Westwood heads star-studded NGC field
Lee Westwood will defend his Nedbank Golf Challenge title against a strong field of Major winners and European Ryder Cup heroes when the prestigious invitation tournament takes place at Sun City from 29 November to 2 December.
Westwood will be hoping to become the first person in the history of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to win the tournament three successive times following his runaway eight-shot victory in 2010 and then his two-shot triumph in 2011.
But the world number four will face a 12-man field of which half are ranked within the top 30 in the world, and with a combined total of 146 career victories worldwide. And nine players in the field have won this year already.
European Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer, who holed the winning putt in the recent matches against the United States at Medinah, is one of four Major champions in the field, joining South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, and Scotland’s Paul Lawrie.
A total of seven members of the victorious European Ryder Cup team will feature at the Gary Player Country Club, bringing to Sun City the players who represent the current balance of power in world golf.
There are also two Presidents Cup players in American Bill Haas and South Africa’s Schwartzel.
“There is no doubt that the balance of power in the global game currently rests with European golf, and we are proud to have some of the best players in Europe competing in this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge,” said Alastair Roper, the Tournament Director of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
“Defending champion Lee Westwood has become one of the greatest players in the history of this tournament, and he now has a chance to make history at Sun City this year. We have a strong South African contingent who represent the future of the game. We have a field that has a total of 12 victories worldwide this year alone. So I think we can safely say that we have amongst the best and most in-form players in the game coming to Sun City.”
Andy Scott, head of group sponsorships at Nedbank, is particularly pleased to see the might of European golf competing on South African fairways.
“I think it is a continuing endorsement of the status of the Nedbank Golf Challenge that we can attract over half of the victorious European Ryder Cup team to this year’s tournament,” he said.
“With a strong field also assembled for the Nedbank Champions Challenge, I think we can look forward to an incredible week of world-class golf and entertainment.”
THE NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE FIELD:
Lee Westwood (England)
Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium)
Bill Haas (United States)
Peter Hanson (Sweden)
Martin Kaymer (Germany)
Paul Lawrie (Scotland)
Francesco Molinari (Italy)
Garth Mulroy (South Africa)
Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)
Carl Pettersson (Sweden)
Justin Rose (England)
Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)