Current FedEx Cup Champion, and Race To Dubai Winner, Henrik Stenson returns to action at the Gary Player Country Club for the Nedbank Golf Challenge this week in Sun City South Africa. The 37 year-old Swede missed the South African Open a few weeks back after taking some time to heal the right wrist that has bothered him since his victory at East Lake.
Stenson said in an interview on Monday that the wrist was not affecting his game, but had again become inflamed during the Race To Dubai playoffs, and he had been taking anti-inflamatory treatment, along with some drugs for pain. He was the defending champion at the SA Open, but needed some more time for the wrist to heal.
The 30 man roster will tee it up in the Nedbank Golf Challenge for a share of the expanded $6.5 Million Dollar purse, and for the first time, Race To Dubai points. The tournament which has made alliances with the European Tour, and the Sunshine Tour will also award points for the Order of Merit, and Ryder Cup points.
Keith Waters, European Tour Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy, said: “The European Tour has long had an excellent relationship with South Africa and the Sunshine Tour, and this news will further strengthen that bond.
“The Nedbank Golf Challenge is an exciting addition to The European Tour International Schedule and to have such a lucrative purse on offer very early in the 2014 season gives a new dimension to The Race to Dubai.
“We are grateful to the support of Nedbank, Sun International and the Sunshine Tour and look forward to a fantastic tournament in December.”
The Nedbank Challenge has assembled a nice mix of players that will rival the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge going on in Southern California this week. Defending champion, Martin Kaymer will be joined by US Open Champ, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Americans, Kevin Streelman, Gary Woodland, and DA Points.
The other American in the field is European Tour regular, Peter Uihlein who will be joined by Turkish Airlines Open Champ, Victor Dubuisson, Gonzalo FDEZ Costano, and SA Open champ, Morten Madsen. This is a great field, and is well worth tuning in to see.
Other notables in the field include last week’s winner, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Loius Oosthuizen, Luke Donald, and Tongchai Jaidee from Thailand.
The Gary Player Country Club is a 7162 Meter par 72 layout designed in 1979 by Gary Player, and is located in Sun City, South Africa. It features Kikuyu grass throughout the venue with Bentgrass on the greens. The course is laid out in a sub-tropical woodland eco region known as Bushveld, and features tree-lined fairways and some water hazards.
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