Cape Town - Louis Oosthuizen has confirmed his place in
the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge from
The $7.5 million tournament at the 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 Championship at St Andrews in 2010
to claim his maiden Major title.
He will make his seventh appearance in ‘Africa’s Major’ when
he tees it up at the Gary Player Country Club and aims to improve on his
previous best finish of fourth place in 2012.
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 Gary 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 golf in South Africa.”
Oosthuizen heads to Sun City having achieved a career-best
finish of tied second in The Players Championship this year, and amidst an
exciting evolution of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
tournament will be the seventh of eight events on the European Tour’s new Rolex
Series, a premium category of tournaments each with a minimum prize fund of $7 million.
significant prize fund and greater Race to Dubai points on offer, Oosthuizen will be joined by some of the
world’s top golfers, including defending champion and world number eight Alex
Noren, in the final event before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship,
Dan Sevel, Sun International’s Tournament Director for the
Nedbank Golf Challenge, said: “We are delighted to welcome Louis back to
Sun City at a time when the Nedbank Golf Challenge occupies such a prestigious
place on the European Tour’s new Rolex Series.”
Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships & Cause
Marketing, Group Marketing, GMCCA for Nedbank, said: “We are excited to have a
player of Louis’s calibre in the field for the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge
hosted by Gary Player. He is a great ambassador for South African golf, and no
doubt he’ll lead a strong local contingent with the hope of claiming the first
South African victory since 2007.”
Tickets for the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary
Player are on sale at http://www.ticketpros.co.za
Adults will pay R100 for access on the practice and pro-am
days on Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8, after which the cost will
be R200 on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, and R220 on Saturday,
November 11 and Sunday, November 12, all excluding a programme.
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will gain free access
on November 7 and 8, after which they will pay R90 on November 9 and 10, and
R100 on November 11 and 12, all excluding a programme. Children under 12 will
gain free access for the duration of the event.
For further information, please go to www.nedbankgolfchallenge.com