Cape Town - Justin Rose heads into this week’s Open Championship as the
hottest player in the game at the moment. And it’s highly likely that South
Africans will see one of the standout golfers of the season tee it up at Sun
City in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the end of the year.
The South African-born Rose won last week’s Scottish Open for his
second victory in as many starts, lifting him to third in the world. The
chances of Rose making it three wins in a row with the Open at Royal Liverpool
are not out of the question. Last year Phil Mickelson won both the Scottish
Open and Open.
Rose’s form has certainly put a smile on the face of Alastair
Roper, the tournament director of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, who is confident
the Englishman will make a sixth appearance in “Africa’s Major”.
“Since 2007 Justin has been a great supporter of the Nedbank Golf
Challenge. He has always felt a special affinity for South Africa as he was
born here and still has family in the country, so it’s always a good
opportunity for him to come out and spend some time with them. And he made his
professional breakthrough here when he won on the Sunshine Tour in 2002. It
works well for us and for him, and we have no reason to believe that 2014 won’t
be exactly the same,” he said.
Rose made his Nedbank Golf Challenge debut in 2007 and finished
second to Trevor Immelman that year. Last year he finished tied seventh behind
winner Thomas Björn.
Should Rose play again this year, he will be seeking a third
English title in five years at Sun City following Lee Westwood’s triumphs in
2010 and 2011. Sun City is a Sun International Resort.