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Don't forget about the 2013 NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE!!!

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Yes as most know, Tiger's tournament is this weekend featuring an impressive list of names.

HOWEVER

The European Tour has a very impressive field of its own in South Africa with a 6.5 million dollar purse (US)

Brendon De Jonge, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel, and Gary Woodland are all among this fairly stacked field.

Name Affiliate Club Country Category Rank
Fredrik ANDERSSON HED Black Mountain GC SWE 0k 190
Kiradech APHIBARNRAT Singha THA 0k 68
Thomas BJÖRN DEN 0d 10
Grégory BOURDY Golf Bordelais FRA 0k 112
Kristoffer BROBERG Haninge GK SWE 0k 191
Rafa CABRERA-BELLO LOPESAN Hotel Group ESP 0k 127
Magnus A CARLSSON Frösåker G&CC; SWE 0k 286
Paul CASEY ENG 0k 94
George COETZEE Pretoria CC RSA 0k 91
Brendon DE JONGE Pipers Glen ZIM 0c 26
Luke DONALD ENG 0c 28
Jamie DONALDSON Macclesfield GC WAL 0d 5
Victor DUBUISSON FRA 0d 6
Ernie ELS RSA 0e 24
Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTAÑO GFC Golf & Business ESP 0d 7
Darren FICHARDT Centurion Golf Estate RSA 0k 1
Ross FISHER ENG 0k 80
Tommy FLEETWOOD Formby Hall ENG 0k 117
Marcus FRASER Corowa GC Resort AUS 0k 99
Stephen GALLACHER Kingsfield Golf Centre SCO 0k 62
Sergio GARCIA Club de Golf Del Mediterraneo ESP 0c 22
Branden GRACE Fancourt RSA 0b 0
JB HANSEN Royal Mougins GC DEN 0k 215
Andreas HARTØ Furesø Golfklub DEN 0k 281
David HORSEY Styal GC ENG 0k 222
David HOWELL Queenwood, Surrey ENG 0k 97
Mikko ILONEN Black Mountain GC, Hua Hin FIN 0k 81
Raphaël JACQUELIN Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort FRA 0k 119
Thongchai JAIDEE Black Mountain THA 0d 9
Scott JAMIESON SCO 0k 107
Martin KAYMER GER 0a 0
Maximilian KIEFFER Fleesensee GCC GER 0k 260
Pablo LARRAZÁBAL El Prat GC ESP 0k 96
Peter LAWRIE GREENi Golf IRL 0k 266
Shane LOWRY Carton House IRL 0k 75
Joost LUITEN NED 0d 12
David LYNN Blowers Watches.com ENG 0k 42
Morten Ørum MADSEN Silkeborg GC DEN 0i 0
Matteo MANASSERO Royal Park I Roveri ITA 0d 11
Edoardo MOLINARI Asiago GC ITA 0k 264
Francesco MOLINARI CIRCOLO GOLF TORINO LA MANDRIA ITA 0d 13
Ryan MOORE USA 0k 33
Thorbjørn OLESEN DEN 0k 58
Louis OOSTHUIZEN Albertinia GC RSA 0e 30
D A POINTS USA 0c 30
Julien QUESNE FRA 0k 125
Robert ROCK The Belfry/Robert Rock Golf Academy ENG 0k 238
Justin ROSE Golf at Goodwood ENG 0c 10
Brett RUMFORD Royal Perth AUS 0k 77
Ricardo SANTOS Oceânico Victoria GC POR 0k 216
Charl SCHWARTZEL Blair Atholl RSA 0c 27
Peter SENIOR Hope Island Resort AUS 0h 0
Henrik STENSON Barseback G&CC; SWE 0c 1
Richard STERNE Pearl Valley Golf Estate RSA 0d 8
Graeme STORM Rockliffe Hall ENG 0k 287
Kevin STREELMAN USA 0c 25
Simon THORNTON Team Ireland Golf IRL 0k 288
Peter UIHLEIN Floridian USA 0d 14
Dawie VAN DER WALT Paarl GC RSA 0k 2
Jaco VAN ZYL Dainfern GC RSA 0k 137
Marc WARREN SCO 0k 111
Romain WATTEL Bussy St Georges FRA 0k 202
Bernd WIESBERGER Reiters-Hotels.com AUT 0k 56
Danny WILLETT ENG 0k 114
Thaworn WIRATCHANT SINGHA THA 0f 0
Chris WOOD Long Ashton GC ENG 0k 71
Gary WOODLAND USA 0c

GREAT WEEKEND OF GOLF.

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Yep, it should be a VERY good tournament.  I wouldn't bet against Schwartzel again this week either.....

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Yep, it should be a VERY good tournament.  I wouldn't bet against Schwartzel again this week either.....

Indeed! However, I'd find it hard to bet on anyone else than Henrik Stenson when push comes to shove. He loves the course (1st place in 2008, 2nd in 2009).

“I love the golf course – it is one of my favourites in terms of the design because it can be played as a resort course for the many people who enjoy all year round but then it allows the tournament officials the opportunity to really toughen it up for us when we arrive and make it a real test for the pros.

“You have to be very precise with your iron play around here and that was the real key to my victory here." -Stenson

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About the Course

The golf course at the Gary Player Country Club, since its opening in 1979, has been acknowledged as South Africa’s premier championship test of golf.

The home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge since 1981, this immaculately groomed layout has received rave reviews from the world’s top golfers, who agree that it is both demanding and fair. This course has been consistently rated as the best in South Africa, and compares with the best in the world.

The first course in South Africa to be constructed to stringent USGA specifications, this layout is famed for its length (over 7000 metres from the championship tees), its dramatic backdrops of the Pilanesberg Mountains, and its spectacular indigenous vegetation that flanks the fairways.

The first facility in South Africa to be built with multiple tees, the course can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels of skill, but even from the forward tees it remains a challenge. A distinguishing feature of the course is its greens complexes which allows for interesting pin positions on the clover-shaped putting surfaces protected by strategically placed bunkers.

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Looking forward to seeing this tournament. I like that they expanded the field this year.  I wonder how long Stenson can ride his wave of dominance? I hope he figures out the wrist issues!

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Just woke up to check on this..."Suspended play for a dangerous situation." on the website. If it was weather wouldn't they just say weather?

Anybody know what's going on? I don't have golf channel up right now.

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Nevermind, got the channel working on my computer, looks like inclement weather. It started working just in time to see a bunch of meerkats rush the green right when Justin Rose was putting. That was hilarious.

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This will be a great event too. Looking forward to some couch time this weekend. :-)

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One of my favorite golfers...Jamie Donaldson in the lead after round 2 by three strokes. But HOLD ON....Henrik Stenson has another nice round and is currently in second place. Things shaping up really nicely around this tournament.

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