Sun City field revealed

2011-10-20 10:53

Cape Town - World number one Luke Donald heads a field including two former world number ones, three of the world’s top six players, four major winners, eight of the current top 10 on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings, as well as seven Ryder Cup and two Presidents Cup stars in this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City from December 1-4.

Masters champions Charl Schwartzel will be flying the flag for SA.

Donald is the second consecutive world number one to tee it up in the annual showpiece, following Westwood’s appearance and victory in 2010. The strength of this year’s field is enhanced by another former top-spot holder in Martin Kaymer.

“I think it speaks volumes for the status of the Nedbank Golf Challenge that for the second year in succession we have been able to secure the world’s number one golfer for our tournament,” said Alastair Roper, the Tournament Director of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

“The fact that we also have the last three world number ones in our field in Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer makes it that much more special.”

Kaymer, winner of the 2010 PGA Championship, also leads a strong list of major winners in the field, including 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell, reigning Augusta champion Schwartzel and current Open champion Darren Clarke.

The field includes a total of seven Ryder Cup players in Westwood, Donald, Kaymer, McDowell, Clarke, Thomas Bjorn and Robert Karlsson. Schwartzel and Kim Kyung-Tae are also both in the International team for this year’s Presidents Cup in Australia.

American Jason Dufner, who came close to a maiden major this year when he finished second to Keegan Bradley in the PGA Championship, joins McDowell, Kaymer, Kim and Dyson as the players making their debut in this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge.

The 12-man field is:

Luke Donald (England)
Lee Westwood (England)
Martin Kaymer (Germany)
Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland)
Darren Clarke (Northern Ireland)
Robert Karlsson (Sweden)
Thomas Bjorn (Denmark)
Simon Dyson (England)
Anders Hansen (Denmark)
Kim Kyung-Tae (South Korea)
Jason Dufner (USA)


  • johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-10-20 11:09

    When will Tiger play?

      jpcronje - 2011-10-20 12:40

      Tiger has his own sponsored tournament running the same week in USA

  • njabulo.nxele - 2011-10-20 11:10

    Only one South African???

  • Inhlanzi - 2011-10-20 11:23

    Only 1 South African? Is there no-one Els they can invite?

  • Walter - 2011-10-20 12:29

    A great field to have for this year's spectacle. Thank goodness they aren't all queuing to play the Tiger Woods competition. What's with Macilroy? One appearance where he was ill. Does he think our food is poisonous?

  • Peter - 2011-10-20 12:29

    This is a pathetic draw!!!! Only 1 South African and 1 American is this becoming a European event?? - Els? - Clarke (if he isn't injured)? - Sabbatini? Not cool man!

  • Chris - 2011-10-20 12:45

    With the exception of the top five listed here, I wouldn't cross the road to watch them play. This event doesn't have the mystique that it had back in the 80's, and it's an extravagant event in the extreme!

  • Anca - 2011-10-20 19:22

    Top 5 names are brilliant invites. The rest, not much. Where is Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Ernie. Trevor Immelman idicated on twitter that he was interested to play in this tournament, if invited. On the other hand, maybe Adam was not invited bacause of the Wallabies beating the Boks. Must be a conspiracy. LOL

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