Big names make their way to the Nedbank Golf Challenge

The 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player will bring some of the biggest names in world golf to Sun City in November, including four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy and 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia.

From November 8 to 11, the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City will witness the strongest field since the tournament became part of the prestigious Rolex Series on the European Tour in 2017.

Branden Grace will lead the South African challenge as the world number 38 returns to defend the title he won last year, and which ended a 10-year wait between South African victories in Africa’s Major.

Brandon Stone, who represented South Africa in golf’s historic return to the Olympic Games in 2016 and a three-time European Tour winner, will also be on the field.

BACK AT NGC: Louis Oosthuizen tees off on the first to commence with his 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge and will return to home soil in November.
Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk.

It’s a field that already delights tournament host Gary Player.

“It’s very important we have all the best South Africans here to show the world why we are one of the best golfing nations on the planet. We are going to have a fantastic field and we are all very excited to watch the drama on the course unfold in November.”

The Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player is one of world golf’s most renowned tournaments. When it made its debut in 1981 it offered the richest prize money in the history of golf of $1-million (approximately R15-million).

Throughout its history it has seen Major winners, world number ones and the legends of golf compete for the famed crystal trophy, from Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros to Ernie Els, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.

The tournament is one of only eight tournaments on the entire European Tour to enjoy the premium status of a Rolex Series event, and this year offers a total prize fund of $7.5 million (approximately R112-million).

BIG NAMES AT NGC: Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy will make his way to the 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge from November 8 to 11.
Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk.

The tournament also comes at a key time on the European Tour as the penultimate event before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on the Race to Dubai.

Tickets for the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player will be on sale soon.

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Annette van Schalkwyk
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