Kevin Na (Supplied)
Cape Town - American Kevin Na and double
Major champion Martin Kaymer lead a flood of European Tour and PGA Tour stars, including
some of the most exciting young players in world golf, who have been confirmed
for this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun
City from December 3-6.
A total of 28 of the world’s best
golfers have now been confirmed for “Africa’s Major”, with Na and Kaymer
among the biggest names on the list of further players announced on
Na makes his second appearance in
the Sun City showpiece and heads back to South Africa in impressive form following
a playoff defeat for the Frys.com Open as well as finishes of second and third
in three of his last four tournaments. He also finished tied 12th in
the Masters in April.
Two-time Major champion Kaymer is
making his fifth appearance in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in a year in which he
finished in the top 20 in the Open and the PGA Championship.
Of the 16 additional players
announced, 11 have won on either the PGA Tour or European Tour this year alone,
bringing some of the most in-form golfers in the world to Sun City.
Irishman Shane Lowry won a World Golf
Championship tournament this year. Victor Dubuisson, Bernd Wiesberger, Byeong
Hun An, Søren Kjeldsen, Thongchai Jaidee and Chris Wood are all European Tour
winners this year.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat heads to Sun City having
won twice on the European Tour this year, while Andy Sullivan is back in South
Africa as the only three-time winner on the European Tour in 2015.
The field then also includes two of the
hottest young players in world golf in England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and
Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo.
Fitzpatrick won the British Masters in his
rookie season on the European Tour, while in America Grillo also impressed in
his rookie PGA Tour season when he won the Frys.com Open - beating Na in
playoff - in his first tournament.
And England’s Ross Fisher, Australia’s Marc
Leishman and South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl have all had solid seasons in 2015.
“We have a great mix of stars from the
European Tour and PGA Tour, Major winners, Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup
players, former world number ones, as well as the hottest young players in
world golf. I think this is one of the best Nedbank Golf Challenge fields we’ve
had in recent years and one of the most exciting in terms of the depth of talent
we’ll have,” said Alastair Roper, Sun International’s Tournament Director for
the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
“We now have two spots remaining
for our field of 30, one of which will go to the winner of the Alfred Dunhill
Championship the week before the Nedbank Golf Challenge.”
NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE CONFIRMED PLAYERS:
Ernie Els (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)
Kevin Na (United States)
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)