Els will join a field that includes 2003/2004 Sunshine Tour money winner Darren Fichardt and risning star Thabang Simon.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge, celebrating its 29th year at Sun City, is slated Dec. 2-5, followed by the dunhill championship - the first of two events co-sanctioned by the European Tour - Dec. 9-12.
The Sunshine Tour resumes in 2005 when the second oldest national open in the golf world, the South African Airways Open, is played Jan. 20-23. The Dimension Data Pro-Am , the Nashua Masters, and the Telkom PGA Championship wind up the season.
The full 2004/2005 summer schedule will be announced at a later date.
26-28 Nov -- Nelson Mandela Invitational at Arabella CE
2-5 Dec -- Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC (Sun City)
9-12 Dec -- + dunhill championship at Leopard Creek GC
13-14 Jan -- The Open International Final Qualifier at Atlantic Beach CC (Cape Town)
20-23 Jan -- + SAA Open Championship at Durban CC
27-30 Jan -- Dimension Data Pro-Am at Gary Player CC/Lost City GC (Sun City)
3-6 Feb -- Nashua Masters at Wild Coast CC
17-20 Feb -- Telkom PGA Championship at Woodhill CC (Pretoria)
TBD -- The Tour Championship (Venue to be confirmed)
+ Denotes a European Tour co-sanctioned event