Cape Town - Henrik Stenson will return
to the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player for the first time in three
years, when the 2016 Open champion tees it up in the penultimate event on the 2019 Race to Dubai from November 14-17, 2019.
The Swede, who lifted the
trophy at Gary Player Country Club in 2008, became the first male major
champion from Scandinavia when he triumphed in The 145th Open championship at
Royal Troon three years ago.
He recorded a final round 63 in a thrilling battle
with Phil Mickelson, which drew comparisons with the legendary ‘Duel in the
Sun’ between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977.
Stenson’s last appearance
in Sun City came in the same year as that famous win, as he went on to top the
Race to Dubai rankings for the second time, after first
ascending to the European No 1 spot in 2013.
As both Sun City and Gary
Player Country Club celebrate their 40th anniversary, the
11-time European Tour winner will aim to claim a second Nedbank Golf Challenge
title and his first since the event became part of the European Tour’s
international schedule in the 2014 season.
The 43-year-old has an
impressive record in the event, finishing inside the top 10 in each of his last
three appearances, including a runner-up finish behind Australian Marc Leishman
Stenson said: “I’ve always
enjoyed playing in the Nedbank Golf Challenge and I’m glad that I’m able to get
back, especially as Sun City celebrates its 40th anniversary this
“The last time I played in
2016 it was part of a pretty memorable year for me, and it would be great to
mark my return by getting my hands on the trophy again.”
Gary Player said: “Our
field for the Nedbank Golf Challenge is becoming one of the strongest in golf,
and the addition of Henrik Stenson is exciting for our fans. He’s a major champion and past winner at Sun City and no doubt seeking a win.
“Last time Henrik played in
this event he brought my old friend, the Claret Jug, to Sun City and we had a
nice chat about his victory. I am thrilled he is returning and making our 40th anniversary
even more special.”
Stenson joins a field that
includes fellow Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, defending champion Lee
Westwood, and South African major winner Louis Oosthuizen.
Westwood will be looking to
make history as the first golfer to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge four times,
while 2010 Open champion Oosthuizen will be seeking to win the title for the
first time after finishing third last year, four shots behind the European
Ryder Cup legend.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge
will enhance its status as one of world golf’s elite tournaments this season
with an increase in both the first place prize money and Race to Dubai points -
the winner of the 2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge will take home $2.5 million, a significant increase on the $1.25 million won by Westwood last year.
The overall prize fund
remains at $7.5 million, with the balance of the 63-player field from second
place onwards playing for a $5 million prize fund.
This year’s tournament also
offers an increased haul of Race to Dubai points from 7 500 to 10 000, which
places it above what the World Golf Championships tournaments offer.
General access tickets and
luxury return shuttles for the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player can
be purchased HERE