Top golfers confirmed for Nedbank Golf Challenge 2017

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A stellar line up consisting of some of the best golf players in the world has been confirmed for the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player from November 9-12, 2017.

Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn will return to a happy hunting ground in Gary Player Country Club, the scene of his last European Tour victory, after receiving an invite for the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

The Dane will make a welcome return to South Africa, where four years ago he swept aside challenges from the likes of Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Justin Rose to claim the 15th European Tour title of his glittering career.

Bjørn, whose 2013 triumph in Sun City was his first on South African soil, will tee it up alongside some of the world’s finest players in the $7.5 million tournament, which takes place from November 9-12 and is part of the 2017 Rolex Series – a collection of eight premium events.
“I am delighted to be returning to the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City for the Nedbank Golf Challenge,” Bjørn said.

SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 05: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark plays a shot during the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 5, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thomas Bjorn

“It is a terrific event in a beautiful part of the world and I am very much looking forward to competing there once again.
Major winner Louis Oosthuizen has confirmed his place at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player from November 9-12, 2017.

This year, the $7.5 million tournament at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa, takes its place as part of the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of eight events on the Race to Dubai.

South African Oosthuizen, who has 13 titles worldwide, triumphed at The 139th Open Tournament at St Andrews in 2010 to claim his maiden Major title.
He will make his seventh appearance in what is regarded locally as ‘Africa’s Major’ when he tees it up at Gary Player Country Club aiming to improve on his previous best finish of fourth place in 2012.

SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 13: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa hits his tee shot on the 2nd hole during day four of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on November 13, 2016 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Oosthuizen said: “I’m always very excited to play the Nedbank Golf Challenge, and I can’t wait to tee it up again this year.
“Playing in front of a home crowd is always a lot of fun. It all adds up to make this one of the most special weeks on tour.”

Tournament host Player, said: “I am delighted to have Louis join us at Sun City as one of South Africa’s leading international players, and I’m so pleased he continues to support our local tournament.”

GREENSBORO, NC – AUGUST 20: Henrik Stenson walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 20, 2017 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

World Number Eight Henrik Stenson will bring his Major appeal to South Africa once again when he returns to the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player, from November 9-12.

The 2016 Open Champion will be aiming to take the title at Gary Player Country Club for a second time, after lifting the trophy in 2008 and finishing as runner-up two years ago.

The Swede will join compatriot and defending champion Alex Noren in Sun City for the penultimate tournament of the season and the seventh event in the Rolex Series – the European Tour’s premium category of eight tournaments on the Race to Dubai.

The 11-time European Tour winner, who topped the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex after a magnificent 2016 season, is looking forward to teeing it up at what is known locally as ‘Africa’s Major’ for the third successive season as he also bids to secure his first Rolex Series title.

Stenson said: “The Nedbank Golf Challenge is a tournament that I always enjoy being part of. The Gary Player Country Club is a fantastic place to play golf, and I’m looking forward to getting back to Sun City this year.