PGA European - The Nelson Mandela Championship
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DATES: Thursday, December 6th through Sunday, December 9th
SITE: Royal Durban Golf Club, Durban, South Africa
COURSE ARCHITECT: Bob Grimsdell (1932)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,704
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 528 Yds10 - Par 4 418 Yds
2 - Par 4 304 Yds11 - Par 3 153 Yds
3 - Par 3 190 Yds12 - Par 4 429 Yds
4 - Par 4 481 Yds13 - Par 4 412 Yds
5 - Par 3 176 Yds14 - Par 5 509 Yds
6 - Par 4 447 Yds15 - Par 3 189 Yds
7 - Par 4 468 Yds16 - Par 4 382 Yds
8 - Par 4 406 Yds17 - Par 4 424 Yds
9 - Par 4 305 Yds18 - Par 4 483 Yds
35 3,305 Yds35 3,399 Yds
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-10:30 a.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 5:30-9:30 a.m. (et)
Total Purse:  $1,309,014
Share:  1st Place - $205,038; 2nd Place - $148,766; 3rd Place - $89,518
Past Nelson Mandela Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1stYear of the Event

Top Players in the Field
Gregory Bourdy3 European Tour wins, Won 2009 Hong Kong Open
Tim Clark3 European Tour wins, Won 2010 Players Championship on
George Coetzee8 top-10 finishes in 2012, World No. 49
Ignacio Garrido2 European Tour wins, Won 2003 Volvo PGA Championship
Branden Grace4 European Tour wins in 2012, World No. 36
Gregory Havret3 European Tour wins, Won 2008 Johnnie Walker
Peter Hedblom3 European Tour wins, Won 2009 Johnnie Walker
David Horsey2 European Tour wins, Won 2010 BMW International Open
David Howell4 European Tour wins, 2-time European Ryder Cup player
James Kingston2 European Tour wins, Won 2009 Mercedes-Benz Championship
Jose Manuel Lara2 European Tour wins, Won 2010 Austrian GolfOpen
Pablo Larrazabal2 European Tour wins, Won 2011 BMW International Open
Hennie Otto2 European Tour wins, Won 2011 South African Open
Richard Sterne5 European Tour wins, Won 2009 Alfred Dunhill
Marc Warren2 European Tour wins, Won 2007 Johnnie Walker
Steve Webster2 European Tour wins, Won 2007 Portugal Masters

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - George Coetzee
Darkhorse - Magnus A. Carlsson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Louis Oosthuizen) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Charl Schwartzel) - Finished 2nd
The European Tour opens the 2013 season this week in South Africa with the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship at Royal Durban Golf Club. Two of the top 50 players in the world are in the field - South Africans Branden Grace (36) and George Coetzee (49). South African Tim Clark, the 2010 Players Champion on the PGA Tour, is also in the field.

The 24-year-old Grace is coming off a breakout season in 2012, which saw him win four times on the European Tour and jump into the top 40 of the world rankings. He was the only player with more than two victories on the European Tour last year. Grace graduated from the 2011 European Tour Qualifying School and became the first European Q-School graduate to win four times the year after graduation.

This tournament will be the first of six European Tour events to be held in South Africa during the 2013 season, the most ever staged in the country in one year since the first European Tour event in South Africa in 1995.

This championship is one of four new events on the European Tour schedule for the 2013 season. The other three are the Tshwane Open in South Africa, the Russian Masters and Turkish Open.

The European Tour remains in South Africa next week for the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, where South African Garth Mulroy will defend his title.

12/04 13:59:03 ET

As of December 4, 2012, at 01:59 PM ET
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