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South African Masters Gets Fresh Start

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Mark McNulty and Retief Goosen top off a quality field for the return of this week's venerable South African Masters at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.
 
Over the last three years, the Masters has only been contested once, with no play in either 1998 or 2000 due to a lack of sponsorship. However, under the funding from Nashua Nedtel Cellular, the Masters returns full of hope and promise that it will return to the same status that it has held over the last 80 years.
 
Considered one of the 'majors' of the Sunshine (South African) Tour, the Masters has been home to many a great South African champion over the years. Gary Player won the event a record ten times in his younger days, and other stars from the region have championed here as well, including Nick Price, David Frost, Hugh Baiocchi and Ernie Els.
 
Likewise, for McNulty, the event holds in its annals many of his fondest golfing memories, as he has captured the title on four separate occasions. In addition, he has won five tournaments in his professional career that have been contested over this same Wild Coast Sun course, making him a serious favorite in this upcoming week.
 
While Goosen has yet to claim the title in several attempts, another young star from Australia will be playing the event for the first time. Trevor Immelman, who at 19, became the latest of a crop of young stars to win professionally (at December's Vodacom Players' Championship) will be competing here for the first time ever