European Golf Tour
PGA European - Nedbank Golf Challenge Preview
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DATES: Thursday, December 1st through Sunday, December 4th
SITE: Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
COURSE ARCHITECT: Gary Player (1979)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,825
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 440 Yds10 - Par 5 546 Yds
2 - Par 5 568 Yds11 - Par 4 458 Yds
3 - Par 4 449 Yds12 - Par 3 218 Yds
4 - Par 3 213 Yds13 - Par 4 444 Yds
5 - Par 4 491 Yds14 - Par 5 601 Yds
6 - Par 4 424 Yds15 - Par 4 471 Yds
7 - Par 3 225 Yds16 - Par 3 211 Yds
8 - Par 4 492 Yds17 - Par 4 477 Yds
9 - Par 5 596 Yds18 - Par 4 501 Yds
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36 3,898 Yds36 3,927 Yds
 
Annual:  31st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Lee Westwood
Runner-Up:  Tim Clark
Tournament Record:  263 (Ernie Els, 1999)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Ernie Els, 1999)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Nick Faldo, 1994)
Course Record:  63 (Ernie Els, 2002; Henrik Stenson, 2008; Nick Watney, 2009)
Total Purse:  $5,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,250,000; 2nd Place - $660,000; 3rd Place - $450,000
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Lee Westwood271Robert Allenby285
Tim Clark279Padraig Harrington285
Retief Goosen280Anders Hansen286
Miguel Angel Jimenez280Justin Rose286
Ernie Els283Edoardo Molinari287
Ross Fisher283Louis Oosthuizen290
 
Past Nedbank Golf Challenge Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Lee Westwood (271) -- Tim Clark
2009*Robert Allenby (277) -- Henrik Stenson
2008Henrik Stenson (267) -- Kenny Perry
2007Trevor Immelman (272) -- Justin Rose
2006Jim Furyk (276) -- Henrik Stenson
2005*Jim Furyk (282) -- Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen, Adam Scott
2004Retief Goosen (281) -- Ernie Els, Stuart Appleby
2003*Sergio Garcia (274) -- Retief Goosen
2002Ernie Els (267) -- Colin Montgomerie
2001*Sergio Garcia (268) -- Ernie Els
2000*Ernie Els (268) -- Lee Westwood
1999Ernie Els (263) -- Colin Montgomerie
1998*Nick Price (273) -- Tiger Woods
1997Nick Price (275) -- Ernie Els, Davis Love III
1996*Colin Montgomerie (274) -- Ernie Els
1995Corey Pavin (276) -- Nick Price
1994Nick Faldo (272) -- Nick Price
1993Nick Price (264) -- Mark McNulty
1992David Frost (276) -- John Cook
1991Bernhard Langer (272) -- Mark Calcavecchia
1990David Frost (284) -- Jose Maria Olazabal
1989David Frost (276) -- Scott Hoch
1988Fulton Allem (278) -- Don Pooley, Ken Green
1987Ian Woosnam (274) -- Nick Faldo
1986Mark McNulty (278) -- Lanny Wadkins
1985Bernhard Langer (278) -- Lanny Wadkins
1984Seve Ballesteros (279) -- Nick Faldo
1983Seve Ballesteros (274) -- Fuzzy Zoeller, Nick Faldo
1982*Raymond Floyd (280) -- Craig Stadler
1981*Johnny Miller (277) -- Seve Ballesteros

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Lee Westwood5th------T-6---------T-5---Won
Anders Hansen---------------------------T-9
Luke Donald------------5th---T-611th8th---
Robert Karlsson---------------------3rd9th---
Charl Schwartzel---------------5th10th---------
Darren Clarke11thT-84th---T-2---------------
Martin Kaymer------------------------------
Graeme McDowell------------------------------
Kyung-Tae Kim------------------------------
Simon Dyson------------------------------
Francesco Molinari------------------------------
Jason Dufner------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Luke Donald
Darkhorse - Graeme McDowell
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jaco Van Zyl) - Finished tied for 20th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jbe' Kruger) - Finished tied for 25th
 
NOTES:
One of the finest off-season events takes place this week, as the 31st annual Nedbank Golf Challenge gets underway in South Africa. Three of the top-four players in the world are in the field - Luke Donald (1), defending champion Lee Westwood (3) and Martin Kaymer (4). They are joined by Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and British Open champion Darren Clarke. All 12 players in the field are ranked in the top-40 in the world. Clarke is the lowest-ranked player at No. 38.

Last year, Westwood fired rounds of 68-64-71-68 for an easy victory. He had a chip-in birdie at the final hole to capture this elite-field event by an eye-opening eight shots at 17-under 271. The win capped off an amazing year for Westwood, who overtook Tiger Woods for the No. 1 ranking in the world.

In 2008, Henrik Stenson led wire-to-wire as he opened with a 63 and finished with rounds of 71-65-68 to win by nine strokes over Kenny Perry. Stenson finished the event at 21-under-par 267. His opening round 63 tied the course record set by Ernie Els in 2002.

Jim Furyk cruised to victory in 2006, defeating Stenson by two shots to capture this event for the second straight year. In 2005, Furyk became the first American to win since Corey Pavin back in 1995. After missing a par putt on the final hole of regulation which would have won him the title, Furyk redeemed himself by chipping in from behind the flag on the second extra hole for the win.

Ernie Els is a three-time champion and has dominated the tournament in his 17 appearances, posting three wins and four runner-up finishes, not to mention he is the event's all-time money leader.

Retief Goosen has fared well with one win (2004), two runner-up finishes (2003, 05), a tie for fourth (2002), sixth (2006), 12th (2007), fifth (2009) and a tie for third (2010) in his last eight appearances.

Els is the all-time leader in subpar rounds with 49, seven clear of Nick Price (42). Bernhard Langer is third with 38. Several players have posted back-to- back titles. Seve Ballesteros was the first to accomplish the feat, winning in consecutive years back in 1983-84. David Frost captured two in a row (1989-90), Price in 1997-98, Els (1999-2000) and Furyk (2005-06). Ballesteros (1984), Nick Faldo (1994) and Stenson (2008) are the only players to win wire- to-wire. When Sergio Garcia captured this event in 2001, he became the youngest winner at the age of 21 years and 10 months.

11/29 15:39:08 ET

As of November 29, 2011, at 03:39 PM ET