GOLFER Brendon de Jonge will be hoping to bring down the curtain on the most successful year of his professional golf career with another good performance at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
The prestigious tournament widely considered as “Africa’s Major” will tee off today at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City with de Jonge inside the field of 30 players who will compete for a total of $6,5 million.
The winner will walk away a whopping $1,25 million richer.
De Jonge who will be making his maiden appearance at the Nedbank Golf Challenge will be encouraged by his 16th place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Golf Club last week.
He will, however, be the first to admit that he needs to do much better this week as he comes up against a much stronger field which includes US Open Champion Justin Rose, the inform Swede Henrik Stenson and home favourites Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.
The pre-tournament favourite will no doubt be Stenson, the 2008 Nedbank Challenge champion who is enjoying an incredible run of form that saw him become the first man in history to win The European Tour’s Race to Dubai and the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup in the same season.
Zimbabwean golfers have in the past done very well at the Nedbank Golf Challenge with Nick Price having won it a record three times in 1993, 1997 and 1998 while Mark McNulty won it in 1986.