €28,175
14th €26,775
15th €25,725
16th €24,675
17th €23,625
18th €18,200
19th €21,700
20th €21,000
21st €20,300
22nd €19,775
23rd €19,250
24th €18,725
25th €18,200
26 €17,675
27 €17,150
28 €16,625
29 €16,100
30th €15,575
31st €15,050
32nd €14,525
33rd €14,000
34th €13,475
35th €13,125
36th €12,775
37th €12,425
38th €12,075
39th €11,725
40th €11,375
41st €11,025
42nd €10,675
43rd €10,325
44th €9,975
45th €9,625
46th €9,275
47th €8,925
48th €8,575
49th €8,225
50th €7,875
51st €7,525
52nd €7,175
53rd €6,825
54th €6,475
55th €6,125
56th €5,775
57th €5,425
58th €5,250
59th €5,075
60th €4,900
61st €4,725
62nd €4,550
63rd €4,375
64th €4,200
65th €4,025

What is the tournament purse for Kenya Open 2022?

The tournament purse for the Kenya Open 2022 is €1.75 million. This is a significant increase from last year’s million euros. As a result, the winner will take home €291,660, up from the top prize of €145,500 last year. The runner-up will win more than last year’s winner – €194,440.

Who is the favorite to win the Kenya Open 2022?

Although South African Justin Harding won last year’s tournament and will return to defend his title, his compatriot Dean Burmester is this year’s favorite to win it. The 32-year-old is currently world No. 75 and has 10 professional wins in his career so far.

Who will play at Kenya Open 2022?

As well as Harding and Burmester, other names to watch at this year’s Kenya Open include England’s Steven Brown, Spain’s Jorge Campillio, Finnish star Sami Valimaki and Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult.