The biggest and richest golf tournament on the Zimbabwe calendar, the Zimbabwe Open, roared into life this Thursday morning following the conclusion of the pre-qualifier and pro am tournaments.

One hundred and fifty-six players are taking part following the draw conducted on Wednesday.

The tournament gives local golf fans a rare treat as top players on the sunshine tour flock to Zimbabwe for the tourney.

A pre-q, and two pro-am tournaments were held prior where pros will warmed up with tournament sponsors and other executives at Royal Harare while the eight remaining slots have now been filled by 21 year-old amateur Arnold Burasho of Norton Country Club and pro Mairos Katembenuka as South Africa once again dominated proceedings and qualified ahead of the main championship that tees off on Thursday.

Star attractions and past champions including Jake Roos, Jean Hugo, Ullrich Van Der Berg, Theunis Spangenberg, have returned to Harare as they seek another win on the sunshine tour sanctioned event with a total prize money of 1, 8 million rand.

Sadly none of the top local pro or amateurs have won the tournament since its return from a 10 year hiatus.

It remains to be seen whether a local player will break the jinx this year.