Bookies fancy Englishman for Sun City glory

    2017-11-08 09:45

    Cape Town - Nine South Africans will tee off at this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, but it's an Englishman who has been installed as tournament favourite.

    Leading SA bookmakers have Tyrrell Hatton as 27/2 favourite, followed by three golfers at 31/2 - England's Ross Fisher, and local stars Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace.

    Swede Alex Noren will be out to defend his title, while Englishman Tommy Fleetwood will look to take a step closer to wrapping up the European Tour's Race to Dubai title by increasing his lead over compatriot Justin Rose.

    Noren is on offer at 22/1, while Fleetwood can be backed at 25/1.

    The other South Africans in the 72-player field are on offer at: Charl Schwartzel (25/1), George Coetzee (32/1), Dylan Frittelli (59/1), Richard Sterne and Haydn Porteous (104/1), Dean Burmester (249/1) and Brandon Stone (329/1)

    The Nedbank Golf Challenge is the penultimate tournament of the European Tour season and the seventh event on the Rolex Series – the European Tour's premium category of eight tournaments for the Race to Dubai.

    The Nedbank Golf Challenge, now in its 37th year, will once again be played at the famed Gary Player Country Club, starting on Thursday, November 9.

    2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge field:

    Alex Noren (Sweden), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Brandon Stone (South Africa), Thomas Bjørn (Denmark), Tommy Fleetwood (England), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Tyrell Hatton (England), Ross Fisher (England), Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spain), Martin Kaymer (Germany), Francesco Molinari (Italy), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Bernd Wiesberger (Austria), Matthew Fitzpatrick (England), Paul Dunne (Ireland), Peter Uihlein (USA), Alexander Levy (France), Dylan Frittelli (South Africa), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand), Haotong Li (China), Jordan Smith (England), Thorbjørn Olesen (Denmark), Hideto Tanihara (Japan), Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium), Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay), Richie Ramsay (Scotland), Matthew Southgate (England), Lee Westwood (England), Ryan Fox (New Zealand), Joost Luiten (Netherlands), Mike Lorenza-Vera (France), Branden Grace (South Africa), Eddie Pepperell (England), Callum Shinkwin (England), Pablo Larrazabal (Spain), Andrew Dodt (Australia), Graeme Storm (England), Scott Hend (Australia), Alexander Björk (Sweden), Chris Wood (England), David Lipsky (USA), Jeunghun Wang (Korea), George Coetzee (South Africa), David Horsey (England), Søren Kjeldsen (Denmark), Shane Lowry (Ireland), Matthieu Pavon (France), David Drysdale (Scotland), Lucas Bjerregaard (Denmark), Adrian Otaegui (Spain), Dean Burmester (South Africa), Andy Sullivan (England), Marc Warren (Scotland), Julian Suri (USA), Sam Brazel (Australia), Gregory Bourdy (France), Richard Sterne (South Africa), Paul Waring (England), Ian Poulter (England), Jorge Campillo (Spain), Haydn Porteous (South Africa), Benjamin Hebert (France), Romain Wattel (France), Matt Wallace (England), Renato Paratore (Italy), Nacho Elvira (Spain), Edoardo Molinari (Italy), Victor Dubuisson (France), Stephen Gallacher (Scotland), Scott Jamieson (Scotland), Anthony Wall (England), Andres Romero (Argentina)

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