Cape Town - Thomas Bjorn will
return to the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player from November 8-11,
2018, with Europe's victorious Ryder Cup captain joining a world-class field.
The Dane, who clinched
the last of his 15 European Tour titles at Gary Player Country Club at the
start of the 2014 season, is returning to South Africa for the first time since
he captained Europe to a 17.5 - 10.5 victory over the United States in Paris in
This year the $7.5 million tournament is once again part of the Rolex
Series - the premium category of tournaments on the European Tour's Race to
Dubai - and will be a pivotal event in helping to crown the Race to Dubai
Champion the following week.
Bjorn produced a
stunning final round 65 to claim the Nedbank Golf Challenge title four seasons
ago - including two eagles on the back nine - with a two-shot victory over
Jamie Donaldson and Sergio Garcia.
Europe's all-time Ryder
Cup points leader Garcia and fellow team-mate Rory
McIlroy are also in the field this year, and Bjorn is relishing the opportunity
to go up against some familiar faces in Sun City.
"I've got great
memories of this event and I'm looking forward to getting back to Sun City as a
special year comes to a close," said Bjorn.
"Winning the Nedbank
Golf Challenge in its first year on the European Tour schedule is something I
won't forget. I knew I had to go low on the final day and in the end it was a
fantastic battle against Sergio and Jamie.
"It's always an
exciting week, and I'm looking forward to being part of such a great field,
including several members of Team Europe."
field also includes home favourite and defending champion Branden Grace as well
as his countryman and Brandon Stone, who secured the Scottish Open title in July.
Bjprn is part of an illustrious list of former Nedbank Golf Challenge
champions, including the late, great Seve Ballesteros (1983 and 1984), Ernie
Els (1999, 2000 and 2002), Bernhard Langer (1985 and 1991), Colin Montgomerie
(1996), Sir Nick Faldo (1994) and Garcia in 2001 and 2003.
Sweden's Alex Noren, a two-time Rolex Series winner,
captured his first title in South Africa in 2016.
Tickets for the Nedbank
Golf Challenge are on sale