Frost Returns to South Africa

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JOHANNESBURG -- David Frost has confirmed that he will be playing in the upcoming Nashua Masters at the Wild Coast Sun, and makes his return to this event as the 1987 Masters champion. Frost said on Tuesday that he was looking forward to renewing old friendships on the Sunshine Tour when he tees it up as one of the biggest names in the tournament at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club from February 5-8.
 
'It's good to be back. I've always enjoyed the Wild Coast, and it will give me a chance to see some amateurs I haven't seen in a while. I've spent so much time playing in America that I've lost touch with a lot of people here, so it's great to be back.'
 
Frost is making his first full appearance on the Sunshine Tour since he won the 1999 South African Open at Stellenbosch Golf Club, and is one of the few South African professionals to have won all three of the country's major golf titles, including the South African Open, the South African PGA Championship and the South African Masters.
 
'I've been very fortunate in that respect. It's nice to have that under your belt,' said the man who spends most of his time focusing on his successful wine business. 'I'm out here just to have a bit of fun playing golf and increase the awareness about my wines,' Frost said.
 
The provisional list of entries also includes another former South African Masters champion in Scott Dunlap; Craig Lile and Nico van Rensburg, both of whom were in contention for the South African Airways Open two weeks ago; Sven Struver, who won the 1996 dunhill championship in South Africa; and Wayne Westner. Hennie Otto, who claimed his maiden victory on the summer leg of the Sunshine Tour in this event last year, will not be back to defend his title.
 
Otto used the win as a stepping stone to gaining his European Tour card, and will be following the Tour to Bangkok for the Johnnie Walker Classic and then Australia for the Heineken Classic. 'I will do the Bangkok/Australia trip first. I am fit so I'll do the long trips first early in the year,' Otto said.
 
The Wild Coast Sun course is as always expected to provide a stern test. According to greenkeeper Ben van Niekerk, the rough is even more penal than it has been in the past, especially around the greens.
 
'We would like some more rain before the tournament gets underway as the extreme heat we have been experiencing in the area has taken a lot of moisture out of the course and we would like to let the rough grow a little longer if possible,' he said. 'If the wind doesn't blow here it is actually a fairly easy course, and some of these guys can score in the low sixties on their day. But when it blows, it really blows and asks some very challenging questions of the players.'