Golf | 03 Jul 2017 | By Michael Vlismas
Ooosthuizen confirmed for 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player
Major winner Louis Oosthuizen has confirmed his place in the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player from November 9-12.
This year, the $7.5 million tournament at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa, takes its place as part of the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of eight events on the Race to Dubai.
South African Oosthuizen, who has 13 titles worldwide, triumphed at the 139th Open Championship at St Andrews in 2010 to claim his maiden Major title.
He will make his seventh appearance in ‘Africa’s Major’ when he tees it up at the Gary Player Country Club and aims to improve on his previous best finish of fourth place in 2012.
Oosthuizen said: “I’m always very excited to play the Nedbank Golf Challenge, and I can’t wait to tee it up again this year. Playing in front of a home crowd is always a lot of fun. It all adds up to make this one of the most special weeks on tour.”
Tournament host Gary Player said: “I am delighted to have Louis join us at Sun City as one of South Africa's leading international players, and I’m so pleased he continues to support golf in South Africa.”
Oosthuizen heads to Sun City having achieved a career-best finish of tied second in The Players Championship this year, and amidst an exciting evolution of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
The tournament will be the seventh of eight events on the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of tournaments each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million.
With the significant prize fund and greater Race to Dubai points on offer, Oosthuizen will be joined by some of the world’s top golfers, including defending champion and world number eight Alex Noren, in the final event before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Dan Sevel, Sun International’s Tournament Director for the Nedbank Golf Challenge, said: “We are delighted to welcome Louis back to Sun City at a time when the Nedbank Golf Challenge occupies such a prestigious place on the European Tour’s new Rolex Series.”
Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships & Cause Marketing, Group Marketing, GMCCA for Nedbank, said: “We are excited to have a player of Louis’s calibre in the field for the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player. He is a great ambassador for South African golf, and no doubt he’ll lead a strong local contingent with the hope of claiming the first South African victory since 2007.”
Tickets for the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player are on sale at http://www.ticketpros.co.za
Adults will pay R100 for access on the practice and pro-am days on Tuesday 7 November and Wednesday 8 November, after which the cost will be R200 on Thursday 9 November and Friday 10 November, and R220 on Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November, all excluding a programme.
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will gain free access on 7 and 8 November, after which they will pay R90 on 9 and 10 November, and R100 on 11 and 12 November, all excluding a programme. Children under 12 will gain free access for the duration of the event.
For further information, please go to www.nedbankgolfchallenge.com.
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