Three of top four at Nedbank Challenge

BY Bruce Young | Southern Africa Tour | 2011 Nedbank Golf Challenge | Preview | 29 Nov 2011

The Nedbank Challenge is played this week at Sun City in South Africa, bringing together twelve of the game’s elite golfers over 72 holes for a purse of US$5 million with US$1.25 million to the winner.

Even the last placed player in the field earns US$250,000 and so the tournament has regularly attracted the game’s best and this week is certainly no exception.

The world number one, three and four, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, head the list although local Charl Schwartzel is expected to attract his share of favouritism.

The only previous winner in the field is the defending champion Lee Westwood whose recent form suggests he could successfully defend.

Donald has taken time out of late for personal reasons but at his last start he won the Childrens Miracle Network Classic in Orlando and he been consistently inside the top ten in just about everything he has teed it up in this season.

Schwartzel has found some great from in recent weeks but his schedule has been hectic. He finished third at the Visa Taiheiyo Masters in Japan three weeks ago after a 4th place finish at the HSBC Champions event then played very well at the Presidents Cup.

Kaymer arrives here off his win at the HSBC Champions event and on that effort alone, never mind that he is the number four world ranked player, he is sure to be a fcator.

One player who will attract his share of interest is the emerging star Kim Kyung tae. The Korean played well at the Presidents Cup including a singles victory over Webb Simpson then led the Australian PGA Championship into the final round before eventually finishing 6th. He appears as if he could eventually join the likes of K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang amongst the elite of the game and how he measures up against this strong field will be of interest.

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    A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of the game comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.


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