Kevin Na (Supplied)
Cape Town - PGA Tour star Kevin Na has
withdrawn from next week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge because of a back injury.
Na will be replaced in the field
for the December 3-6 tournament by England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who makes his
second appearance in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. He finished tied 14th
According to Na’s management
company, Empire Sports Management, the Korean-born American has decided to rest
his injured back.
“Kevin’s back is not in good shape at the
moment. He has decided to err on the side of caution and withdraw in order
to give his back the appropriate amount of time for rest and rehab.
“Kevin acknowledges that this will be
disappointing news. He was looking forward to a return trip since he had such a
good experience last year,” said his manager, Kevin Lynch.
Fleetwood heads back to Sun City as one of
the European Tour’s most consistent players over the past two seasons. This
year he had four top-10s on the European Tour, including third in the Shenzhen
International, tied fifth in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play and tied sixth in the
BMW PGA Championship.
The 30th and final
place in “Africa’s Major” will be taken by the winner of the Alfred Dunhill
Championship this weekend.
NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE CONFIRMED PLAYERS:
Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
Webb Simpson (United States)
Keegan Bradley (United States)
Henrik Stenson (Sweden)
Danny Willett (England)
Thomas Aiken (South Africa)
Shane Lowry (Ireland)
Victor Dubuisson (France)
Bernd Wiesberger (Austria)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand)
Byeong Hun An (South Korea)
Martin Kaymer (Germany)
Søren Kjeldsen (Denmark)
Tommy Fleetwood (England)
Ross Fisher (England)
Marc Leishman (Australia)
Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand)
Andy Sullivan (England)
Jaco van Zyl (South Africa)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (England)
Chris Wood (England)
Emiliano Grillo (Argentina)
Russell Knox (Scotland)