Justin Thomas will tee it up at the $6m (R113.9m) Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City from November 9-12, looking to become the first American winner of this event since Jim Furyk.
The two-time US PGA champion, who failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs this year, said he was looking forward to his visit.
“I am so excited to get to Sun City … and experience everything South Africa has to offer,” the 30-year-old former world No 1, who claimed the PGA Championship in 2017 and 2022, said in a statement released by the tournament organisers on Wednesday.
“It is a country I’ve always wanted to visit and this tournament gives me the opportunity not only to do that but to compete in such an historic event. “It’s been going for over 40 years and it is amazing to have [Gary] Player’s association. I can’t wait to see what makes it so great in November,” added Thomas, who has 15 career wins on the PGA Tour.
He is currently ranked 25th in the world, having not finished in the top three so far this year. Furyk won the NGC twice, in 2005 and 2006, and before him the only US golfer to triumph at the Gary Player Country Club were Corey Pavin in 1995, Ray Floyd in 1982 and Johnny Miller taking the inaugural event in 1981.
The 2023 edition of the NGC is the penultimate tournament on the DP World Tour schedule, offering an increased number of Race to Dubai ranking points.
Tommy Fleetwood will also return and aims to complete the Nedbank Golf Challenge hat-trick when he returns to Sun City’s Gary Player Country Club from 9-12 November 2023. The European Ryder Cup star last year successfully defended the trophy, which he first won in 2019, as ‘Africa’s Major’ returned to the DP World Tour schedule following the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Englishman will launch the second defence of his title when the $6 000 000 event returns later this year.
Tommy Fleetwood has an enviable record at Gary Player Country Club, finishing in a tie for 10th in 2017. This result helped him towards being crowned Race to Dubai Champion later that year before defeating Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult in a playoff two years later following a sublime seven-under-par closing round.
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