The 30 players that will tee it up in Thursday’s first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge bring with them a collective golfing might that is among the strongest ever seen at the Gary Player Country Club.
The expanded field includes players who have a combined 354 tournament victories worldwide. There are also five Major winners in the field, including Ernie Els, Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and defending champion Martin Kaymer.
In terms of current form, 23 of the 30 golfers have won at least one title this year.
And there are 18 golfers making their debut in “Africa’s Major”.
But perhaps the most important statistic of all is that the field includes a select group of four golfers who are past Nedbank Golf Challenge champions. Els, Kaymer, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia are quite clearly the ones the rest of the field will look to as the favourites.
The 2013 Nedbank Golf Challenge field:
Victor Dubuisson, Thongchai Jaidee, Thomas Bjørn, Thaworn Wiratchant, Sergio Garcia, Peter Uihlein, Richard Sterne, Ryan Moore, Matteo Manassero, Morten Ørum Madsen, Peter Senior, Louis Oosthuizen, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, Joost Luiten, Justin Rose, Kevin Streelman, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, Henrik Stenson, Jamie Donaldson, Ernie Els, Francesco Molinari, Gary Woodland, DA Points, Darren Fichardt, Dawie van der Walt, Branden Grace, Brendon de Jonge, Charl Schwartzel, and David Lynn.
Article courtesy of Sport24.