Sun City set for top golf

2009-10-24 15:05

GOLFING fans will be in for a treat once more when the Nedbank Golf Challenge gets into swing at Sun City’s Gary Player Country Club from December 3-6.

The annual event, dubbed Africa’s Major, will see some of the world’s finest golfers battling it out in the blistering heat of the lush golf course overlooking Pilanesberg.

As usual, golf enthusiasts were showered with the good news this week at the official player announcement in Rosebank, when sponsors Nedbank and Sun International named the 12-man field to make the trip to Mzansi.

Perhaps it was even more enchanting to hear the name of young Northern Ireland sensation Rory McIlroy being announced as a debutante in this year’s edition.

The 20 year-old Irishman, nicknamed “Wonder Boy” because of his impressive tee shots and his accuracy in sinking crucial putts, has played extremely well since bursting onto the European PGA Tour scene recently.

It is no wonder that McIlroy has already been hailed as the heir apparent to world number 1 Tiger Woods’ throne. Other big guns to take part in the 72-hole showdown include defending champion Swede Henrik ­Stensson, US Master holder Angel Cabrera from Argentina and South Africa’s two-time US Open titlist, ­Retief Goosen.

Stensson, ranked 7th in the world, is best remembered for his runaway 10 shot lead in last year’s contest.

Another South African, Tim Clarke, has also been drafted into the line-up. The KwaZulu Natal-born played for the Rest of the World team in the President’s Cup side that lost to the US team recently.

Ernie Els, three-time Sun City winner, will give this year’s event a miss as he is reportedly in need of a holiday.

The line-up: Stensson (Sweden); Cabrera (Argentina); Goosen (SA), McIlroy (Ireland); Clarke (SA), Hunter Mahan (US), Nic Watney (US),Ross Fisher (England), Luke Donald (England), Robert Karlsson (Sweden), Robert Allenby (Australia), Richard Sterne (South Africa)

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