NGC cap weekend attendance to ensure ultimate fan experience

Nedbank Golf Challenge (Supplied)
Nedbank Golf Challenge (Supplied)

Sun City - The Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club is not about the number of people that flock to Sun City, it's about creating the best fan experience, according to tournament director Ken Payet

The fan experience at this year's tournament is exceptional with various activities, a wide arrange of entertainment and dining options over and above the top-class golf on offer. 

Last year, "Africa's Major" broke all previous attendance records with 72 000 fans attending thanks to the major drawcards of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia.

Payet, who has a been the tournament director for the past two years, revealed that they have decided to cap the weekend to allow only 20 000 people in per day to ensure an incredible fan experience.

"For us it's not about the amount of people, it's about the experience," Payet told Sport24 in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

"So we've actually capped Saturday and Sunday to 20 000 because if we go over that mark then that detracts from the whole fan experience that we're trying to create.

"We're making sure than year-on-year, we improve. Next year it's our 40th anniversary and we need to make sure we're better than this year," he said.

The winner of this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge will take home $2.5 million - an increase on the $1.25 million won by Lee Westwood in 2018.

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is the highest ranked golfer in the 63-man field at 18th.

Payet admitted that although they were hoping for a more star-studded line-up, he was quite content with the field.

"We always try and get the superstars, your marquee players like your Rory's and Dustin Johnson. However, in reality some Americans are reluctant to travel so far to South Africa and it's their off season," said Payet.

"We were hoping the $2.5 million first prize cheque would entice those players but we're not disappointed in our field. I know this is a world class field."

There are nine South Africans in the field, with the action scheduled to get under way on Thursday from 09:00.

Nedbank Golf Challenge

Nedbank Golf Challenge

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 7811 votes
Cricket
11% - 1966 votes
Football
19% - 3573 votes
Athletics
3% - 464 votes
Boxing
1% - 171 votes
Cycling
2% - 440 votes
Golf
5% - 915 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1542 votes
Tennis
3% - 612 votes
Water sports
1% - 168 votes
American sports
1% - 217 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 571 votes
Vote