African Golfer Made History On DP World Tour

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Written By Evan Scrimshaw | Last Updated

In a year full of upset wins and surprising results, the golf world saw another heartwarming first last week. While many were sweating PGA TOUR golf odds in Mexico last week, Ronald Rugumayo became the first Ugandan golfer to make a cut on the DP World Tour, birdieing his final hole on Friday to make the cut at the Magical Kenya Open. After a start to the golf year where the first amateur won on the PGA Tour since 1992, we now have another first on the DP World Tour.

Who Is Ronald Rugumayo?

Rugumayo is now the first Ugandan to make a cut on the DP World Tour. In his third Tour event and fourth official competitive event, he managed to put together two of the rounds of his life to make the cut.

After playing the front nine on Thursday 3-over-par, Rugumayo battled back, shooting back-nine 33s on both Thursday and Friday to make the cut on the number.

Rugumayo was also the first Ugandan to ever make a hole-in-one on the DP World Tour. While his efforts last year didn’t result in a made cut, it is still history.

Growing The Game

Rugumayo talked after the tournament about his accomplishments. “Honestly, it’s not about me as a player, it’s not about Uganda, it’s about East Africa. Everything I’m doing, I’m doing for East Africa,” he said. That his focus was not just on his own success but on what it means for the sport is notable, especially when there’s so much talk about “growing the game.”

Rugumayo’s historic result in Kenya underlines why the game of professional golf is so intriguing. It also reminds a sport that is too busy seeing millionaires fighting for more money why it’s worth watching. At a time when concepts like “growing the game” are bastardized spin for golfers taking big checks from a homophobic Saudi regime, Rugumayo proves that there are actual efforts to grow the game happening.

With the DP World Tour embracing a more full calendar and embracing the notion of a global tour, this could be lead to more records of this kind being broken in future years. As the DP World Tour continues to embrace events in Africa, there’s many more opportunities for new nations to see firsts in the golf space.

As well, with the made cut, Rugumayo’s now hopefully in a position to continue to get sponsors exemptions for future DP World Tour. Hopefully, he and others from non-traditional golf powers can help to grow the game in more nations around the globe.

Lord knows it can use less stories about billionaires negotiating and more stories like this.

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